The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Published by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company
The Hachette Book Group
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a HC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from Amazon): Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
My Thoughts and Opinion: Even though this book was not about The Titanic, I thought it fitting to read during it’s 100th anniversary. There is one mention of the above named ship within the book. However, because of the premise, I was able to vividly create my images from when I did see the movie, Titanic.
The book grips you in the prologue when Grace, the main character, is standing on on U.S. land, with head raised, mouth opened trying to catch the rain and on her way into court where she stands on trial for murder. Murder? I’m hooked.
The reader is then taken to the ship when passengers are being loaded into lifeboats. Grace, a newlywed managed to secure a seat in one, with the help of her husband who was left behind as the ship is sinking. The book continues with a daily recap of the passengers and survival in a lifeboat for 21 days from Grace’s perspective. The characters were aptly described and could be visualized. The setting and description the same. The book was a quick read, kept my interest because I couldn’t imagine why a murder charge? However, the overall 21 days at sea story was at first a page turner but, and this is my opinion only, then seemed to drag at times and details that were omitted until the end, felt unrealistic when the book was finished. Again, this is my opinion, but felt that the plot lacked action at times due to circumstances of the story line. As I said the imagery I created was due to the movie, which helped greatly. Even though it kept my interest, I expected more, maybe due to all the Titanic hype this month. Overall, it was a fast (274 pages) and entertaining read.
My Rating: 3