Title: The Deep
Author: Alma Katsu
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Release Date: 10 March 2020
My Rating: 5/5
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 . . .
Alma Katsu in her new novel The Deep had once again brought before the eyes the horror of Titanic but with a touch of paranormal facets. We all know the tragic history of Titanic and how the doomed ship had taken the lives of its passengers. But that’s not what we remember when we think of Titanic. It was the achingly beautiful romantic story that James Cameron has painted comes to our mind. But not after reading this book because of the real-life characters.
The story has two different timelines the one that had been taken place in Britannic, the sister ship of RMS Titanic in 1916, and then another in which we had been taken four years aback to Titanic in 1912. In both, the timelines Annie Hebbley played as the protagonist. Caroline Fletcher and Mark Fletcher has played an important role. The book was a bit slow in the beginning but once the Titanic set on a sail the story gradually picks up its pace.
I always have this fascination for occultism intrigued to know whether it is all true but had never dared to try. W.T.Stead with the seances, the author gave the eerie feeling throughout the book. The author had brilliantly blended the facts into fiction with real-life survivors of Titanic. I must say that Alma’s character reminds me of Laura Purcell’s not so reliable protagonists.
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Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hunger made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was named one of
the best novels of 2018 by the Observer, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books (and more), and was nominated for a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel.
The Taker, her debut novel, has been compared to the early works of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for combining historical, the supernatural, and fantasy into one story. The Taker was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist, was nominated for a Goodreads Readers Choice award, and has been published in over 10 languages. It is the first
in an award-winning trilogy that includes The Reckoning and The Descent.
Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a
contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Prior to the publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for
several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies.
Additional information can be found on Wikipedia and in this interview with Ozy.com.
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