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The Blue

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 ratings  ·  357 reviews
In the tradition of Alex Garland’s The Beach, a spine-tingling adventure novel about a group of friends whose journey around the world on a yacht turns from a trip to paradise into a chilling nightmare when one of them disappears at sea.

A group of friends.
A yacht.
And a disappearance-at-sea that turns paradise into a chilling nightmare.

Lana and her best friend Kitty leav
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published July 7th 2015)
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Aug 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
The Kindle edition is currently on special offer - 0.99p in the UK. Not sure about other territories. When I bought it, the title changed to 'No Escape' as it was previously published as 'The Blue.'
Bill Kupersmith
When I hear CSN’s Southern Cross I always tear up. The Blue of the title of this book is a 50 ft. offshore sailing yacht. Had I the chance to join her crew when I was young, I’d have been off like a shot. Hell, I’d be already aboard even now if they’d have me. Even knowing how the voyage will end.

I’d rank this book with The Secret History & The LIkeness as a gripping story of friendship, belonging, commitment - as well as deceit, deception & death. There is little you can experience to m
Liz Barnsley
The Blue was a beautifully addictive novel, the tale of a friendship put to the test and a tense psychological thriller with some really great characters.

Lana and Kitty have been friends since childhood - both looking to escape home for different reasons, they set off on the trip of a lifetime. When they meet the crew of "The Blue" they slip into what seems on the surface to be an idyllic and easy going lifestyle sailing from place to place. But underlying tensions and secrets threaten the very
“The Blue” is Lucy Clarke's third novel, but the first novel I have read by this author. In “The Blue”, the author writes about the power of friendship, when faced with many obstacles. The major relationship in this story is between Lana and her best friend Kitty. This novel is a mystery thriller that has it all; romance, mystery, adventure and intrigue.

Wish I was on a Yacht…sailing off yonder to some undisclosed location…with the beating sun on my body, and the cold refreshing aqua water swirli

Lana and Kitty, best friends from childhood escape the doldrums of their lives in England to backpack in Asia. In the Philippines they are invited to join the crew of The Blue, a beautiful yacht sailing lazily through the Pacific islands. The girls are quickly seduced by the magic of the lifestyle; sailing from one beautiful island to the next, lazing on pristine beaches, diving on coral reefs, dining on fresh fish and exotic fruit and relaxing on deck drinking with new found friends. Life doesn
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

The Blue is Lucy Clarke's third novel, following The Sea Sisters (known by the more elegant title Swimming at Night in the US) and A Single Breath. The stories are not officially connected, but might be considered a loose trilogy: they each have the tone of a thriller, but with softer edges; a big focus on secrets (usually someone lying about their past); a bit of a love story somewhere in the background; but most prominently and memorably, they
Erin Clemence
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
“The Blue” was not my first introduction to Lucy Clarke. In fact, I had the pleasure of being able to read “A Single Breath” not that long ago. Both “Blue” and “Breath” clearly illustrate the author’s obvious love for the water and all things oceanic.
In “The Blue”, two young women from England, Kitty and Lana, leave their homes and their lives behind and choose to travel with a group of like-minded young adults, aboard a yacht called The Blue. While on their journey, relationships are formed, a
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Sailing the Ocean Blue....

Damn that was good! My stomach is in knots! I've found a new favorite author and as soon as I finished this one, I bought one of her other books, Swimming at Night. I hope it's just as good!
The Blue is about two girls, Lana and Kitty, who decide to leave their old life behind. So one day they close their eyes, spin the globe and go wherever there finger lands -the Philippines. While they're at the resort, they meet a group of travelers that have also left their lives
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Clarke ist eine fantastische Autorin. Bis auf ein paar minimale Fehler und ein kleiner Trope der mich genervt hat, war es mal wieder fantastische Unterhaltung. :)
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Found this slower in some spots than others but all is revealed at the end with a few surprises. Will definitely read more by this author. A good escapist read and perfect for the summer. 3.5.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get away from your everyday life for a while? Just pick up your bags and sail away into the arms of unexpected adventures? I would think that this would be a daydream familiar to most people. Lucy Clarke’s latest book The Blue follows one such journey. After an unexpected and shocking discovery on the home front, The Blue’s main protagonist and narrator Lana flee
C.L. Taylor
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read and hugely enjoyed Lucy's two previous novels THE SEA SISTERS and A SINGLE BREATH, I was very excited to start her new one, THE BLUE. I wasn't disappointed. Once again she has created a thrilling page turner about love, friendship and loyalty with a compelling mystery woven into its heart. As with her other books THE BLUE is set abroad, this time in New Zealand in the present day and on a yacht, just off the coast of the Phillipines in the thread set some months earlier. Lucy is exce ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best friends Lana and Kitty leave their homes and begin travel to the Philippines. While in the Philippines, the have some extraordinary luck. Lana and Kitty befriend the young crew of a yacht named The Blue. For a small fee each month and an agreement to follow certain rules, they join the crew to wander the world. I was pulled into this book immediately. I could feel tension and suspense from the beginning. Things begin to happen on board The Blue, and it seems as though everyone on board has ...more
Dieses Buch hat mich wirklich überrascht, eigentlich hat mir das Cover sogut gefallen und ich dachte, leichte Frauenlektüre für den Sommer mitzunehmen. Da ist aber viel mehr darin und es hat mich von Anfang an gefesselt über die "Blue" und ihre Mannschaft zu lesen.
Maria (Big City Bookworm)
This ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review

“How do you go back, after this? Really, how can you ever be satisfied with your old life again?’ Lana asked. ‘That’s the thing, Lana. You don’t go back. You go forwards.”

Firstly, I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Blue by Lucy Clarke as well as photos that were taken by Lucy herself while she was doing some research for the novel. Psychologi
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, reviewed
A spellbinding novel of the vastness of the ocean, a sailing expedition of a seven member crew on a 50 ft. yacht "The Blue" authored by Lucy Clarke.

On an extended holiday from England, Lana and her lifelong best friend Kitty were enjoying the tropics in the Philippines. Lana, upset with her father, was facing profound disappointment. Kitty's acting career never reached the success she had hoped for. Both women were looking for adventure as they attempted to avoid their troubles. Intrigued and im
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I've been intending to try Lucy Clarke, and I'm so glad I finally did! The Blue was a fascinating book, very original, and filled with suspense. It was not at all your typical thriller, but was still very mysterious. It had a great cast of characters, a captivating storyline, a very unique setting, and an interesting way of going back and forth in time between the two storylines that happen several months apart.

Friends Lana and Kitty are on a trip when they are invited to join the crew of a yach
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had so many twists that I couldn't put it down. Every time I was going to stop reading for the night something huge would happen and I would NEED to keep reading! The very last twist had my jaw hitting the floor. I couldn't believe what I had just read! I was absolutely stunned!
This was a perfect read for the summer with all the descriptions of tropical paradises and life on the yacht. It was so idyllic that I completely understand why the crew were so desperate to keep their amazing
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
A lazy Sunday afternoon + this book = an enjoyable way to pass the time.

What I think the author does really well is to really keep her reader guessing. I like to try and outsmart characters in books by working out what is going on before they do. I didn't manage it with this one. I was surprised, genuinely surprised, by the final revelation, though I had worked out the rest of what was going on. The author had given some clues about that thing though, I just hadn't put them together. So well pla
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
For anyone who has ever wanted to chuck it all, hop on a yacht, travel to exotic locales, and leave your troubles behind you, this is the perfect escapist book! The characters spend their days swimming and exploring, and their nights drinking and talking with their new-found friends til the wee hours. It sounds idyllic, until one of their crew goes missing. This book jumps from past to present, with chapters entitled THEN and NOW, and it has a little bit of everything...adventure, romance, secre ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein typisched Buch von Lucy Clarke, dass ich mit viel Spannung gelesen habe. Es ist eine wundervolle Geschichte über eine Seefahrt, die aber plötzlich sehr dramatish wird. Der Epilog hätte meiner Meinung nach gestrichen werden können, da es denn Leser das Ende zerstört.
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Debs :-)
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mám štěstí na knihy :-) Opět další pecka, kterou si musíte přečíst! Je to příběh, ve kterém se parta lidí snaží přežít na jachtě několik měsíců, ale všichni mají svá tajemství, které pomalu vyplouvají na povrch a ohrožují vše, co si za tu dobu plavení vybudovali. Perfektně napsané, velmi čtivé, napínavé. No, jedním slovem-STRHUJÍCÍ-
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I am having a hard time deciding what to say and how to rate this book. I had a difficult time reading it and yet the story itself had so much potential. The ending was good, but it was a long time getting there. This one is between a 2 and a 3 star read, and I gave it two because for so much of the book I really wasn't enjoying reading it.

What I liked:

1. The setting of the story had the potential to draw one in. The feeling of sailing the ocean, the freedom from the normal grind of life, the p
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesejahr-2016
„ ‚Reisen muss kein Urlaub vom Leben sein‘, sagte er. ‚Eigentlich ist es eine Gelegenheit, die Dinge aus einer anderen Perspektive zu betrachten und sich zu überlegen, was man eigentlich möchte.‘“ S. 157

Lucy Clarkes neues Werk „Das Haus, das in den Wellen verschwand“ konnte ich kaum abwarten, nachdem mich die Autorin vergangenes Jahr mir “Der Sommer, in dem es zu schneien begann“ so überzeugt hat. Und auch diesmal ließ sie mich nicht enttäuscht zurück. Zum Inhalt selber will ich gar nicht weiter
The Blue is not just a boat it's a state of mind…

Book Title: The Blue
Author: Lucy Clarke
Narration: Scarlett Mack
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Source: Audiobook (Library)

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song: Everybody Got Their Something by Nikka Costa --The feel, the words; seem to embody what 'The Blue' is all about.

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 3.8/5
The Feels: 3.5/5
Addictiveness: 3.3/5
Theme: 5/5
Flow: 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Narration: 4/5
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Lana and Kitty have been best friends since childhood and now that they are adults, they escape England to travel the world after Lana received some devastating news. They spun the globe and picked a spot: The Philippines. While there they come across a group of young adults who travel the world aboard their yacht, The Blue. It seems like an idyllic way to live, sailing around to exotic locations without a care in the world. After hanging out with them, the crew votes to decide if Lana and Kitty ...more
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it sounded amazing and I couldn't wait to slip between its pages... But the reality was, I was left disappointed.

Lana is the narrator of this tale, but she tells it from 2 different time periods, Then, Now, with a little bit of before when her and Kitty were just girls thrown in. This constant back and forth is one of the problems I had with this story, while many may enjoy the mystery it weaves, I felt like we never really got a chance to
Cathy Branciforte
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific book from Lucy Clarke! I loved this book (as I have her two previous books, Swimming at Night and A Single Breath)!
This is a story that goes back and forth (in a good way) between "now" and "then" and goes on to tell what happens to a group of people who set off on a yacht called The Blue. The locations, where most of the action on The Blue takes place, are so beautifully described that I felt as if I were there and sailing along on the yacht! My favorite line in the book is : "
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
A group of young adults find themselves in paradise as they abandon land based responsibilities and ambitions to sail wherever aboard the beautiful yacht, The Blue. Initially, this existence is idyllic, swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing, until something goes terribly wrong, causing catastrophic dissension. Loyalties become tenuous, jealousies surface and tempers flare. It is a well told tale, with lots of suspense, twists, and definitely a dark side! A satisfying page turner!
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Lucy Clarke is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers - THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN and YOU LET ME IN. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been translated into 12 languages. She has a first class degree in English Literature.

Lucy is a passionate traveller and fresh air enthusiast. She's married to a professi
“Other people collected friends like badges but Lana chose only one—and that friendship was pinned so close to her heart that removing it had left behind a jagged tear.” 0 likes
“Having Kitty in her life was like finding the one other person who could speak her secret language; it was being understood without needing to explain; it was knowing that there was someone to call in the middle of the night when the rest of the world fell dark.” 0 likes
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