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 - ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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...more
Many thanks to Ms. Katsu and her publisher for the advance copy! ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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, ...more
This novel looks at events in 1912 and 1916, with Annie recalling events from that time. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
I was looking forward to a novel about the Titanic with a paranormal vibe but this one didn't work for me at all.
Several passengers aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic have been plagued by strange occurences, including a tragic death, since the ship set sail.
Maid Annie Hebbley finds herself drawn to guest Mark Fletcher, his wife Caroline, and protective of their infant daughter Ondine. A couple of boxers in steerage are working to charm the millionaires on board in hopes of running ...more
Loved the shifting POVs and thankfully they weren't hard to follow and each character added an element to the story that made it even more interesting and mysterious.
A great first read for me from this author!
*ARC of this provided by the publisher in ...more
"Makes the supernatural seem possible" -- Publishers Weekly
THE HUNGER: NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories
THE HUNGER: Nominated for the Stoker and Locus awards
Author of THE DEEP, a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic, and THE HUNGER, a reimagining of the Donner Party's tragic journey (Putnam);
THE TAKER, THE RECKONING and THE ...more