Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What is Alma Katsu reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Alma Katsu, author of The Deep.

Her entry begins:
My most interesting recent read is The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni. It feels familiar at the start, in a cozy, comfortable your-favorite-bathrobe kind of way. A young woman going through a bad patch is informed, out of the blue, that she is the last of a noble European family. She will inherit everything if she travels to the family estate high in the Alps. She soon finds she’s stranded and that the family has a lot of secrets. Still comfy? From there it goes in a direction that is inevitable and yet quite daring. Only a writer as strong and fearless as Trussoni could...[read on]
About The Deep, from the publisher:
From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger comes an eerie, psychological twist on one of the world’s most renowned tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic and the ill-fated sail of its sister ship, the Britannic.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister–almost otherwordly–afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.

Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.
Learn more about the book and author at Alma Katsu's website.

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