Author: Chris Coppel
This was yet another fascinating novel I had the opportunity to sign up to review with the good folks at Blackthorn Book Tours. I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to go and whether or not I was going to like the story, but as it turned out I enjoyed it very much and got through it quite quickly.
In this tale we are traveling alongside a young man named David Easton. David is a very sad and lonely guy. He feels like nothing in his life is, can or will ever go right. Everything finally overwhelms him and he decides to take his life and his fate in that life into his very own hands.
David pulls as much money together as he can and books himself a one-way ticket on the most luxurious ocean liner afloat in the world, the Oceanis. He plans to spoil himself, making use of every opportunity, event and amenity available on the ship and to fully enjoy himself. But at some point during the trip, David plans on a very dramatic suicide fit for the movie screen.
Taking a cue from Leonardo DiCaprio, David is going to hoist himself up on the railing at the back of the ship and, to add his own special flair, planned to take a swan dive off the ship’s fantail and smash into the cold Atlantic where he would most certainly die.
But things don’t go as he had planned. They never do. Then strange things start to happen aboard this luxury ocean liner. Things that not only strike fear and confusion into those that face them but also things that cause intrigue and wonderment and a weird kind of peace, in a way. And because of things like meeting new people, seeing and experiencing new things and a massive amount of curiosity David will have to choose between getting answers to his very serious questions about the ship or staying his course and following through with his suicide.
I really enjoyed this novel. I was extremely intrigued and interested to see where the author would go with the story each time something new happened. It also felt like I was almost right there in the story, feeling the same sense of danger or relief, feeling the same intense nervousness when a character is investigating around dark corners and the like. The book was well written, easy to read, easy to follow and for me it was a very fresh story line because I haven’t ever read anything like this before. I thought the characters were fascinating people. The author really puts in time to get the reader invested for the full haul of the book, which is 256 pages. I know for some that may sound like a lot, even for me it’s a little daunting to think about however, once you start reading, you get so engrossed in what’s going on that you have easily zipped through fifty or sixty pages without even realizing it.
I think those who like the mysterious, psychological thrillers and content like that will really get a lot of enjoyment out of this book. It’s certainly got the potential for anyone to like it. I’d say at least give it a try. I think you’ll find that it is worth the time to read it.