The Lifeboat - a novel by Charlotte Rogan
How would you deal with being in a lifeboat with 30 other poor souls after your ship has sunk. You're in the middle of the Atlantic ocean ..... the boat is low in the water because of the 31 people in the boat. Could you survive? Would you?
This novel is a first for author, Charlotte Rogan, and I am looking forward to reading more of her work. Mrs. Henry Winter, the main character, has been married only a few weeks and is heading to the United States with her husband.
Her description of being in a lifeboat for over three weeks is captivating. The ocean liner caught fire and had to be abandoned - almost everyone got off of the ship but several did not survive. Mr. Hardie, an employee of the cruise ship, takes charge of the lifeboat and both saves them and bullies them each and every hour of the day. He refuses the sail the lifeboat because it is low in the water and, if it heels, water will rush into the boat. The survivors take turns rowing the lifeboat - but which way to go? East? West? Food is rationed. Water is rationed. The passengers lose weight .... and then hope. They begin to die one-by-one and are put over the lifeboat into the sea. Mr. Hardie creates enemies ..... several want him to go over the boat, also. Murder is on their mind.
What happens to them? Are they rescued? How did Mrs. Henry Winter end up on trial for muder? What was the verdict?
I won't spoil the ending for you but if you want a good book to read on the beach, this is it. Happy reading!