Thursday, June 18, 2015

Day Four

Idgie Says:
An author that I admire wrote a rave blurb saying this was a must read. As much as I enjoy this author and regard his opinion, I do have to disagree with him on this one. 

Unfortunately I found the story to be disappointing, vague, and lacking in true character development or concern toward most of the characters. There were a few characters that were more fully fleshed out than the others, but still not really enough to care about them.

It lacked the unease building toward a high point of terror and your own fear of what was occurring that you get when you read a good terror book. It remained mostly head scratching and befuddlement bordering on complete loss of interest on my part.

It definitely was meant to be in the vein of a Stephen King/Dean Koontz like horror book where regular people encounter things completely out of their league and reality that they are forced to deal with to the benefit or detriment (depending on circumstance) of themselves, and it did succeed with interesting plot points here and there, but in the end it basically remained as dangling looses threads of confusion.

I read last page and my complete thought process  was, "Huh."

Ship was lost, ending was lost, this reader remained lost.  

Book Description:
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
(June 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316242942
ISBN-13: 978-0316242943

Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.

When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world's press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.