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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 . . .
When I read the blurb that talked about Titanic’s sinking on her maiden voyage and that of her sister ship Britannic – an event in history that has long since intrigued me; but this is the first time I have actually picked up a book with this weaving storyline!
Now; in The Deep, the author uses dual timeline to give the readers an intriguing plot using the protagonist’s life – Annie Hebbley – a woman who served as a Stewardess to the wealthy passengers. The second timeline following Annie’s path four years later; when she serves as a nurse in Britannic, the sister ship of Titanic which has been refitted to work as a hospital ship during WWI!
Now, it doesn’t take long for the reader to realise that Annie is tormented by demons; both real and imagined; especially with the disclosure that she was institutionalized in the four years after surviving the sinking of Titanic.
As a historical mystery; the writing and the plotline goes a little slow; but it is for me; a whole lot slower than I would have expected of this genre – and why it took me a little time engage with the storyline. It took me a little research to understand that the author has actually weaved in real people within the plot – even if the focus remains on the fictitious Anne Hebbley.
The paranormal aspect of the plot; left a little to be desired – it was an adventure to understand that the way people of this time period were obsessed with not just the occult but everything that inexplicable; but it, in the end, wasn’t creepy per say!
I, as a reader did not become fully invested in Anne and other characters; but the desperate need to know EXACTLY how the story pans out had me interested right till the end! Fans of the historical genre and those who love conspiracy theories would definitely find this an enjoyable read! ❤
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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.