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Dangerous Crossing: The captivating Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 page-turner Paperback – 10 Aug 2017
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"An exquisite story of love, murder, adventure and dark secrets, Rachel Rhys brings this dangerous crossing brilliantly and beautifully alive" (LISA JEWELL, Author of THE GIRLS)
"Intoxicating. I loved this book!" (SANTA MONTEFIORE)
"An utter treat . . . a glorious mix of proper old-school glamour and a labyrinthine plot full of class war, politics and sexual tension . . . Rhys writes with such conviction . . . a masterful storyteller." (VERONICA HENRY, author of FINDING LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP)
"Quite extraordinary . . . Beautiful, captivating and I desperately did not want the journey to end." (EMMA KAVANAGH, author of THE MISSING HOURS)
"Completely compelling and atmostpheric. I absolutely loved it." (JANE FALLON, author of MY SWEET REVENGE)
"An exquisite story of love, murder, adventure and dark secrets, Rachel Rhys brings this dangerous crossing brilliantly and beautifully alive"
"Intoxicating. I loved this book!"
"An utter treat . . . a glorious mix of proper old-school glamour and a labyrinthine plot full of class war, politics and sexual tension . . . Rhys writes with such conviction . . . a masterful storyteller."
"Quite extraordinary . . . Beautiful, captivating and I desperately did not want the journey to end."
"Completely compelling and atmostpheric. I absolutely loved it."
Now a RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 2017, 'The pages turn themselves' Richard Madeley. A stunning, atmospheric novel in the tradition of Death on the Nile and Patricia Highsmith. A young girl's terrifying journey trapped on a cruise liner to Australia on the brink of the Second World War.See all Product description
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Dangerous Crossing has been likened to Agatha Christie meeting Patricia Highsmith, but this is neither a whodunnit mystery nor a noir thriller, it’s something quite unique. The reader knows from the prologue that two people have been killed aboard the ship, and that a well dressed woman is led off the ship at its destination in handcuffs, but the character driven story is composed of the events leading up to the bloodshed on this claustrophobic, pressure cooker ship.
Dangerous Crossing is one of those books that is perfect to immerse yourself in. I wanted to read more to find out what happens whilst simultaneously slowing down as I didn’t want it to end. Rhys sets the scene perfectly as descriptions on board are so vivid, the words showered over me so that all of my senses were stimulated and I experienced all of the glamour and all of the mystery alongside Lizzie.
There is always underlying tension to the story that increases daily with the outside temperature. As the reader slowly gets to know the characters, it becomes apparent that they all have secrets to hide and are running away from something. Relationships between the passengers become more strained as boredom and heat exhaustion sets in. Everyone on board seems to be running away from something and as the ship gets closer to its final stop, the political and social unrest that came aboard with them erupts with life changing consequences.
I didn’t just read this book, I experienced the whole journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction with an air of mystery. Thanks to Alison Barrow at Transworld Books and Anne Carter for the opportunity to take part in the Blog Tour and of course thank you to Rachel Rhys for writing this fabulous bit of fiction.
Lily, the main character, finds herself drawn to a first class couple, the Campbells, who frequently come down to the lower decks to socialise. Why do they not stick to their own class and deck? Gradually we find the reasons, alongside discovering why the young man, Edward, to whom Lily feels attracted, behaves in the ambivalent way he does.
To say anything else would involve spoilers, but I found this an interesting, if fairly low-key, read.
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