Name: Day Four
Author: Sarah Lotz
Number of Pages: 340 (Paperback)
Published: 21st May 2015 by Hodder
Genre: Supernatural, Mystery
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.
That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There’s a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer… and maybe something worse. – from Goodreads
A cruise ship becomes lost at sea, cut off from the world when their communication system fails and with no sign of rescue. It’s a nightmare scenario, intensified when a virus starts making people ill and the ship’s facilities stop working. Various members of the crew and passengers believe they’ve seen ghostly figures onboard and rumour and panic starts to spread. The suspense and paranoia builds as the stranded ship remains without rescue, and as time goes on and more ‘sightings’ and strange events occur it’s difficult to know what people saw and what they only imagined they saw, which plays up the suspense. You’re never quite sure whether there’s something real onboard the ship, or whether it’s a case of a guilty mind playing tricks on certain characters. And some of them have plenty to feel guilty about.
Amongst the main characters is a celebrity medium, someone who plays on finding facts beforehand then making revelations to her captive audience, or Friends, but in light of the strange occurrences she seems to find a genuine talent, which gains her more followers, much to the disbelief of her young assistant Maddie, one of the other main characters.
There is a great variety here; obnoxious tourists, a blogger set to expose the medium as a fraud, long-time regular cruisers, two women who join the cruise together with a single aim in mind, and a man who commits a crime and runs the risk of being found out once things start going wrong.
The tale is told through the viewpoints of several of these characters and we watch the situation escalate both above and below decks as conditions onboard the ship deteriorate and paranoia and fear sets in.
I’m not going to give anything away, but I loved the conclusion of this story. Where the ship actually ends up and what happens there was a section I could have read another whole book’s worth of in itself. It’s just the kind of setting that I enjoy. I hope that part of the story is something that carries over into the next book.
I’ve not read The Three but didn’t find that that took anything away from my enjoyment of this story, and it’s a book a might have to check out in the future.