The Deep by Alma Katsu


Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, theΒ Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognizes while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

My Review

I’ve only ever read and reviewed one other work my Alma Katsu prior to reading this work. The previous book being The Hunger, a great work of historical fiction based on that of the Donner Party… So I had high hopes for seeing Katsu’s take on the Titanic and I must say she did not let me down. Where to even start with how great I thought this work was!

I was already intrigued and invested from the opening chapters. There is something about Katsu’s writing style for her historical novels that practically drag you into the mindset of the era in which they take place, making the reader feel as if they have traveled back in time to be there during the book’s settings and proceedings. The Deep has multiple points of view of characters(and their various mysteries) and passengers from various social standings in this novel and it was really great to see so much different, but still connected storylines. The writing is scenic and every scene was extremely detailed.

The story takes a rather surprising supernatural turn during the stay on both the Titanic and Britannic; the horror aspect being rather subtle up to the last minute. The mention of mythologies of that of mermaids, sirens, and selkies was mentioned and in a way, played into the ending of this fantastic story. Katsu’s writing of the incident that befell the Titanic had me tensely and quickly devouring page after page to see what befell of the various characters I had grown attached to during the reading. This story ended in quite a whirlwind and ultimately it is one I very much look forward to giving a re-read.

If you’re a fan of more subtle supernatural horror; this is definitely a read for you!

My Rating

πŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺ / 5

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