Updated: May 13
By Danielle Rose
The Deep by Alma Katsu
And beneath it all, a kind of low, slurping hiss—terrifying and everywhere. The sound of the ship itself, taking on weight. Succumbing to the hard suck of the deep.
Annie Hebbley is a steward aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Both running from her past and searching for a place in the present, she allows her work to consume her thoughts, praying that the nightmarish visions she dreams at night will remain her secrets to bear. Hiding behind her own personal demons, Annie meets Mark Fletcher, first-class passenger and husband to Caroline Fletcher, an American socialite. Annie feels an immediate, unshakable connection stirring between the two, but before she can be certain Mark feels the same way, the unthinkable happens, and the RMS Titanic meets a deep, watery grave.
Four years later, Annie is a patient at an insane asylum. She enjoys spending her days crafting, needle pointing, and, most of all, avoiding her past and the choices which led her to Morninggate Asylum in Liverpool. Unfortunately, Annie's past simply won't allow her rest, and when she receives a letter from Violet, a good friend and fellow survivor, Annie joins RMS Britannic as a nurse caring for soldiers wounded in the war. As Annie spends time on Titanic's sister ship, she begins to unravel the terrifying truth behind the catastrophic events which sank the unsinkable ship. Annie must come to terms with her dark past before her life is irrevocably altered forever.
An ambitious combination of history, drama, love, and the paranormal, The Deep is wonderfully sinister, thoroughly compelling, and smartly written. More so a vivid, haunting tale of the spectacular RMS Titanic than a supernaturally-infused fantasy novel, The Deep is best suited for a history buff who is accepting of a modest splashing of the fantastical.
Danielle Rose is a USA Today bestselling author, a book reviewer, an occasional editor, and an always Oxford comma enthusiast. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Parkside, and in 2014, she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, Danielle resides in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their five rescue pets. When she is not writing, she is usually reading, renovating and decorating her historic Victorian manor, or sating her wanderlust. More about Danielle can be found at www.droseauthor.com.