Title: The Deep
Author: Alma Katsu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Page Count: 431
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger comes an eerie, psychological twist on one of the world’s most renowned tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic and the ill-fated sail of its sister ship, the Britannic.
Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister–almost otherwordly–afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.
Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.
Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.
The Deep by Alma Katsu is a supernatural historic horror novel. The story inside is a twist on the real life events of the sinking of the Titanic and the Britannic ships. This is a book that tells the story in different timelines on the different ships and changing the point of view between various characters.
At the time of the Titanic sailing there are passengers that believe there is something sinister going on onboard the massive ship, Madeline Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Mark Fletcher and Annie Hebbley. After the Titanic sinks Annie who had survived hears from an old friend about an opportunity aboard a new ship, the Britannic. The Britannic will be a hospital ship and Annie decides to board the ship and take on this new job.
The Deep was much like Alma Katsu’s previous novel that I had read in which it uses the real characters and events from that time to give the story that realistic feel while also adding in it’s own elements to make a whole new version of events. Being somewhat Titanic obsessed I was quite interested in the story as I read but felt it had a slow pace in building the supernatural plotline. When finished with The Deep I would rate this one at three and a half stars having gained my interest in the events but feeling I’d wanted more to happen at a quicker pace.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, The Taker, The Reckoning, and The Descent. She has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the master’s writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Prior to the publication of her first novel, Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several U.S. agencies. She lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband.
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