Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins.
At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
This was such a weird book to read… And I am going to take my time with the review…
The book starts with Lo, a young reporter, facing by herself a home invasion, she is completely alone, the burglar surprised her, knock her slightly out and left, her boyfriend wasn’t there and she ends up taking meds for her after depression. After this episode she is left with an anxiety feeling and paranoia.
Lo gets the job of her life – her superior at work is pregnant so she can’t go on a cruise to write about the Northern Lights right now and the next in row is Lo. Lo is excited to go on Aurora borealis’s cruise ship, meet a hand of people, see the Northern lights and live a luxurious life for a couple of days.
On the first day on the boat a lot of weird things are happening, Lo is intoxicated with alcohol and pills, borrows a mascara from a sexy young woman in cabin 10, gets to meet the people on the boat, one of them being Ben an ex coworker and an ex boyfriend (which we don’t get a backround story on) and then at the end of the night she witness something odd, a woman being thrown over the board and just left there. She believes to be the woman in Cabin 10 but when she reports the events to the crew they say Cabin 10 was never booked, because a guy should had taken it but he announced he isn’t coming anymore so they didn’t booked it to anyone else. Lo is amazed, she saw the woman, she borrowed the mascara from her and when she goes into her room to find the mascara to bring it to the crew the mascara is gone… Lo meets all the women in the crew and she still didn’t find the sexy young one that no one knows about. No one believes her, that night she was drunk as a kite and sometimes after the home invasion episode she started to imagine some things because of the drugs she was taking. Also no woman is reported missing.
In the same period of time but on land, Lo’s boyfriend Judah is texting her and sends her emails and when he gets no response from Lo, he panics and alerts her family, friends and finally the crew members of Aurora Borealis and here’s the catch: Lo is missing, the boat stopped in a town for a day and they never seen Lo since.
This is where the book started to become creepy, it did scare me a little to be honest, I thought of foul play, maybe someone killed Lo because she actually witnessed a murder. But in the next chapter Lo is completely fine going with her story about the woman and trying to catch the killer.
Judah receives a phone call from Scotland Yard, a body of a woman came to shore… Judah recognised her clothes, they were Lo’s…
In the end the whole story unfolds, we find out what happened, things about the woman in Cabin 10, what happened to Lo and how this story is put to rest.
It was a mysterious read to a point, the characters were not made known that well as I’ve expected, it seemed like a rushed novel that is super easy to read. It took me a day to finish it, it kept me going even though it was such a weak read, I don’t think I would re’read this if I’ve had the chance. I didn’t liked it but I’ve finished it so I don’t know how to rate it. I’ll give it one point for the mystery factor, half of a point for keeping me slightly entertained, half of a point for the story and that’s it, it had a lot of bad points to it as well: the characters were shallow, the story made sense but not really, Lo was annoying as Hell most of the time and the murder was basic but with a slightly twist. The ending was a happy one and that saved the book as well.
I don’t recommand it though.