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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  4,870 ratings  ·  1,231 reviews
From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger comes an eerie, psychological twist on one of the world's most renowned tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic and the ill-fated sail of its sister ship, the Britannic.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the Titanic
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Uma | Books.Bags.Burgers It's honestly not scary. I would describe it more as atmospheric than full on horror. There are supernatural elements and descriptions of water monste…moreIt's honestly not scary. I would describe it more as atmospheric than full on horror. There are supernatural elements and descriptions of water monsters and a scene with a seance). There are mentions of occult and of ghosts by characters but other than that it is simply mysterious and atmospheric.(less)

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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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**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 it’s 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 fou
Miranda Reads
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 insane....But no, she is not one of them.
And when she's released, she finds herself drawn to somewhere she never thought possible.
No. Now is not the time to mourn. If she looks back too long,
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I teetered between 3 and 4 stars with this one. 😬 What swayed me towards that lower rating was due to one part (too close to James Cameron’s version of Titanic). 🤔 I think this is a tough story to tackle. I mean... everyone only sees Leo and Kate aka Jack and Rose (queue Celine Dion... 🎼... you know that song is playing in your head now). The ghost aspects of this were just not as interesting as the ship and passengers. 😔 I think that’s due to the vivid pictures we’ve all been exposed to at this ...more


a couple years back, i read this author’s 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 didn’t 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 an
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 that’s 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, d
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, howeve ...more
Michael David
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A fictional, paranormal take on the sinkings of the Titanic and the Britannic.

Annie Hebbley worked as a stewardess on the Titanic during its fateful voyage. She survived the sinking, and is now working as a new nurse on its sister ship, the Britannic. As the story moves back and forth from 1912 to 1916, it becomes apparent that both ships might’ve been haunted in the days leading up to their horrific endings.

When Annie sees the familiar face of a patient on the Britannic, her memories take her b
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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 Guggenh
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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 h
Sadie Hartmann
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 pas ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sh ...more

This sounds all sorts of intriguing!!!
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
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,
I love the idea of combining the fatal voyages of the Titanic and the Britannic into one story: sister ships that were uncannily alike, even in their untimely demise. Kudos to the author must be given for that creative twist. There is a real person, Violet Jessup who was actually on both ships when they met their fates. She survived both encounters and is a pivotal character here.

I have always been fascinated by the Titanic story and I liked that the author included real passengers along with t
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 ho
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 r
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deep, Alma Katsu’s 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 inexplicabl ...more
THE DEEP combines fact with fiction in a reimagined story of the Titanic that sunk in 1912 and sister ship Britannia in 1916. There are some true life characters, a touch of folklore and the evil spirit that intends to cause harm, but nothing the least bit eerie that would classify it in the horror category (for me) aside from the truth behind the actual disasters.

The story follows one haunted survivor of Titanic through her service on the refitted Britannia hospital ship four

J.D. Barker
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 can—a 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!
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I listened to this on audio and loved it. I'll be writing a review for it, but it won't be as detailed as if I had read a physical copy with a chance to annotate. However, without a doubt, this novel was packed with all the goodness of Alma Katsu's THE HUNGER, tenfold!!!
Loved it!

Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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,
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
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Many thanks to G.P. Putnam Sons for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

this sounds so creepy and i am here for it!

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May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard call but I'm going for 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4. I thought this was very well written (although there is a reference to "Her Majesty's government" that took place in 1916 which I believe should have been "His Majesty's government" because George V was King). But I quibble. I thought the combination of history with fiction was very well done and I liked this novel. I think I was expecting a truly scary story and I didn't get that and the ending seemed a bit rushed. But I enj ...more
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 distinct
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
Louise Wilson
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 usual
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