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Book review: From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

As promised, this is one mind and genre bending read. Into the Wreck is the story of a man who survived a historical shipwreck. However, it is not his story of survival, but the strange woman who helped him survive that is as the centre of this story.

The woman is, in fact, a strange shape-shifting creature from another planet who becomes attached to the ‘upright’ she meets, and curls her body around, at the shipwreck.

After the disaster, she becomes part of the man’s life, subtly haunting the man and his family.

I liked how this book defied expectations of literary fiction, and melded literary, historical and science fiction.

It was not a particularly easy or entertaining read, but it was a challenging one that made me think. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light and easy read, but someone who enjoys fiction that shifts boundaries and explores different ideas

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