Stephan Lee
March 30, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Lifeboat

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Charlotte Rogan
publisher
Reagan Arthur Books
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Just two years after the Titanic‘s doomed voyage, the luxury liner carrying newlywed Grace Winter and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Separated from Henry, Grace boards a lifeboat with 38 other desperate passengers. When it becomes clear that the boat wasn’t made to hold so many people, alliances and power plays aboard the lifeboat grow more perilous than the waves that rage around it. In her assured debut, Rogan has written a layered and provocative tale of survival and impossible decisions. But her biggest achievement in The Lifeboat is the disarmingly demure yet fiercely shrewd Grace, a narrator as fascinating and unreliable as they come. A-

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