Title: The Deep
Author: Alma Katsu
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publishing Date: March 10, 2020
Age Category & Genre: Adult Historical Fiction, Horror
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.
✔ Inspired by the Titanic & Brittanic tragedies
✔ past & present timelines
✔ multiple perspectives on the sea
✔ filled with paranormal incidents
✔ mysterious, horror atmosphere
The Deep dives head-first into unusual happenings aboard a ship and historically accurate recounting of the perspectives around such incidents. With a setting that pulls you in the mysterious mist and subtly scares, the narration pulls off well through the multiple characters’ and split timeline: one in the past on the Titanic and one in the present on the Brittanic. In the middle of a vast sea, the story even showcases hints of women empowerment in a factual historical setting. The romance is a surprise among the dark clouds but definitely essential for making this story more emotionally driven. A slow pacing to understandably build more silence chaos but personally not a favourite aspect which is reflected in the rating.
✔ almost drowning, water sickness
✔ gambling, drug use, adultery
✔ accidental disaster – sinking ship
✔ gore war, suicide, injuries
✔ sexual content
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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.