This historical crime novel (by Tammy Cohen under a pen name) is different than I anticipated from the blurb and at the start.
The book opens at the end of the voyage with a passenger (we don’t know who it is) taken into custody, and then takes us back to the beginning and through the five-week journey.
The killings don’t occur until toward the end; it’s the characters who propel the story forward. They’re one-dimensional but deceptive, with more skeletons in the closet than ballgowns.
The story is well paced and
scarves ties up neatly, but the writing is clumsy when it comes to sensitive issues. I was absorbed when not pulled out of the experience by that—and by contradictions (like existential-thinker Lily being a speck, then being almighty) and the same descriptions in different scenes (gulls, lozenge, scapulae…).
Women seeking an escape read that’s set in 1939 but relevant today (#metoo) should enjoy it in spite of its flaws.
Release date: January 9, 2018