"The trip of their dreams becomes the holiday of their nightmares"
The Beautiful Dreamer has been cruising for four days when it stops dead in the water. There is no electricity and no phone signal so they can't call for help, but when they don't reach port everyone is sure that the rescue teams will come looking for them.
Then a body is found on board which means there's a murderer on board too!
As security try to keep the search for the murderer under wraps, the ageing psychic on board, Celine del Ray, without the surreptitious help of her assistant appears to receive real messages for people on board, including a message from the dead girl.
As the days go on, the toilets stop working and the food starts to run out. You can feel the eerily stillness of the sea through the writing and the bubbling undercurrent of craziness about to settle in. I could almost smell the stench in the description of the lower cabins where the toilets had backed up and soaked through the carpet.
I particularly liked the scenes with the psychic and the manifestations of her spirit guides. I really felt like something evil had got onto the ship. It was similar to The Three in that I didn't really know what to make of the ending, other than to draw my own conclusions about life after death, the Bermuda Triangle and conspiracy theories. There are some links to The Three but you could read this a stand-alone book. I absolutely loved the press cuttings at the end, in a similar vein to The Three, making you feel like you could be reading non-fiction.
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