Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.
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 . . .
The Deep is the first book that I’ve read written by Alma Katsu. I was intrigued by this book because it is a horror story set in the past. Then, it was inspired by the ships that sank before – Titanic and Britannic.
The story was not fast-paced. Instead, the slow-paced narration helped in giving an atmospheric and suspenseful aura. While reading this, it makes me feel like I was rewinding my timeline to visualize the settings. It also gives me this creepy feeling while finding out the mystery that surrounds the sinking of Titanic and what happened there. As I keep on finding more clues, the story keeps on dragging me to learn the other secrets hiding somewhere, and why the Britannic might share the same fate as its sister ship.
I loved how the author weaves this story. How I can jump from the Titanic timeline to Britannic timeline through Annie Hebbley. I can see how these sister ships shared the same destiny and what lies behind the tragedic events. Is it just their fate to sank that day, or is there something more to it? I also love how she used the names of a real person as her characters in the story. It makes me think that this book was just like a journal of the events inside Titanic and Britannic.
Our main character is Annie Hebbley. She was onboard on Titanic when it sank in 1912, but she survives. Now, she was asked again to become a nurse aboard its sister ship, the Britannic. Annie is definitely an unreliable narrator since the start, and her being the narrator only adds to the confusion and mystery of what really happens before Titanic sank.
Overall, this is one hell of a ride from the past. I enjoyed the mystery and the other elements it has. I really love how the author comes up with the idea of retelling the events in Titanic and Britannic with horror elements. I will definitely check her other books.
Are you looking for historical events with a touch of paranormal? Then, I recommend this to you. Are you just looking for something to read? Then, try reading this book!
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy via The Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Genre(s): Horror, Historical Fiction, Adult
Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hunger made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was named one of the best novels of 2018 by the Observer, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books (and more), and was nominated for a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel.
The Taker, her debut novel, has been compared to the early works of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for combining historical, the supernatural, and fantasy into one story. The Taker was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist, was nominated for a Goodreads Readers Choice award, and has been published in over 10 languages. It is the first in an award-winning trilogy that includes The Reckoning and The Descent.
Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies. Additional information can be found on Wikipedia and in this interview with Ozy.com.
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