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Lo is a travel journalist covering the maiden voyage of an ultra-luxury cruise liner with only ten cabins. When she awakes on the first night to a scream and a splash, she is certain she’s witnessed a murder–but none of the passengers or crew are missing. This book is suspenseful, appropriately claustrophobic, and has a decent twist. While I enjoyed it enough to keep reading, the total incompetence of the protagonist (who views the cruise as her professional “big break” and never acted like it) frustrated me throughout–much in the way of The Girl on the Train (though I did like this one more). I don’t have to like characters in books I read, but I do want to have reasons to root for them when stakes are high. I found few here, and when combined with some loose ends, it ultimately wasn’t the satisfying read I was hoping for.
Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.