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RATING :: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED :: JULY 19TH 2016 BY GALLERY/SCOUT PRESS
AUTHOR :: RUTH WARE
GENRE :: LITERARY FICTION/THRILLER/MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
“I know what it’s like. Don’t you see? I know what she must have felt like, when someone came for her in the middle of the night. That’s why I have to find out who did this to her.”
Summary of the story:
Our main character is Lo Blacklock. She is a travel journalist who is battling severe PTSD as a result of a break-in in her home. Despite her state of mind, she decides to take on an assignment from her job, which is to go on the Aurora-a new luxury cruise line-with hopes of not only escaping from the chaos that has ensued as a result of the break in, but also as an opportunity to climb the company ladder. However, once on board the Aurora, a series of events start to unfold…
A woman has been murdered, and her body has been tossed overboard. Lo is the only person on board who has witnessed the murder take place. The problem is that no one seems to believe her (and for good reasons too). Pretty soon, she is fighting for her life, wondering if she will ever see her boyfriend and family ever again. Can she really trust anyone on board the Aurora?
It will take a miracle for her to get out of this mess alive… if she can keep herself from making anymore mistakes!
I had a hard time deciding how many stars I’d give this book, but ultimately decided 3 stars would do. Read on to find out why…
Thoughts on the main character:
First and foremost, let me just say that Lo Blacklock would not survive a day out in the REAL world if she was a real person. She is not only a terrible journalist, she’s terrible at keeping herself out of trouble, or at least keeping a low profile when she’s faced with danger… but given the fact that she is a victim of PTSD, some of her poor decisions and behavior are forgiven.
Thoughts on the overall story:
The story about a woman murdered on a luxury cruise line, and whose body gets tossed overboard sounds intriguing, and I got caught up reading till late hours of the night, excited to see how the story would unfold…
…but by the end of the book, I felt a bit cheated. It’s hard for me to say that I am content with the overall outcome of the story, but I can’t say the ending was dreadful. The author did a great job building up until the near end of the story; from there on it felt like everything happened too soon and as if the author herself lost interest in finishing the story with a BANG.
• Almost every other character in this story (save Lo’s boyfriend and some of the Aurora staff members) is unlikable.
• I’d have appreciated if the author had given us closure concerning the intruder who broke into Lo’s house in the very beginning. Given the fact that the break-in was what caused Lo’s nightmares, panic & anxiety attacks, and poor decisions, I felt it would have only been appropriate if the reader was given at least some clue about the outcome of the break-in.
• According to Reese Witherspoon, this book was scary enough to almost make her bite off all her fingernails. According to what I read, however, the rather bland outcome should have been enough to make me want to pull the hairs out of my head. The one positive reaction I had to the outcome of the story was the relief that the main Character-Lo-made it out alive… surprisingly.
• This book is a bit tricky. I can’t help recommending it with a small warning: read at your own risk. It’s hard to say you will LOVE this book, but I definitely cannot say you will HATE it; There’s a 50/50 chance you may or may not like it.
• What saved this book for me was a bit of the mystery surrounding it. The desire to find out who killed who, where did so-and-so really go, and who else was involved in the crime that took place was what ultimately kept me reading.
Thanks for reading!!