One tsunami. Two lives. Over a decade of questions.
Torn apart by the Boxing Day tsunami. Thrown back together by destiny. This is a novel that will break your heart.
Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead.
Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.
Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.
This book is a must-read. I haven't cried so much (happy tears as well as sad ones) since I read Rowan Coleman's We Are All Made of Stars.
There are some beautiful descriptive pieces of the beauty of Thailand, which contrast with the horrific descriptions of the tsunami aftermath.
It is the story of 2 people who met in Thailand in December 2004 and each believed the other to have died in the tsunami. Ben and Izzy are two very strong characters, each with their own coping mechanism to help them deal with the aftermath of the tsunami and the fact that they both survived when thousands died in Thailand.
They accidentally come across each other ten years later in Bangkok and the book is the story of their relationship and how they have to face their own demons. Izzy, on the face of it, has a good life. She has a job, flat, boyfriend and cat - all the modern signs of a successful life. But she is very OCD and has never been near a beach or the sea since the tsunami. Ben is a diving instructor in Thailand, having lived in many places and with no serious relationships in his life.
The book follows them as they get to know each other and start to help each other through the emotional barriers. This is very painful for both of them - and the reader!
I cannot emphasise how much I loved this book. When I received the ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, I wasn't sure about it, but am so thankful I read it. This is one book that will stay with me for many years.
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