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A Dangerous Crossing

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,611 Ratings  ·  388 Reviews
The ship has been like a world within itself, a vast floating city outside of normal rules. But the longer the journey continues, the more confined it is starting to feel, deck upon deck, passenger upon passenger, all of them churning around each other without anywhere to go...

1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in Essex, boun
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Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published March 23rd 2017 by Transworld Digital
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Paromjit
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This feels very much like a classic golden age mystery where instead of the usual setting of a country house, we have a cruise ship, the Orantes. It is 1939, Lily Shepard is travelling to Australia on a government assisted passage to meet the need for domestic servants in Sydney. Whilst it is clear that she is excited and looking forward to adventure and seeing other countries, there is something amiss, something she is running away from. Infiltrating the novel is the background to and run up to ...more
Frances
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5*. A Dangerous Crossing is very much like a play and a character driven story. The author, Rachel Rhys, introduces numerous individuals as they travel together on the ship Orontes bound for Australia from Great Britain during 1939. As the passengers have their meals, walk the decks, attend the ships parties, they all begin to expose their true selves. Some quite outspoken, crass, hard-hearted, a certain shyness, along with flirtations desired and repelled. The main character, Lily Shepherd ap ...more
Esil
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Dangerous Crossing was a good idea which to me went awry. In her afterword, Rhys says that she found a diary in her mother's house written by her mother's friends about a five week boat journey in 1938 from England to Australia. At the time, Britain had an an agreement with Australia to send young women to Australia to fill positions for domestic servants. Rhys' mother's friend was one of the recruits and her diary records her experience on the boat going over. As seen by Rhys, this was is a soc ...more
Liz Barnsley
I loved this SO MUCH. I’m on a run of excellent reads right now (bows down before the Gods of Literature) but A Dangerous Crossing was perhaps the one that I fell into absolutely – I have not read a novel in years that has so much rich, relevant and beautifully drawn detail about it whilst telling an utterly riveting, completely compelling and ultimately unexpected story. With characters to die for. This is seriously good stuff right here. I genuinely did not want this book to end because then i ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A voyage of a life time for Lily? Did it turn out that way?

Lily was leaving England and heading to Australia in order to secure work as a domestic, which she vowed she never wanted to do again.

The ship was huge, exciting, filled with many classes of passengers, and always danger in the air. There were a lot of festivities Lily enjoyed. She also enjoyed a handful of the passengers but some were not pleasant. There always has to be someone to ruin the day or event, right?

Lily never knew who she c
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Miriam Smith
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbc
"A Dangerous Crossing" written by Rachel Rhys is a well written, easy to read historical fiction book set on a ship travelling to Australia in 1939, that you can't help falling in love with.
I truly felt that I knew all the characters personally since they were portrayed with such clarity and description. The places they visited on the journey were so vibrantly described you would have thought you were there. I particularly liked young Lily, travelling to Australia on an assisted passage - she is
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Jules
Firstly, I absolutely love the cover of this book, and if I’m honest, I was initially lured in by the cover, followed by famous reviews referring to this book as being thrilling and similar to Daphne du Maurier. I have to say that I didn’t find this book thrilling. I’ve only read two Daphne du Maurier books, but I loved them and didn’t experience any particular similarity with those. I fear I may have fallen for the hype, and in turn ended up a little disappointed, as my own personal experience ...more
Karen
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set on a cruise liner, the ‘Orontes’ in 1939, just before the outbreak of WW2, A Dangerous Crossing follows young Lily Shepherd as she travels on her own (albeit under the guidance of a chaperone) to a new life in Australia. She is on an assisted passage scheme, paid for by the Government to encourage people to settle in Australia. She is expecting to find domestic work there but also hopes to leave tragedy and heartbreak behind her, the details of which become clear.

There are a myriad of fellow
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Joanne Robertson
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I have ever felt so “tongue tied” going into a review before, I don’t feel that MY words will be able to do justice to A Dangerous Crossing which is one of the most beautifully written books I have read this year. It’s words just poured themselves all over me so that every one of my senses was stimulated. I could feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair and taste the salt that wind blew in my face as if I were standing against the deck railings. I could smell the ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I think that A Dangerous Crossing is the kind of book that just not completely works for me. I prefer reading thrillers rather than drama when it comes to a book. And, this book contained way too much drama for my taste. I did spend much of the time waiting for someone to die so that something would happen beside reading about Lily's interactions with the rest of the passengers. And, one of the biggest problems I had were that I grew sick and tired of Eliza Campbell, she is the kind of bombastic ...more
Anna
Think I've just read a different book to that described in the title and blurb, not to mention the dozens of enthralled 4 and 5 star reviews.

Penned by a thriller writer using a pseudonym, it's set on board a passenger ship travelling for five weeks between England and Australia just as WWII is brewing across Europe, and I believed it to be a glamorous murder mystery with cocktails, black-tie balls, scandals, secrets, class divides and exotic stop-offs at the Egyptian Pyramids and other sun drenc
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
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I have the second book written by Rachel Rhys (pen name for Tamar Cohen, a bestselling thriller novelist) on my shelf for a new release book review, so I decided it would be beneficial to read her first novel, A Dangerous Crossing. Firstly, it is interesting to note that Rhys was inspired to write A Dangerous Crossing, when she came across a diary written by a young woman going into service. This fascinating real life figure found herself on board a cruise l
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Cleo Bannister
A Dangerous Crossing was my First Book of the Year 2017, a book that I was especially looking forward to due to the fact I’d won a charity auction run on behalf of CLIC Sargent to win my name in a book, and this was the one! Rachel Rhys has penned her first historical fiction novel, although you may have met her penmanship under the name Tammy Cohen where she’s written a mixture of contemporary and psychological fiction.

The book opens with a scene from the end of the journey from Tilbury docks t
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Susan
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vine
It is the end of July, 1949, when a passenger ship sets out from Tilbury Docks, Essex and begins a five week voyage to Australia. Along the way they will stop several times and take on further passengers, but our central characters embark in England. They include Lilian Shepherd, who is taking an assisted passage to Australia, where she intends to go back into service. She shares her cabin with Audrey and Ida, who both worked as chamber maids and are also taking advantage of the assisted passage ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
I have been thinking about what to write about Rachel Rhys' Dangerous Crossing for almost a week. This is a difficult book to really rate and write about as it's a bit confused about what it is; and yet I enjoyed the majority of what I read. So it's not that the book is bad but it's not a 4 or 5 star read either.

Confused Plot
My largest complaint is that the plot isn't really a plot. Our lead gal gets on a cruise ship headed from England to Australia in 1939. Of course the world is just entering
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Joanna Park
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guest review for Book Review Cafe https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03...

Welcome aboard The Orontes for a fun filled, glamorous crossing to Australia! Or so it first seems to Lily Shepherd who is taking advantage of the assisted passage scheme to start a new life in Australia. Life on board is a huge adventure for Lily as her eyes are opened to new things and she meets lots of interesting people, including the colourful Campbell's, mysterious Edward and opinionated George. However as the journe
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Amy
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com

Since the new year I’ve been branching out and reading genres that I normally haven’t paid attention to in the past, and historical fiction is one that I mostly ignored. I’m ashamed of that now as I’m beginning to realize I was truly missing out and it’s safe to say that I’m now a certified fan of the genre! There is something mesmerizing about being transported not only to a different place, but also a different era. A Dangerous Crossing swep
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Jane
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in 1939, not long before the outbreak of the second World War, ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ follows young Lily Shepherd as leaves her much loved family and a past she would rather forget behind her to sail towards a new life in Australia.

She is travelling on a cruise liner, the ‘Orontes’, thanks to an assisted passage scheme, paid for by the Government to encourage people to settle in Australia. Lily had been a domestic servant, and she had been told that when that when she reached Sydney she woul
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Thebooktrail
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review to follow nearer the time but keep an eye out for this one! It's a cruise from England to Australia with stops in France, Gibraltar, Naples, Egypt, Yemen and more before you even get to the final destination. And it's in Australia where the book opens - where something bad has happened. The rest of the novel is the build up to the passengers disembarking from that infamous journey.

Ah the places you will go as you sail the open seas and leave a trail of devastation in your wake. The f
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
4.5 stars...

This is very much a character-driven story about a group of passengers traveling from Britain to Australia on the SS Orontes to start a new life. They each have their own secrets and reasons for leaving their old life behind. As the 5 week voyage progresses, and class lines are blurred and relationships are formed- those secrets slowly rise to the surface under the strain of living in close proximity, with unbearable heat and mounting tension. It all comes to a head the night before
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Leah
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escaping the past...

Days after the outbreak of WW2, a ship arrives in Australia, and a passenger in handcuffs is escorted off by the police. A local reporter tries to snatch an interview, to find out if the rumour is true that someone aboard the ship was killed...

After this great prologue that hints at much but tells us nothing that will spoil the story, we are whisked back to the beginning of the voyage. Lily Shepherd has left her home in England to go to work in Australia as a domestic servant
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Laura
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
It’s 1939 and Europe is on the brink of world war. When young Lilly is offered the chance to escape her surroundings and work as a ladies maid in Australia, all expenses paid, she goes for it. This book is the tale of her experiences along the journey - in fact, it was the setting that inspired me to choose this book in the first place.

Although Lilly appears on almost every page, her character is underdeveloped. I grasped she was young and somewhat naive but her thoughts and actions lacked some
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Alison
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The charming cover of Dangerous Crossing is enough to make me want to pick it up. The era in which it is set, just pre-war 1939 always fascinates me and the endless possibilities that could arise on board a cruise to Australia sealed the deal.

This is not a book to be read quickly, it is fairly complex with a large cast of characters who all draw you into their lives. Lily is travelling on the Orontes as part of the Government’s assisted-passage scheme to Australia. Her plan is to seek employment
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jendlo
This historical crime novel (by Tammy Cohen under a pen name) is different than I anticipated from the blurb and at the start.

The book opens at the end of the voyage with a passenger (we don't know who it is) taken into custody, and then takes us back to the beginning and through the five-week journey.

The killings don't occur until toward the end; it's the characters who propel the story forward. They're one-dimensional but deceptive, with more skeletons in the closet than ballgowns.

The story i
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Bandit
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1939. Europe is on the brink of war. A young English woman sets off for Australia on an ocean liner. There, blurring the social distinctions and customs, stuck in their very own quite claustrophobic microcosm, a variety of characters will come to know, love and hate each other. Sounds promising, doesn't it? Even more so since the novel's first scene is the ship's arrival, wherein it becomes very clear that something terrible has taken place at sea. And yet...not as great as one might have expect ...more
Icewineanne
A terrific historical mystery set on a ocean liner......more info to follow
4.5 stars
Tripfiction
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Novel set aboard an ocean liner heading for Australia 1939



I have never fancied the idea of a cruise – all those different people compelled into forced intimacy for the duration of the journey – and this novel certainly did nothing to persuade me otherwise. In Dangerous Crossing, Rachel Rhys, alter ego of Tammy Cohen, an established thriller writer, makes her debut into historical fiction and a good job she makes of it too.

Rhys tells us that this novel was inspired by the real-life story of a you
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Sassy Brit
I am reviewing A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys.

This is an Amazon Vine Programme Review.

A Dangerous Crossing is a fictional story inspired by a real diary of a young girl's description of life in the 1930s as she travels on a large passenger ship from the UK to Australia to learn domestic skills for girls. Here are my thoughts:

^^ A Dangerous Crossing reads a little like an Agatha Christie novel in which a closed room whodunnit becomes a 'closed ship' mystery; when things get tough, there is
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Lynsey Summers
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a drama suspense of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  With beautiful, languid story-telling, I was completely absorbed into the world of Lily Shepherd, on passage aboard the liner, Orontes, to a new adventure to Australia.  Lily, herself 'tourist class', is somewhat caught in the middle of a class war on board.  She is given a glimpse into the world of First Class by the scandalous and morally outcast socialites, The Campbells, whilst also learning passengers may sit on the same class l ...more
Wendy
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Dangerous Crossing is a journey I’ll never forget.

Departure: 29th July 1939. Tilbury Docks, Essex

Lillian Shepherd experiences conflicting emotions as she boards the Orontes on an assisted passage to Australia: waving goodbye to her family as she braces herself to travel alone VS the anticipation and that delicious lure of escape from her past traumas.

Despite reassurances, it appears England is on the brink of war as a fusion of difference and ignorance is thrust together for five long weeks.
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Rachel Rhys is the pen-name of a successful psychological suspense author. A Dangerous Crossing is her debut novel under this name. The story is inspired by a real diary which the author discovered by accident while helping her mother move house. It was written with care and attention by a servant girl who travelled from England to Australia on a cruise liner in the late 1930s.

Rachel Rhys lives in
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