Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Recently whilst browsing for new reads for my kindle, I came across Day Four By Sarah Lotz. I have previously reviewed The Three from Sarah Lotz and I loved the it. It had me gripped from start to finish so choosing to read this was a no brainer really.
Day Four is set on The Beautiful Dreamer, an ageing cruise liner where we join it for a new year singles cruise. A five day cruise which is also host to controversial psychic medium Celine Del Ray, who in 2014, hit the headlines for stating that her psychic guides had proof that Lori and Bobby Small, victims of one of the Black Thursday plane crashes, were still alive despite definitive proof to the contrary. Meeting her on board are a group of ‘Friends’ who had specifically joined the cruise for Celine’s show. Also on board was blogger Xavier Smith whose sole intention was expose Celine for being the fake he thought she was. But then on day four of the cruise the ship mysteriously loses power and is dead in the water.With no electricity, power, no wifi or phone service, the crew have no way of calling for help and are stuck waiting, sure that someone would come looking for them. Or would they.
Pretty quickly things take a turn for worse and crew, guests alike, start to experience things that couldn’t possibly be real could they. Then something happens to Celine, a passenger dies on board and things aren’t quite as they seem. Why is no one looking for them and what is actually happening? Things get worse when when sanitation fails, flooding it’s contents over the ship, food starts to run out, people start to turn on each and it all gets a bit desperate.
What did I think?
After reading an extract I was instantly hooked and downloaded it to my kindle. Honestly I couldn’t put it down and read it in record time. I love the way normal and paranormal are seamlessly intertwined with each. It leaves you guessing as to is it actually real or are people just hallucinating. I felt I was swept along with the intensity, I could feel the chaos and confusion and I swear I have permanent frown lines from emphasising (possibly got a bit too involved) with the characters. I loved that you got to see what was going on from a wide variety of characters from Celine, herself, her assistant Maddie, the blogger, and various other guests. I loved Althea, who despite everything that was going on remained resolutely dedicated to her post making sure she kept things running and her guests happy via her role on the ship. I think it helps to build a more thorough story. Another thing I like is the references to Black Thursday, although by no means do you need to have read it first but I recommend reading it anyway. Without wanting to ruin the it bring a whole load more twists and turns.
If you are a fan of books like this, having been recommended for fans of The Shining it is well worth a read and I really enjoyed it and will give it a 9/10