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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  391 reviews
Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner's illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers -
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Published March 10th 2020 by Transworld Digital
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Fanna I'm not very good with horror either but I still liked this one because it doesn't have typical boo-at-your-face scares. More like some paranormal…moreI'm not very good with horror either but I still liked this one because it doesn't have typical boo-at-your-face scares. More like some paranormal incidences and outright mention of ghosts and such. Nothing too scary. (less)

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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**3.5 stars **

Stories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage seem to have an eternal draw, and this one is no different. What does make this one slightly different from the rest however, is the fact that it weaves within its storyline, a touch of the paranormal.

Using dual timelines, we follow Annie Hebbley, a stewardess serving the wealthiest passengers onboard the Titanic in 1912. Annie is fortunate enough to survive this great tragedy, and we follow her escapades some four
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Is something sinister haunting the Titanic? Four passengers (Madeline Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Mark Fletcher and Annie Hebbley) believe something is haunting the ship. A series of strange events/occurrences and deaths have occurred since the Titanic set sail. Then of course there is the sinking of that great magnificent ship.

Annie Hebbley has survived the sinking of the Titanic and after receiving correspondence from Violet Jessop, another survivor of the Titanic, she agrees to work
A sense of connection drove me to this story and an intriguing supernatural twist had me hooked. I would bribe the author, publisher or NetGalley if necessary to get hold of this book before release. For the record thats how NetGalley works the ARCs, not the bribery.

For years I worked in an office building just to the left of this photo and looked at this picture, as a poster, every day, never getting tired of it. The picture shows the Titanic and one of her sister ships, the Olympic,


a couple years back, i read this authors horror-spin on the donner party tragedy, The Hunger. i loved her writing, and i thought the way she handled the historical details was excellent, but the horror elements seemed extraneous; they were fine, but they didnt really contribute much to the story, which is a bit of history horrifically gruesome enough without adding supernatural elements to it. this one, however, is a perfect melding of history and
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Pages: 432
Expected publication: March 10th 2020

The troubled mind can never know itself.
That is the sad truth of madness.

Sinister and atmospheric drama infused with real people and facts regarding the voyage of the Titanic and the last Voyage of the Britannic. This was similar in ways to the Titanic movie in that it included some of the actual people who were on the Titanic. The story includes supporting characters such as John Jacob Astor and his young pregnant wife Madeline, Benjamin
Miranda Reads

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My dear daughter, Annie, disappeared unexpectedly from our home...My wife and I have been searching for her ever since.
Annie was lost, and now she is found...somewhat.

Annie has spent the last four years living in a rather unconventional home.
Annie has come to understand the erratic ways of the
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the summary
The Deep blends historical events with supernatural occurrences to create an atmospheric, haunting and engaging story. The novel is told in dual timelines- 1912 aboard the Titanic and 1916 on her sister ship the Britannic. We follow Annie, a stewardess on the Titanic who is experiencing unexplainable circumstances and thinks she is being haunted. Years later we learn she has been in a mental hospital and doesn't remember what happened. She becomes a nurse on the Britannic and slowly
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The stories of two legendary ships, The Titanic and The Britannic, provide the background for the plot of this interesting novel. The imaginary characters together with the real ones and real events seem to blend nicely and make this read intriguing but not as gripping as I wanted it to be. The mysteries behind the main protagonist, paranormal, unexplained events are the strongest aspects of this novel. I enjoyed reading it as I find the blend of historical events and fiction fascinating, ...more
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have so many feelings! First of all, let me just say that Alma Katsu is probably the most committed author in terms of research and this translates to the story in the form of authenticity. If you're going to write historical fiction, do it as passionately as Alma Katsu. If you're going to infuse the legendary true story of the Titanic with fictional horror, use the same care and concern that Alma Katsu gives her novels. Her book, THE HUNGER is the *exact* same way in terms of honoring the ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katsu casts her spell by weaving together the timelines of the sinking of the Titanic and the explosion of sister ship Britannic. There are ghostly goings-on, séances, marital strife, and the clash of class on the Titanic. All of which foreshadow the tragedy. The action on the Britannic provides closure to the mysterious occurrences. Despite some unresolved plot points, this is a haunting, paranormal novel that captures that cold, visceral feeling of impending danger and the terror of sinking ...more

This sounds all sorts of intriguing!!!
Having enjoyed The Hunger by the same author I was really looking forward to this, the level of research she put into the Donner Party I just knew I'd be in for a well researched book on two of the most famous sister ships in history, the Titanic and the Britannic and indeed I was.

This is historical fiction with horror / paranormal elements thrown into the mix. Dual timelines running simultaneously which was little confusing for me, with the ships being so similar and a overlap of characters I
Set aboard the Titanic and aboard her sister ship, the Britannic, Alma Katsu weaves a haunting tale of love, grief, crime and class. Buy your boarding pass now!

I am a fan of alternating timelines and THE DEEP utilized that format. It was sometimes a little jarring, (I mean this in the best of ways), because of how vividly it brought home the differences between the Titanic, (the luxurious ocean-liner catering to the best of the best), and the Britannic, which by 1916 had been converted into a
Dannii Elle
For all that was said about the Titanic, how superior it was, how well designed, how glorious and noble - as though it were a person, with a person's traits - it would do nothing to save them. The Titanic was indifferent to the humans crawling on its decks and would willingly sacrifice them to the sea."

I'm going to begin with some discoveries I made, whilst reading this book, that are unconnected with my review but fascinating all the same. Well, at least to me. The first discovery was that this
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deep, Alma Katsus latest novel, is a fact-meets-fiction take on the devastating tale of the Titanic and is a refreshingly original and utterly unique historical thriller with elements of the supernatural, horror and mystery and featuring a mish-mash of folkloric entities. It tells the story of Annie Hebbley, an Irish girl who was a maid entrusted with the care of the First Class Deck on the disastrous maiden voyage of the doomed ship in 1912; she survives against the odds and is inexplicably ...more
alana ♡
"Sometimes, when our feelings for the dead are very, very strong, it keeps them tied to us. It prevents them from moving on to the next world."

So this was...something else. I don't want to say that I'm fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic because we're talking about the one of the worst cruise ship disasters in history but I've always found the events and circumstances leading up to it's sinking so interesting. Therefore, I knew A LOT surrounding the tragedy before picking up this book,
J.D. Barker
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE DEEP takes us back to the final days of the Titanic, her sister ship the Britannic, and the mysterious woman who links them both. In a haunting story of love and revenge, Alma Katsu blends paranormal and historical fiction as only she cana spellbinding tale where desire knows no bounds and death is only a beginning. Another fantastic story from the author of THE HUNGER.

Many thanks to Ms. Katsu and her publisher for the advance copy!
Morbidly fascinating, ghostly, and spooky!

In the days leading up to that fateful day in April of 1912, the guests of the infamous luxury ocean liner, the Titanic, are being plagued by strange occurrences cold spots, disappearing belongings, whispered voices emanating from the sea, overwhelming feelings of paranoia and suspicion, and sudden unexplained deaths. Is it a warning, an omem of death, or something even more monstrous?

Four years later, during WW1, a survivor of the sinking, works as a
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Highly anticipated after I loved the last novel from this author - The Hunger. In The Deep she spins the historical Titanic and sister ship HMHS Britannic with touches of psychological horror, water beings, ghosts, and curses. There's also a man named Jack, but not the one you're thinking....

I read this from the publisher via Edelweiss, and it came out March 10. I was a little nervous about reading it during the stories of passengers trapped on cruise ships with COVID-19 but The Deep is
2.5 stars and I wish I could have liked it better

Everything and I mean everything about the Titanic fascinates me. When this book became a download on Edelweiss, I jumped at the chance to read this advanced copy. As much as I wanted to love it, I didn't, and of course mixed into that was disappointment.

This is a story about a haunting and ships that was destined to sink and lives that were destined to be lost. The story linked a fictional character, Annie, based on a real person, Violet Jessup,
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, horror
Told with alternating timelines and alternating points of view. The main character is Annie, who survived the Titanic and is now working aboard the Britannic. While aboard the Titanic, Annie felt an evil presence. Now on the Britannic, evil is still present.

Annie is running from something, but it's not clear what until later in the book. An unsettling thing for Annie on the Britannic is that she recognizes one of the wounded soldiers as Mark. On the Titanic, Mark, his wife, and child were first
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1916 and Annie Hebbley, formerly a stewardess on Titanic, is in an asylum when we first meet her. However, her friend, Violet, is keen that she return both to the world, and to sea. It is WWI and Titanics sister ship, Britannic, is being used as a hospital ship. Encouraged back into the world, Annie finds the memories flooding back when she boards Britannic, which is identical to the doomed Titanic.

This novel looks at events in 1912 and 1916, with Annie recalling events from that time.
Louise Wilson
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This story covers the 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic and the last voyage of the Titanic's sister ship, The Britanic. Annie Hebbley is a young Irsh woman who is running away from her past. Annie worked as a maid on the Titanic and a nurse on the Britanic.

I liked the authors writing style. Th3 main character is based on someone who actually survived both the Titanic and Britanic. It's a haunting ghost story that is full of history. The Britanic operated as a hospital during WWI. We don't
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Annie Hebbley survived the sinking of the Titanic. The event has left her mentally scarred. She lost her memory for a time, and still remembers the strange events on board the doomed ship as it sailed on its ill-fated maiden voyage. Years later, a friend contacts her asking her to come be a nurse aboard Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic. Even though Britannic has been refitted into a hospital ship, Annie still can see the resemblance to the Titanic. Then the same strange bizarre things start ...more
Anna Luce
DNF 60%

I'm not entirely sure why this book is being promoted/categorised as a Horror. Maybe I went in expecting a more 'adult' read, and so I was a wee bit disappointed by its Scooby-Doo type of mystery. All of its so called 'horror' elements felt either forced or unintentionally funny.
I think that one of the reasons why I was unable to connect or take the characters and their story seriously is the writing style. I'm unsure whether Katsu was intentionally trying to emulate certain books from
Roman Clodia
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

After loving her The Hunger, I had such high hopes for this but sadly it doesn't live up to that earlier book for me. Katsu's writing is still fluent and involving and this starts off well as Annie, an Irish girl and survivor of the Titanic, takes a job as a nurse on the Titanic's sister ship, now a hospital ship in 1916.

The narrative flits between the two voyages both of which, as we know from history, end up disastrously. I expected more of the creeping terror of The Hunger but there
Liz Barnsley
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Im a sucker for stories set around Titanic and this one was a creepy good tale, seamlessly blending fact and fiction, atmospheric and often very disturbing.

The research is impeccable, Alma Katsu giving you a real feel for both of these doomed ships, into that she throws an eclectic mix of characters both real and imagined. Throw in some ghostly goings on, huge insight into the trauma of war and disaster, plus an eerie obsessive central theme and you have a real winner.

The writing is superb,
Louise Wilson
This story cover the 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic and the last voyage in 1916 of the Titanic's sister ship, the Britanic. Anna Hebbley is a young Irish woman who is running away from her past. A nice worked as a maid on the Titanic and a nurse on the Britanic.

I liked the authors writing style. The main character is based on someone who survived both the Titanic and Britanic. It's a haunting ghost story that is full of history. ThenBritanic operated as a hospital during WWI. We don't usually
Lisa Wolf
This ghost story set on the Titanic just didn't work for me. The supernatural elements weren't strong enough, and the historical elements felt short-changed. I struggled to continue all the way to the end. I had high expectations for this book, but sadly, didn't consider it a great reading experience. My full review is at Bookshelf Fantasies.
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