I am delighted to share my review today for The Last Passenger by Will Dean. This is a roller-coaster of a ride if you can call it that as it is set at sea!
My huge thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for approving my request to read this book via NetGalley.
When Caz steps onboard the exclusive cruise liner RMS Atlantica, it’s the start of a vacation of a lifetime with her new love, Pete. On their first night they explore the ship, eat, dance, make friends, but when Caz wakes the next morning, Pete is missing.
And when she walks out into the corridor, all the cabin doors are open. To her horror, she soon realizes that the ship is completely empty. No passengers, no crew, nobody but her. The Atlantica is steaming into the mid-Atlantic and Caz is the only person on board. But that’s just the beginning of the terrifying journey she finds herself trapped on in this white-knuckled mystery.
This is a gripping roller-coaster ride on the high seas. When Caz nervously goes on a cruise with her boyfriend Pete, she does not expect to lose him. She does not expect to be alone on a liner that should have thousands on it. Instead, when she walks out of her room in the morning she finds no one, no noise, no hustle or bustle, no idea as to what has happened.
There are some things that I would love to mention but can’t as it would mean spoiling it for those of you who have not read the book. The story does centre around Caz and the author fleshes her story out by adding details from her home life and her upbringing. It is something that becomes important later in the book and so as the author tells us the details he is giving her purpose and defining who she is as a person.
The suspense that builds up in this story is fabulous, tension and subtle drama as well as more dramatic scenes are all blended wonderfully to keep me hooked. It is a mystery that combines thriller and suspense and I think to some extent there is some horror but that depends on how you would personally feel about being on a huge ship by yourself. What sounds great is far from it when the author has put his twist on this scenario.
This is an action and adventure story as Caz is trying to survive in bizarre and changing circumstances. The mystery of the story is one that I didn’t expect, I did have a few theories but nothing close to the author’s vision. The trail he laid was exciting and one that had me hooked, it kept me turning the pages and I needed to know what was going to happen and how things were going to end.
Ideal for those who like a locked room-style mystery thriller. Tense and atmospheric, dangerous and full of action. Fabulous story and one I would definitely recommend.
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