Title: The Deep
Author: Alma Katsu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: March 10, 2020
My Rating: 4/5
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. Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister–almost otherwordly–afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.
Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.
Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.
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 class passengers, and Annie was not aware that he had survived. At first, his presence is a good thing, but dark secrets are slowly revealed.
A dark and eerie novel that combines historical fiction and horror. Good for readers who enjoyed Katsu’s The Hunger. Gothic and mysterious.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.