I was to stand trial for my life. I was twenty-two years old. I had been married for ten weeks and a widow for six.
It is 1914 and Europe is on the brink of war. When a magnificent ocean liner suffers a mysterious explosion en route to New York City, Henry Winter manages to secure a place in a lifeboat for his new wife Grace. But the survivors quickly realize the boat
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the atlantic ocean.
where people stop being polite and start being real.
i loved this book.
it has all the elements of a good survival story with all the furnishings of a well-written mystery novel. alliances will form, motives will be shrouded, lies and misdirection will win the day, and exposure and deprivation will make even the well-intentioned people a little loopy and unreliable.
it is a great idea for a novel, and rogan writes it well. the framing devi ...more
This was really difficult for me to get through, but I plowed my way th ...more
So is it enough for a book to be entertaining while you read it, and then forgettable? I guess that should be enough, only this was ground that has been covered better before, by Alfred Hitchcock. But where Alfred Hitchcock's film is visceral and tense, in t ...more
I can't help but wonder if I'll be less cynical if I read it. I was dying laughing -rolling on the floor laughing sharing about all my thoughts about this book with my husband..later my kids.
Something about it hit a giggle nerve. I was re-writing this novel as fast as I was reading it in my head! ( mine was comic-tragedy of course-- mostly heavy on the comedy).
I never understood why this little book was so popular for awhile.
Maybe for a great l ...more
In preparation for this Grace must recall as much as possible about what happened on that lifeboat and when.
What follows is a capt ...more
Generally I am interested in survival stories and books about civilized society breaking down, but this novel was a pain to get through. For starters, the writing was more juvenile than I expected, and I wondered if I had accidentally picked up a YA nov ...more
The Book Report: The book description says:
“Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Gra ...more
The idea is great: rags to riches governess is in a Lusitania type sinking in an overfilled boat.
Everything's there...but it is as tedious as being stuck on that boat.
Rogan writes well, above average in many ways, but in the all fashionable first person which all publishers now seem to like. Even then, we don't engage with the main character and if you can't nab us in the first person..well...
Η πλοκή και η εξέλιξη ειναι γρήγορες, στρωτές και άκρως ενδιαφέρουσες. Το βιβλίο δεν σε αφήνει να το αφήσεις. Όλα γίνονται γρήγορα,τρομακτικά,θλιβερά ανθρώπινα και αρκούντως συνταρακτικά.
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But, for me, the book didn't live up to its promise. The characters were poorly developed - I simply didn't care about them. The single first-person narrative structure lessened the reader's ability to interpret the situation from multiple points of view - and the narrator is a dull, reasonably submissive, self-cent ...more
I loved the fact that Grace Winter was an unreliable narrator; therefore we couldn’t believe the majority of what she told us readers. I came to the conclusion that she was an extreme ...more
Survival in a lifeboat may sound like a simple plot line, but it astounds in the hands of debut novelist, Charlotte Rogan. In The Lifeboat Grace Winter, age 22, sails from Europe to America with her new husband in order to meet her mother-in-law. After an explosion on luxury liner, the Empress Alexandra, Grace’s husband Henry secures her a place on a lifeboat. She survives three weeks in the overcrowded boat. Upon rescue, she finds herself on tr ...more
The narrator, aptly named Grace, appears on the first pages and right away, we know a few important plot points. We know that Grace survived on a lifeboat after her ship - like the Titanic two years prior - goes down. We also know that she is now on trial for a murder that took place during the ensuing ordeal. But here's what we don't know: how reliable is Grace as the ...more
I have read other books with the lifeboat premise. And they were pretty good. What happened to this one I do not know. ...more
The story line held so much promise that was sadly unresolved and unrealized. None of the characters were likeable. There wasn't enough real information to know them or see them clearly. All of the action in the story was told with a vague and unemotional delivery. I felt manipulated and used by the author and publisher and I regret spending my money on this book.
Wow, The Lifeboat blew me away with its narrative. The Lifeboat is literary, but it is also filled with mystery, and suspense. After the Titanic went down, did you ever wonder what it was like on the lifeboats for them? Did you re-call if you saw the movie, ...more
The narration of the ships accident and subsequent lifeboat ordeal was very compelling. There are some mystery/intrigue/suspense type "teasers" that didn't really pan out, I don't think. And, I'm not really sure I ...more
The premise is simple: 39 people are in a lifeboat. That’s practically everything you need to know, except even the most casual reviewer should supply a bit more. It’s set in the year 1914 somewhere in the Atlantic. It’s told retrospectively from the poin ...more
This is the perfect book to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be forced to abandon your co ...more
I had high expectations for this book. Here's the general idea of the story I had in mind when I decided to read it: Three woman are on trial for murder after being stuck on a lifeboat for days when their ship sank on a journey across the Atlantic.
Here's what I expected: psychological intrigue -  strangers picked to [survive in a boa ...more
The Lifeboat is an elegant and thrilling novel with many complex issues weaved into it. For any to live, some must die but the hard choice of survival can ...more
I just couldn't stop reading it, despite the fact that I've exams going on! I had to know what happens to Grace, who is an unforgettable character and the narrator of the book. Grace is not exactly likable nor is she particularly trustworthy - there are many times I doubted the credibility of her words. But she is a character who remained with me, along with Mrs. Grant and Hannah.
This book has something for everyone. It is scary, su ...more
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One can't possibly imagine what life is like when all you see is ocean and all you think of is your survival. There is much to be said about the human will to survive and even under t ...more
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