This book gets off to a flying start. Absolutely adored the mystery and intrigue following the five couples that have won a luxury cruise, but don’t remember entering anything to win it. The characters are great and well dawn. The description is fabulous, I’ve sailed from Naples and have wonderful memories of watching the magnificent harbour disappear.
The playmates stomping around in the author’s head are a twisted and dark crowd. It’s a great read. You have to suspend reality towards the end where some of the happenings couldn’t happen the way described, but by that point the story carries you along so well that incidentals don’t matter. By that, I mean real happenings, not the story happenings. Difficult without giving a spoiler.
His writing is very visual so that you can see the scenes unfolding. The book is imaginative and had me totally buying into it. Gripping, tense, fantastic tale and for me the highlight is the description of life on the cruise ship. I was so invested in the story that I almost didn’t want it to turn when it does. It all ties up well and the ending is brilliant.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.