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“In 1914 the luxury liner carrying newlyweds Grace and Henry Winter from England to America suffers a suspicious explosion and sinks. Grace makes it into a lifeboat but Henry doesn't. Everyone in the lifeboat is sure they will be rescued within hours, but they are not and things do not go well...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Do not read this book. It was a chore that I had to finish. Instead of the page turner I expected, it was the monotonous, day in, day out horrors of living on a lifeboat not knowing if you'd ever be rescued. Too many questions remained unanswered - those were the things that kept me reading,...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very thought-provoking…good discussion material”Lynda K. Curry wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review coming soon to: www.booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com”Cullengirl l wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I appreciate that this novel makes one think about the definition of and the mix of good and evil in all of us. Grace is quite the survivor, both on land and at sea, and it is interesting to see how her survival skills manifest; she displays traits which run the gamut from the waif in need of protection to a clawing wild woman.”Leslie N wrote this review Friday, November 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those novels that is reminiscent of the Titanic disaster, but isn’t about that event. The events that transpire might actually be worse (more dramatic) than the Titanic, if that is possible. It is a compelling story of survival that really makes you think what you would have done given the same situation.
As the title and description above indicate, the ship the passengers are traveling aboard encounters some disaster and the passengers have to disembark aboard lifeboats. These early events happen rather quickly at the beginning and you never get a complete sense as to what sort of disaster the ship encountered – I guess it didn’t matter for the passengers (who might not have really known what happened), but as the reader I wanted to know more. Set just 2 years after the Titanic’s fateful journey, it is reasonable that the characters, crossing the Atlantic, might have drawn parallels to the Titanic themselves. Once in the lifeboats, the deterioration of humanity as time passes and the situation worsens is extremely palpable and believable. It goes from a sense of not-so-bad, we will be saved, to udder desolation, panic, and the making of decisions that would never have happened under “normal” situations.
I thought the author did a wonderful job with the characters. Seeing their “real” selves come out as the situation worsens felt very believable. There were only a few small aspects of characterization that were a miss for me. The first was in Grace’s husband. I think I was supposed to care a lot more that Grace didn’t know if he was safe in another lifeboat or not; however, the author didn’t do enough in the few short passages early on where he was present to make me care at all about what happened to him. I also never had the sense that there were ever thirty people in the lifeboat. We only ever really hear about ten or so, so I had a hard time gauging how severe the situation was based on the overcrowding.
I couldn’t believe how the events that transpired became the fodder for a murder trial (this isn’t a spoiler, it comes out in the first few pages of the novel). A matter of life and death, loss of rationality, can lead to negative consequences. It was interesting seeing how Grace would navigate this tricky situation.
This was a novel that kept me on the edge of my seat and waiting the next time I could pick it back up.
The narrator was very effective at evoking the various characters, personalities, and emotionally charged conversations that ensued. Job well done.
This review was previously posted @ The Maiden's Court. Was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
“Victorian Lord of the Flies”Kim J wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Moody, intense and frightening.”Mr King's Bookshelf wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In 1914 the luxury liner carrying newlyweds Grace and Henry Winter from England to America suffers a suspicious explosion and sinks. Grace makes it into a lifeboat but Henry doesn't. Everyone in the lifeboat is sure they will be rescued within hours, but they are not and things do not go well .... It's kinda Lord of the Flies on the open seas. A very interesting look at what people are willing - or forced -to do to survive and a interesting 'what would you do' situation”Catwoman wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A study in human character. 39 people on a lifeboat after their ocean liner explodes and sinks. I loved the lifeboat parts- although was a bit repetitive in places. I thought the trial part at the end was a little slow moving. ”Kathy D wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this with morbid fascination.”Kathryn A wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No