The Blue by Lucy Clarke (5 out of 5)

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I got this one from Wendy at Simon & Schuster. Thank you, Wendy! I liked the description of this one as a novel similar to Alex Garland’s “The Beach”. Some of you who’ve known me since my dawn of time in books fifteen years ago know that this is one of my favorite books of all time. This little novel by Lucy Clarke is easy to get into and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout much of it. An added bonus is that it’s not a very big book, so it really flies by. I think I got through this one in under three hours. Clarke makes it very easy by imbuing her characters with dialogue that isn’t trite, but realistic and true to not only the situation, but the characters.

A group of friends take a trip around on a yacht for a trip that they think is going to be Paradise and which quickly turns into a nightmare that none of them had counted on(but really, do they ever see it coming?). It all starts with Lana and her friend Kitty being invited onto a yacht going from the Philippines to New Zealand. Both girls are quickly swept up in dreams of ship-board romance that begin to come true. One of their friends gets into an altercation with a crew member, and then disappears. This is the toppermost of the poppermost; all of the secrets of the friends begin to come out and unravel the tenuous bonds of new friendship that have been forged. More importantly, what happened to the missing crew member? I should warn you, the novel goes back and forth between “Then” and “Now”. We go on to find out that Lana left The Blue under mysterious circumstances, the ship has sunk, and all her friends are presumed dead. What the hell happened? There is no let up in this book. A great buildup of suspense throughout, and intricate involvement from those who are involved in the story. There is a definite similarity between this and “The Beach”, except this one takes place on a yacht and there’s the back and forth factor of telling the story. Overall, nary a complaint can I lodge. This was a quick read, a page turner, and chilling in the wrap-up. Didn’t see it coming, and that’s the best of all. Go pick it up, if you want an edge of the seat ride.

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~ by generationgbooks on September 22, 2015.

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