Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan



Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Released: 2012
Rating: 4/5



Synopsis:

Grace Winter is newly married and newly widowed, her husband of a few short weeks, secured her a place in one of the lifeboats but now she is on trial for murder. After an explosion on the Luxury liner, the Empress Alexandra has no chance. Two years prior, the Titanic sunk and everyone is hoping that better regulations have been put into place to ensure they will be rescued shortly. The survivors in Lifeboat 14 quickly learn that their boat is over capacity, and they must fight for their survival. As much as they would like to help those in desperate need, they’re own survival is on the line. Seaman John Hardie takes charge of the lifeboat, and causes contention within the boat. Charlotte Rogan has readers questioning if murder is justified for survival.


Review:

The Lifeboat is set during 1914 just before the onset of war. Grace’s husband Henry broke off his engagement to his fiancĂ©, and despite his parent’s wishes, he married Grace. She has yet to meet her in-laws, and now, sitting in a lifeboat she doesn’t know if Henry has survived. As the hours on the boat turn into days, the moral on the boat drastically changes. The boat is overcapacity and they have dwindling supplies that Hardie has taken control over. Survivors are initially relieved to have Hardie take command of the boat, eventually they’re attitudes changed when Hardie keeps a tight reign on the dwindling food and water. Desperate times cause for desperate measures, and now Grace is on trial.

I normally wouldn’t have picked this one up for myself, but Rogan is a 2012 debut author and I wanted to give her a chance. I ended up really enjoying the book. As readers are introduced to the present trail and past flashbacks, we begin to question Grace’s reliability. It’s clear that in this situation there are no easy answers. It becomes evident that some must be sacrificed for the majority to live.

The Lifeboat was a great debut novel for Charlotte Rogan. Once you begin the story, you won’t want to put it down. Readers dive in and are anxious to find out what really happened on the boat. I recommend this one for those looking for a great survival story that will leave you questioning the actions of those survivors. Who should decide who lives and dies? How long do you wait before making these decisions?

17 comments:

  1. These kind of stories sometimes stress me out, but it also sounds really good!

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  2. This one sounds interesting. I think I"ll pick it up. Thanks for the review.

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  3. I hope to read this soon - I've heard it has some disturbing parts.

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  4. I love when I'm not sure I can trust the protagonist, it adds a whole other level of intensity when they're potentially unreliable as witnesses:) Gorgeous cover on this one as well, so glad this was a fabulous debut for you:)

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  5. I have been seriously eying this one for the past couple of weeks, and think that the premise sounds rather interesting. I can't imagine having to make that kind of decision regarding who lives and who dies. A great review today!

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  6. I haven't heard of this one but it sounds fascinating! It would be nice to read about a "new" ship wreck since everything seems to be about the Titanic.

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  7. I haven't seen this one before. Sounds like an interesting read with some suspense. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. Wow, this sounds really good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  9. This sounds like an emotionally intense book! I love it when debut authors come out strong because then I just love them from the get go.

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  10. I wouldn't have normally read this book either, but the blurb was so interesting I couldn't pass it up. Glad you liked it, I can't wait to start it!

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  11. I just finished this too. I thought Grace was - well actually I shouldn't say because it would be spoilery. But definitely a great discussion book!

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  12. I like debut authors as well as Reagan Arthur imprint books! I will give this one a try.

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  13. Oooohh, this book sounds so mysterious! It's actually so cool how you're not sure whether the protagonist is reliable or not because that makes it seem even more intense! :) I remember seeing the cover for this book before and thinking it seemed intriguing, so I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! :)

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  14. Wow, this sounds seriously good and you're making me even more intrigued! I love survival stories and those that definitely doesn't let you go? Yes, please. ;) Great review!

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  15. This books sounds really interesting and different from a lot of other books out there. It's definitely one I give a chance to.

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  16. I am so glad that you liked it! I featured it on my post "A Book Worth Waiting For", but have not had a chance to read it. I can't wait to make room.
    - Stephanie

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