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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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Jun 06, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012, love-the-cover
Read from May 19 to 27, 2012

I found this story engaging in that it made me think about what it would be like to be stranded with strangers for ten days in a life-threatening situation.

What I liked about the book was that it examined the dynamics of people in a survival situation, doing things that they never thought they'd do. An example was that they passed by a child stranded on some wreckage because to rescue him would result in capsizing their lifeboat and bringing death to them all.

What I questioned about the book was the feasibility of survivors facing murder charges once rescued. All the people in the lifeboat were guilty of being responsible for peoples' deaths (see example above). They could also be guilty in the situation where they drew straws to determine who would jump overboard. Was it murder, or was it doing whatever they needed to do to stay alive.

For a first novel, I was impressed with the story and how it drew me in.
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