14 Jul 2015


Book Review / The Blue by Lucy Clarke

In the tradition of Alex Garland’s The Beach, a spine-tingling adventure novel about a group of friends whose journey around the world on a yacht turns from a trip to paradise into a chilling nightmare when one of them disappears at sea.

A group of friends.
A yacht.
And a disappearance-at-sea that turns paradise into a chilling nightmare.

Lana and her best friend Kitty leave home looking for freedom—and that’s exactly what they find when they are invited onto The Blue, a fifty-foot yacht making its way from the Philippines to New Zealand. The crew is made up of a group of young travellers bitten by wanderlust, and it doesn’t take long for Lana and Kitty’s dream of sea-bound romance to turn into reality.

Both women fall under the hypnotic spell of The Blue, spending their days exploring remote islands and their rum-filled nights relaxing on deck beneath the stars. But when one of their friends disappears overboard after an argument with another crewmember, the dark secrets that brought each of them aboard start to unravel.

At turns gorgeously scenic and entirely haunting, The Blue is a page-turning thriller about friendship, freedom and wanting to leave the past behind.

Published:     30th July 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher

My Review

You cannot imagine the excitment I had when I saw this one come in the post.  Lucy Clarke is now one of my favourite authors (alongside Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult).    This story mainly follows Lana in two different time periods - present day and in the past when they are on The Blue.  I liked that it was split into two time periods as it gave a lot more depth to the story and a lot more suspence also, especially following the present day and discovering what happens...  There are quite a few characters in this book but I had absolutely no trouble keeping up with them and remembering who they were.  You have a great mix of good characters and characters I was not sure about.  The book ties up nicely at the end and just when I thought the story would finish not really knowing about a certain thing that happened there was a bit of a twist that I was not expecting that actually made me sit up and go 'huh!'.

If you haven't tried a Lucy Clarke book yet, you are definatley missing out...  It has got great suspense, drama and a lot more things too!