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The Deep Review
Updated: Sep 11, 2022
I found this to be a beautifully haunting take on why the Titanic sank.
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, the 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 recognises 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 . . .
This was voted as my May #EnchantedReadsBookClub pick!
Titanic meets ghost story? Yes, please!
As soon as I read “Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic…” in the synopsis, I knew I had to read this one. So I was so happy that it was voted to be my May book club pick! I was so excited to finally pick this up!
And it did not disappoint! This was the perfect balance of historical fiction and creepy ghost vibes. We see a beautifully written paranormal fiction for the reason why not only the Titanic sank but its sister ship, the Britannic too!
This was the perfect balance of historical fiction and creepy ghost vibes.
Oh, I enjoyed all the creepy vibes in this one. While being a historical fiction, this does have a slower pace than other paranormal horrors I’ve read. However, I never felt bored. It had enchanted me by the first chapter.
It had enchanted me by the first chapter.
We flip between two timelines, one with our main character aboard the Titanic, and then a few years later, her aboard its sister ship, the Britannic. After surviving one sinking ship, you’d think you’d avoid all ships… But I’m glad she didn’t! And while we do see a few other points of view along the way, our main focus is definitely with Annie. And I loved following Annie. I found her simply captivating to follow.
Overall, I found this to be a beautifully haunting take on why the Titanic sank. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, paranormal horrors especially around ghost stories, or are also like me, captivated by the Titanic legacy, you will definitely enjoy this one too!