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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Cass has lost everything; her husband, her son, and her will to live.

She walks in the dark when sleep eludes her. One sleepless summer night she spies a UFO and discovers a new obsession. It gives much-needed focus to her empty life.

When natural disasters destroy the Earth, Cass and other survivors are rescued and taken to a new world where the human race can begin anew.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Create Space Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 2nd 2013)
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Cassiel Carmichael was dragging herself up through the depths of depression, sure she would never be happy again. Five years previously she had lost her husband Mike and their four year old son Michael in a dreadful car crash. They were on their way home from the Adelaide show where they had had a wonderful day, but the weather was terrible, heavy rain and storms, but with only a short distance to go, Mike was sure he was fine to keep driving. When she woke in hospital, in unimaginable pain, lit ...more
Rhiannon Douglas

When I opened the advance review copy, I had this idea in my mind of Sci-Fi that we all tend to have. You feel like you know what will happen, how it all ends. We all know what people will write if it's about aliens and spaceships.

Not so with Lifeboat.

This was another "read in one go" book for me. I began and didn't want to stop. Cass is so easy to relate to, even if you aren't of the "aliens visit us" mindset. She is a normal woman, with a tragic past, who just happens to have seen a UFO. S
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
If you aren't into science fiction or aliens don't let the cover on A. B. Shepherd's debut novel, Lifeboat, put you off. While the story does have UFOs and aliens it centers on Cass, a woman who must learn how to survive the loss of everything she has ever loved.

I admit that I was extremely tired when I started reading Lifeboat so the changes in time and character at the beginning threw me a bit even though they are clearly labelled. I finally got drawn into the story when it started flowing in
Deborah Sastroredjo
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Well this book started a little slow. But in the end it kinda explains why. It was a very interesting read though. There was a lot going on and it got a little confusing at times. But that also got explained. I really don’t know how to review this book without giving anything away, but if you are a ufo geek you will love this book. I also liked that it was situated in Australia, I like to travel when I read :)
For the rest I can say that it keeps you interested and it is kind of different. The on
A.B. Shepherd
Apr 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Of course I love it! I wrote it!

That was meant to be silly, but in reality I really do love this story. It pretty much told itself - it stepped far outside the outline I had prepared very early on in the process and it took it's own path.

I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to write just so I could find out what would happen next.

Oddly, I still had to be the one to do the hard work of putting it all down for all of us, and editing it over and over again to make sure it was as perfect as I
Jun 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
“ The low star score is only because I'm pissed that this is apparently the first book in a series but not even the next book is available. And it has a somewhat cliffhanger ending.

I'm SO pissed about that. “
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Lifeboat is a book that I look back on with a smile. I won this book in a giveaway and having read the authors second book a short story called The Beacon which was whoa! I was eager to get to the authors first book and full length novel.

Having read it, its one I’ll think of fondly as I recall sitting on the train absorbed in the story only to have a guy a few seats over snoring like a bear in hibernation. Hard to focus on the book but I did, and from time to time sat there with a smile on my fa
Leanne Herrera
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I began reading at the same time as everyone else, but I picked up one of my mother's Harlequin's when I was about 9 and became hooked. I soaked up every story I could read, I didn't care how many chapters it was or who wrote it, what the cover looked like, or what the synopsis said. I had one goal with every book I picked up, I just wanted it to take me to another world. Because I read so much I have always been able to pretty much figure out what is most likely going to happen at the end of ea ...more
R.J. Crayton
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I round up because Goodreads does not accommodate the half star.

In the past, I have not read a lot of UFO fiction, so when I received this, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. The story starts off with three people watching for a UFO. One arrives, two of the people are abducted, and the man left behind is swept away by a tidal wave (or tsunami--it's described as a wall of water in the book). Then the story starts, alternating between the period prior to the abduction, and the period
Charles Ray
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Although A.B. Shepherd’s Lifeboat begins with Graham watching helplessly as his friends Cass and Rhys are abducted by an alien ship, Graham is quickly reduced to a minor character in a story with more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster. The main character, readers soon discover, is Cass, a woman who, along with her family, has lost everything, and who is seeking some meaning in her life.
Shepherd uses multiple points of view and shifting timelines to fairly good effect in buildin
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
I was given a copy of this book, in return for an honest review.


Lifeboat is a book where a 1000 people were rescued, by aliens, because Earth has been destroyed by the ultimate natural disasters, and I mean in the epic proportions too. Cass, a lonley woman who had lost what meant most to her in her life, had become obsessed with UFO's after seeing one, a few years after the death of her husband and son. She had eventually came to meet up with two UFOlogists by the names of Rhy
Ann Massey

Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd
It was raining thick sheets of water. The sound was deafening as it hit the tiled roofs and slid heavily through the gutters to the ground. As I made my third cup of coffee for the morning, I was longing for a good book I could dig into, curl up in my favourite chair and lose myself in another world. It took me only a few minutes to find and download Lifeboat on the Kindle and I was set...

Like the biblical story of the "Flood", Earth is about to be destroyed by a natural disaster. Cass and R
Karen Toz
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of science fiction... Not even a little bit. But when the buzz about A.B. Shepherd's debut novel, Lifeboat, started getting around, I have to admit, my interest was more than a little peaked. The more I heard about this book, the more I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. Well now I know. Yes, Lifeboat has UFOs and aliens, but it has so much more! It is a fabulously written character driven story about a young woman who has lost everything that is important to her and is lo ...more
J.C. Andrijeski
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Interesting book...and so not what I expected, I have to say! I don't want to say too much about it, because really, this is a mystery, if wrapped in a science fiction/UFO packaging. I will say it's not exactly an easy story to read in some ways, although it's an extremely fast read, meaning, a definite page-turner for me. Once I got sucked in, I couldn't stop reading until I knew what had happened, and what was really going on, in terms of the unfolding mysterious events. I really doubt mu ...more
Cian Goggin
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I was given a copy of this in return for an honest review. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, it was a bit slow and confusing(how it kept changing around) at the very start but then I got into the story and I couldn't put it down and flew through it!! The Characters where really interesting and I loved that there was an Irish person(of course I would being Irish myself hahaha). The book is about a woman, Cass, who has lost her family , but finds an interest in UFO's. Then a natural d ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I think the author must have had a lot of fun writing this book. At first you think it is going to be a standard story of Alien abduction but then it turns out to be much weirder than that.

Cass is a young woman in a small South Australian town struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her husband and son a few years ago. She has moved to a depressing flat in town and has a boring job at a supermarket. She has trouble sleeping and spends her nights walking the local paddocks on
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I pick up Lifeboat thinking I would just read a few pages to get an idea if I would want to read this book. I was hooked a few pages turned into more and more pages. Soon I was halfway finished with the book. Lifeboat grabs on to you and will not let you go. It is about Cass her inner demons and what happens to her when she is taken aboard an alien ship called a Lifeboat. What happened on Earth and what will happen to Cass? You will have to read Lifeboat to find out. Taken the journey on the Lif ...more
Jodi Woody
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of “Lifeboat” by the author, A.B. Shepherd, in exchange for an honest review. I liked the story. It is told in the first person, through the eyes of mainly two people. The story kept my interest, wanting to see what happened next. The whole flavor reminded me of the old “Twilight Zone” series that I loved as a kid, they always left me thinking “what??” Overall a good read. I give the book 3 stars.
This is not only an original storyline, which I don't see much because I read so many books, but a very well-written story. I don't read a lot of suspense because my heart just can't take it. LOL Lifeboat definitely kept me guessing and I was enthralled, wanting to know what would happen to Cass and the others. I was a little confused at the beginning because I couldn't figure out the timing, but once I got on track, I couldn't put it down. ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great story for a first time author. Science fiction is not my chosen genre to read and I found myself absorbed in the story to the end. There are a number of typing errors still evident and a few errors with colloquial speech but these do not detract from the story. The suspense is held right up to the end of the book which keeps the reader engaged.
Peter Casement
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like reading Books but not quite into SciFI. This is a book that will get u interested in it.
It's a page turner and the Characters are engaging and makes you want to keep reading until the end.
I loved the book and cannot wait to read more from this Author.
A great book all around. Perfect for reading on a short traveling trip.

Buy the book and you will not be disappointed.
Donna Huber
At about the 25 - 30% mark I was totally sucked into the story and had to know what was going on. Never saw the ending coming. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads ...more
Rachel Graft
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. Yes it is about UFO's but nothing like you have ever read before. Once you start reading you will not want to stop & the story keeps you guessing. New author & this is her first book & it is a doozy. Can't wait to read what she thinks up next!!! ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's a Sy-Fy thriller that you wouldn't except the ending. The main characters blend well together. I can't wait till the next book from this author comes out. The ending left me speechless. Can't say enough good things about A.B. Shepherd ...more
Carol Hegger
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, could not put it down. This was not the type of books I normally read, but I really enjoyed it. Surprise ending was wonderful!
Darcy Marusich
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story line and easy style that kept me glued page after page. I can't wait to read more from this author. ...more
Kevin McCarthy
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting reading.

A pleasant read. After I was midway thru the book I didn't stop until I finished. The writing was very descriptive, interesting, and a good read.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

First off, the writing isn't bad, I can see promise here. I do have trouble with the Aussie vernacular. It's written poorly, overdone, it reminds me of a sitcom with an American trying to play an Aussie and just not quite getting it right. I'll assume the writer is not a native Australian, or not based in Australia, as they miss out on that point.
Here are the spoilers -

I'm sorry to post spoilers, but the problems I have with this book can only be discussed with spoilers. The opening
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I acquired this e-book through the Early Reviewer's giveaway at LibraryThing in APRIL LAST YEAR, and had read the first 30 or 40 pages, but only got to finish it when I was admitted to hospital this week, so I must apologise first to LibraryThing and A.B. Shepherd for how long it has taken me to write a review.

I found the first 30 or 40 pages hard going, hard to get into because of the way the characters were introduced, or perhaps just because of my increasingly tenuous physical and mental sta
Caroline Angel
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well developed characters, a story that takes you through many twists and turns and leaves you wanting more. Full of Australian slang and dialect, you get to know and enjoy the different characters. We switch points of view and timelines, but it is well written and exciting.
This is not a story about boats, the lifeboat is a metaphor. The very existence of human kind depends on the survival of the main characters, and find yourself holding your breath as you turn the pages.
A great, quick read, y
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"Never stop dreaming or reading." - A.B. Shepherd

A.B. Shepherd grew up in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Australia once her children had grown and empty nest syndrome set in.

She now lives in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, with her husband and their imaginary friends.

She loves living near the Southern Ocean and often finds it inspiring. She can usually be found seaside at Port MacD

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