The lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

It’s 1914 and the Empress Alexandria sinks and a disparate group of passengers find themselves in a lifeboat together. As they resign themselves to their situation, we learn a little of their stories, principally Grace, who’s travelling to meet her in-laws for the first time. But as the days pass and the situation becomes more desperate, so relationships break, rivalries abound and many are drawn to violence.

This is harrowing and not for those with a weak stomach. There are many acts of suicide, and you see a group of people in a desperate circumstance, who will do almost anything to save themselves.

The ending – a courtroom drama of sorts – I felt was a little disappointing! I guessed how it would end. Shame!


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