Another 99p Kindle Daily Deal and a better book than the last few I’ve grumped about.
This one is set in July 1939 on a ship that is heading from Southampton to Australia. Lily Shepherd is fleeing from her past and heading out to start a new life in a new country. She makes friends with a man and his sister who are going to Australia for the man to recuperate from a long illness, she gets to know a couple travelling first class, who are escaping a scandal in London and she is thrust into the company of sour woman who shares her cabin and an unpleasant man who is seated at the same dining table as her. She also makes friends with an Austrian Jewish woman who is escaping from Nazi Germany.
During the 5 ½ weeks of the journey, as the passengers get to know each other in more depth than would normally within the confines of the ship, emotions and nerves are stretched.
By the end of the journey one man has been murdered by another. One of the women has gone overboard, some believe by accident, others by design. And no one turns out to be quite what they seemed. Oh, and World War II has started!
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the twists and turns and not knowing until the end how many of the clues I’d picked up on. I liked that I got some of the clues right but not all of them.
The one frustrating thing about the book for me was not getting to know the back stories of some of the characters as well as I might have. This though is a minor niggle.
All in all, probably the best of the bargain “holiday read” books I loaded onto my Kindle before setting off on holiday.