Friday, December 27, 2013

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan isn't a teen book. It's not a typical whodunit mystery either. But because VOYA magazine included this book in the article "Clueless: Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal 2013,"  I thought I'd blog about it. The book IS a fascinating, thought provoking read that gets a brain cranking! And it's scary, very scary, if you believe that real life and real people can be scarier than monsters.

When the Empress Alexandra sinks, survivors are left floating on the the Atlantic in a lifeboat. Battling the elements is grueling but more horrifying is...
the size of the lifeboat. The lifeboat is too small! Some must die or all will die. But how can you decide who should die? Is it murder if a life of one is taken to preserve the lives of many? Would you be able to save yourself?
Decisions, decisions.....

The story is delivered first-person in the voice of Grace Winter. Ambitious, newlywed Grace is a piece of work, a character difficult to like but truly unforgettable. While Grace struggles to survive the lifeboat ordeal, we learn intriguing details about her life before the lifeboat. The details combine and deliver yet another puzzling story.

To write more would mean spoiling a story you'll enjoy reading and discussing.

This was Rogan's debut novel and I do hope she'll give writing a second book a go soon!

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