Penguin Publishing Group | March 2020 | 432 pgs
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss 

Alma Katsu's previous novel, The Hunger, was an absorbing read mixed with true historical event and fiction of the Donner Party during the 1800s and I liked it that it has a horror twist aside from the historical facts. In this latest release, the author takes readers on board the Titanic and her sister ship, Britannic, set in 1912 and 1916 respectively. 

Annie Hebbley has been spending four years in an asylum after surviving from the Titanic tragedy. She isn't mentally challenged, but the place deems like a safe place given the traumatic experience she'd suffered from her past. When she receives a letter from her friend, Violet Jessop, to work with her as a nurse on Britannic, a hospital ship, she knew her days at the asylum is up and also she couldn't turn Violet down. After all, Violet is one of the survivors from the Titanic tragedy, too. 

But Britannic isn't a smooth sailing ride for Annie either; and to top it off, she meets Mark Fletcher again - a man whom she knew when she worked as a stewardess on the Titanic. Seeing him has conjured some memories during their days on the Titanic, her interactions with his wife and their little daughter as well as the strange occurrences that happened before the ship sunk. 

Alternate between two different timelines, Alma Katsu weaves a foreboding and a haunting tale (with a dash of supernatural element) about the dynamics and the complexity of a few key characters and how their acts and decisions would lead to unexpected consequences. I've to confess the first part took me some time to be immersed in the story. This is neither a flaw nor a complaint as the author took her time in introducing the characters and constructing the background settings. Once the pace pick up and there's a shift of directions, I was eager to find out what happened. Once again, Alma Katsu has proven that she's a wonderful storyteller and she could expertly blend historical events with supernatural elements and give readers something unique and refreshing from a new perspective. While I'd still choose The Hunger over this one as my favourite, overall it was still an enjoyable read. I wonder which historical event would the author feature for her next book, if she intends to do so, that is. 

Note: Violet Jessop may be a supporting character in this book, but she was truly one of the Titanic and Britannic survivors. 

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4 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    Most people seem to prefer The Hunger to this one, but The Deep still sounds like a pretty fun read. :)

  2. Melody Says:

    Lark - I'm really curious what the author will have in store next. Hope you'll enjoy reading this book if you get to it. :)

  3. jenclair Says:

    The Deep sounds interesting. I'm curious about the supernatural element!

  4. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I really liked it that the author combines real events with a touch of supernatural element. I'm hoping her next book will feature the same. :)

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