Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it? (Taken from Goodreads)
I read this novel in just over a day, in fact I would have finished it a lot faster if I did not have to go to work.
This novel starts out by the reader being presented to a women that is currently on trial for murder. This is followed by a serious of diary entries explaining what happened in the lifeboat that lead eventually to murder.
The setting of this novel was very well though out and had been well researched. I felt like I was sitting in the lifeboat beside that characters watching the story unfold in front of my eyes. Whenever this happens, I know that the book I am reading is going to be one of my favourite books of all time.
The Lifeboat is a very thought-provoking read and will bring you as reader to the edge of humanity. How would you survive in the situation? Would you be willing to sacrifice others, so that you would have a better chance of surviving? I was left thinking these questions and more when I got to the end of The Lifeboat.
Overall this will probably be one of my favourite books of 2012 and I highly recommend it.