Washington Square Press
On Sale: January 8, 2019
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Mystery Historical | Romance Historical
In this “thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing”
(Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
historical suspense novel in the tradition of Agatha
Christie’s Death on the Nile and Ruth Ware’s The
Woman in Cabin 10, pre-war tension and forbidden romance
abound, and not everyone will survive the journey…
The ship has been like a world within itself, a vast
floating city outside of normal rules. But the longer the
journey continues, the more confined it is starting to feel,
deck upon deck, passenger upon passenger, all of them
churning around each other without anywhere to go...
1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd
boards an ocean liner in England, bound for Australia. She
is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows of her
past. The passage proves magical, complete with live music,
cocktails, and fancy-dress balls. With stops at exotic
locations along the way—Naples, Cairo, Ceylon—the voyage
shows Lily places she’s only ever dreamed of and enables her
to make friends with those above her social station, people
who would not ordinarily mingle with her. She even allows
herself to hope that a man she couldn’t possibly have a
future with outside the cocoon of the ship might return her
But Lily soon realizes that she’s not the only one hiding
secrets. Her newfound friends—the toxic wealthy couple Eliza
and Max; Cambridge graduate Edward; Jewish refugee Maria;
fascist George—are also running away from their pasts. As
the glamour of the voyage fades, the stage is set for
something sinister to occur. By the time the ship docks, two
passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily’s life
is irrevocably changed.
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