Sunday, March 8
Book Review: The Lifeboat
Author: Charlotte Rogan
Summary: Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started off interesting, and captured me fairly quickly, at times it was hard to put down, while the ending was somewhat disappointing, the overall book, was a good read.
I didn't exactly like the ending - the last two chapters of the book, didn't have the same feel to it, and I was disappointed how the book ended - especially the one characters fate, it didn't work for me and it was one of those, "wait, what, why?" moments. As for the rest of the book, it was incredibly well written. I wouldn't call it a engaging book, but I definitely was captured by it.
I enjoyed the way the author chose to tell the story, the narrator is somewhat unreliable, but that is what I like about the book - is that because she's such an unreliable character you're not sure how much of her story is the truth or is she lying to herself and the readers.
I loved the parts while they were on the lifeboat. They were raw, horrific and showed humanity at its best and worse. This part of the book really makes you think how you'd react in the situation and I think the author wrote it wonderfully. Overall, a surprisingly good read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, I think this would be a perfect read for a book club, as it would bring up a lot of interesting discussion points
What to read next: Life of Pi, there's another book I thought would be the perfect companion to this, and I forgot the title, but that one!
Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge