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Dead in the Water

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The shipwrecked, vacationing passengers of the ill-fated freighter,Morris,are picked up by theH.M.S. Pandoraand sail into a cruise of metaphysical terror, madness, and death. ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Delta (first published 1994)
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This is the freakiest, and perhaps the most frightening book I have ever read. Passangers aboard the freighter Morris believe they are headed toward Hawaii for vacation. Will they ever get there? No. The Morris goes under and the shipwrecked passengers are rescued by the Pandora. Are the passengers saved? No. The Pandora is a ghost ship and the passengers - the young and wealthy married couple, Phil and Elise Van Buren; John Fielder and his cancer-stricken son Matt; Donna, a cop haunted by memor ...more
Jeannie Sloan
Dec 05, 2010 Jeannie Sloan rated it it was amazing
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Good god!!!What a scary book.The first part had me on the edge of my seat chewing on my nails!I can see why it won the Bram Stoker for 1994.
It starts out chilling in telling you how you are going to drown and doesn't let up from there.
This is a story about a bunch of people who are in a ship wreck and what happens to them once they are rescued from the sea.There are a lot of twists and turns so that the story keeps you off balance but you know something terrifying is just around the corner.And b
Taylor Preston
Mar 03, 2012 Taylor Preston rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence to the last, this story baits, hooks, and reels you in, taking you on a journey of physical, emotional, and psychological horror. With a cast of rich, well developed characters, which include a tough-as-nails female cop, a doctor and his cancer-stricken nine-year-old boy, an elderly woman in search of her husband, and a young couple trapped in a failing marriage, Holder makes you invest in the lives of these people right from the start. You care what happens to them and t ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
This 1994 Bram Stoker Award winner for Best Novel has a killer opening line: “This is how it will be when you drown.” It then proceeds to tell you, in frighteningly tactile, insinuating detail, just exactly what that might feel like. For me, the rest of the novel didn’t live up to the opening (it tends to meander midway), but it felt satisfyingly all of a piece by the end. Holder is one of those horror writers who does not dick around, mercilessly depicting scenes of truly ghastly goings on; how ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Great plot--but I couldn't get into the style or characters and had to force myself to finish it.
Rebecca McNutt
May 26, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
This book began incredibly well, with an unsettling and eerie atmosphere and vibrant writing, but it quickly got incredibly boring, dull and unoriginal to the point where I was happy to be done reading it and then I donated it to a thrift store so that it wouldn't take up space. :(
Greg Leaping
Jan 12, 2016 Greg Leaping rated it did not like it
This book definitely makes my bottom 10 list for several reasons. 1. It's a conglomeration of words masquerading as a story. 2. It's a porous book that has several holes in it. 3. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and I could go on but I won't. Suffice it to say this book was like going on a bad acid trip. I rated it 1 out 5 stars.
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
Jun 03, 2015 Ninosha rated it it was amazing
I found this book creepy as hell. Especially the ending where John and his son are concerned. "Welcome aboard Daddy" sheeee eesh!.. Loved it. Loved all the gory details, the build up, everything. Really wish there was a short sequel though..
I never get tired of this one. Faboo horror story about what happens after some tourists are rescued from their awful little cruise ship and board a luxury liner.
Oscar Espinosa
Dec 29, 2012 Oscar Espinosa rated it did not like it
La almalgama de referentes clásicos es como el barco de la novela: se soporta gracias a ínfimas costuras que lo mantienen unido a duras penas. Para terror en ultramarino y/o acuático, mejor volver a fuentes como William Hope Hodgson o Lovecraft, por citar algunos. Dead in the Water es insulsa, soporífera y harto predecible. ¿Ganadora del Premio Bram Stoker? ¿En serio?
Jul 13, 2012 Maggie rated it it was ok
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Liked the idea of the story but it didn't work for me.
Nov 14, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
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