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This review is from: The Lifeboat (Hardcover)
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Like a few other reviewers, having now read 'The Lifeboat', I wonder what all the hype is about. I liked the sound of it and almost bought it, but then was offered a copy by Amazon for review, and am very glad I didn't have to pay for it.
I recently read a wonderful book about the sinking of the Titanic ('Women and Children First' by Gill Paul), and thought this might be a good one to continue the theme. Unfortunately though, 'The Lifeboat' was a huge disappointment. I imagined that in the confines of the boat the reader would find strong characterisation would contribute to a tight plot. However the characters were never developed, in fact having just finished this book I struggle to remember any of them with any clarity, they were all just cardboard cutouts and it was difficult to recall one from another.
I plodded on and on through the book expecting something great to happen that would make me see what all the 5 star reviewers saw. After struggling reluctantly to the bitter end with no improvement, I had assumed an amazing revealation would come about in the last few pages, but alas no. In fact I read the last sentence at the bottom of a page, turned over to continue and found that was it, it had finished.
I don't like giving negative reviews but I'm afraid I could find nothing good to report on this book, I found it boring throughout and regret wasting several precious hours reading it.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2013 21:44:17 GMT
I also was very disappointed. Unfortunately, I bought the book to read along with a friend who was wondering whether to put it forward for a book club. We both thought it was a waste of time.
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