The Deep by Alma Katsu

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Deep

 

Author: Alma Katsu

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

 

Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror/Paranormal

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (horror, gore, slight violence, paranormal activity)

 

Publisher: Transworld Digital

 

Pages: 320

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

 

Review: I thought this was a great horror book for the most part. The story was intriguing and the characters were developed. The setting was creepy and uninviting, like any horror book should be, and the author did well to research this story as fact and fiction are woven interchangeably throughout the book.

 

However, I got so lost on occasion with the dual POV running side by side. The switching back and forth and the overlap of characters make this sometimes hard to follow.

 

Verdict: I really enjoyed this read!

BOOK INFORMATION

The Deep

by Alma Katsu
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction, Adult

 

Synopsis:

 

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

 

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

 

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

 

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/46158562

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3aqb6aO

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-deep-alma-katsu/1132077819?ean=9780525537908#/

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-deep/id1468741587

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Deep-Alma-Katsu/9781787631359?ref=grid-view&qid=1579373308626&sr=1-2

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-deep-27

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/The_Deep?id=q5mdDwAAQBAJ&hl=en_US

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hunger made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was named one of the best novels of 2018 by the Observer, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books (and more), and was nominated for a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel.

 

The Taker, her debut novel, has been compared to the early works of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for combining historical, the supernatural, and fantasy into one story. The Taker was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist, was nominated for a Goodreads Readers Choice award, and has been published in over 10 languages. It is the first in an award-winning trilogy that includes The Reckoning and The Descent.

Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

 

Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies. Additional information can be found on Wikipedia and in this interview with Ozy.com.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://www.almakatsubooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3387293.Alma_Katsu

Twitter: https://twitter.com/almakatsu

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/almakatsu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlmaKatsuBooks/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.es/almakatsu/

 

Vices/Virtues by Beatrice DeSoprontu

Print

Tour Schedule:
March 16 – Paige @popthebutterfly
March 17 – JP @mr.pink.ink
March 18 – Stacie @borenbooks
March 19 – Jasmine @thefreckledmind
March 20 – CE @chelscey
March 21 – Nikki @thereadingrebel
A genre-breaking, racy, philosophical, funny tale about family, fetishes and identity.
Cristela had a childhood shrouded in secrets. Ashamed of their circumstances, her mother told lies and encouraged her daughter to do the same. As Cristela grew, she unraveled the lies, but found that deception is a hard habit to break. Now, as an adult, Cristela creates a secret alter ego as the dominatrix Mistress Clara.
By day, Cristela is a good-girl poster child. By night, Mistress Clara masters the hidden erotic realm of an S&M dungeon. With her knack for duplicity things should work smoothly except for one complication – friendship. The quirky array of fellow dominatrices at the dungeon are nothing like the stereotypes she expected. Divided between her affection for the girls at the dungeon and her desire to keep her fetish activities secret, Cristela fears her two worlds are colliding. Can Cristela break her history of deceit? In a world of vices and virtues, salvation isn’t something you find, it’s a path you make.
“Naughty but nice…Vices/Virtues is an insightful tale well-told.” 5 STARS Readers’ Favorites Reviews
About the Author
Beatrice De Soprontu began writing at the age of four, when she scribbled on the walls with a crayon. Now an adult, she mostly scribbles on her home computer surrounded by her noisy children and their less noisy father. Born and raised in New York City, (which includes: Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, maybe even Staten Island – a.k.a. the real New York and not the tourist trap that is Manhattan), she enthusiastically travels the world on a budget whenever she gets the chance.