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The Deep by Alma Katsu

The Deep

Alma Katsu

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Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 3 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781787631359

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 .

3 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
27 Mar 2020

"a stodgy read, by no means as compelling as its predecessor"

Told from the viewpoint of stewardess Annie Hebbley, the story offers ghostly shenanigans, but these take a back seat to an all-too-human tale of obsessive love that crosses the boundary between steerage and the upper decks and also between the material realm and the spiritual. There’s the odd chilling moment, and a strong sense of doom is evoked — not just because of the looming iceberg. That said, The Deep is a stodgy read, by no means as compelling as its predecessor. Katsu rather goes overboard on the research: when a character refers to the ship as a “bloated behemoth”, one feels that could equally apply to this book.