My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner's illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers - including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher - are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.
Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not - could not - have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .
Brilliantly combining fact and fiction, the historical and the horrific, The Deep reveals a chilling truth in an unputdownable narrative full of unnerving moments and with a growing, inexorable sense of foreboding.
The Deep by Alma Katsu is a wonderfully written and haunting ghost story that is deeply rooted in history.
The story involves both the Titanic and her sister ship, the Britannic which was operating as a hospital ship during WW I. The main character, Annie Hebbley is present on both ships, surviving the disastrous sinking of the Titanic only to find herself as a nurse tending to wounded soldiers on the Britannic years later. When she comes across Mark, a former survivor of the Titanic and now an unconscious soldier, odd things start to happen. There is a delightfully Gothic feel to this novel which I loved and the plot, although complex, is easy to follow with appealing characters that are well-developed. The history behind the two ships is explored and, to the best of my limited knowledge, is accurate and interesting but it’s the supernatural tale that Ms. Katsu weaves around the facts that really kept my interest.
The Deep is sure to delight any fan of the genre!
A big thank you to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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