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.
The Day Of The Wave is a fiction story based on the real life tsunami that happened in Thailand on boxing day in 2004.
The story alternates between Ben and Izzy who met while on holiday in Thailand at the tender age of sixteen. Just as the their relationship is just starting to blossom their life is literally ripped apart by events from that fateful day.
To start with it feels like the story is going to be a typical love story and to a certain point it is but it is also so much more. It’s a story about having to come to terms with your past and learning to live again.
Even though the story switches between Ben and Izzy and also between the lead up and to events on that horrific day, as well as the present day which is ten years later, the story flows really well and is easy to keep up with. The authors descriptions in the book brings Thailand direct to the reader and makes them feel like they are almost there experiencing the places and sounds and smells for themselves. My only issue with the story is that I would personally have liked the author to have written more about the actual day of the tsunami itself as it only makes up a very small percentage of the story and I don’t feel like I got the full impact of the horrendous atrocities that took place. Otherwise than that this really is a very beautifully and well written story.
The main characters Ben and Izzy are wonderful characters that are so realistic and you can’t help but get drawn into their world whilst routing for the pair of them. Their story in this book I found totally believable and could easily imagine it being a true story.
The Day Of The Wave truly is an inspirational story and one I feel that everyone should take time to read.
Many thanks to The Book Club and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.