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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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Apr 12, 12

Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Passengers and crew of a sunken ship struggle for survival in a cramped lifeboat. The story is narrated by Grace Winter who is one of the survivors in the lifeboat and recently married to a wealthy American. It is clear from the beginning of the book that Grace is eventually rescued and later faces trial, but the alleged crime and the circumstances in which it was committed are only revealed later in the novel.

This is an accomplished first novel, with a gripping plot that is especially topical exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic. The difference though is that passengers on the Titanic were rescued relatively quickly, whereas Grace and her fellow survivors spend weeks trapped in the lifeboat, and many of them perish before rescue arrives.

The characters are flawed and all the more credible for that; as the story develops and we learn more about Grace, doubts start to grow about her motivation and morals, and whether her version of events is entirely correct.

So far as the plot is concerned, I found Hardie's death difficult to believe: would a group of people who had gone through such a harrowing experience together decide to kill one of their number? In addition, I was unclear what the mysterious box that Hardie had on the lifeboat was meant to contain and what happened to it.
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