Published by HarperCollins Publishers on July 30th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Psychological Thriller
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They had found paradise.What would they do to keep it?With a quick spin of the globe, Kitty and Lanaescape their grey reality and journey to the Philippines.There they discover The Blue – a beautiful yacht,with a wandering crew.
They spend day after languorous day exploring the pristinewhite beaches and swimming beneath the stars, and Lanadrifts further away from the long-buried secrets of home.
But the tide turns when death creeps quietly on deck.
A dangerous swell of mistrust and lies threatens to bringthe crew’s adventures to an end – but some won’tlet paradise go…whatever the price.
After finishing Ruby I wanted something a bit lighter to read, that still had a good enough story to keep me engaged. The Blue by Lucy Clarke seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I had read and enjoyed A Single Breath by the same author last year, so I was looking forward to this book.
It’s similar to A Single Breath in that it’s focused around the sea and set in the Southern Hemisphere – this time mainly in the Philippines. Kitty and Lana have left a mundane life back in the UK and are enticed on to a boat – The Blue – which sails around the islands, choosing where to go next by democratic vote. The lifestyle seems idyllic with the boat able to access sheltered coves and places where no-one else can reach. It seems like the girls have found paradise.
However soon it becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and when a crew member goes missing, Lana begins to wonder what they’ve got themselves into.
The story is engaging, and has a decent number of twists and turns. It flashes between Lana in the current day, waiting in New Zealand for news of the crew after reports that The Blue has sunk; and Lana on the boat herself, and the events which unfolded. The story is revealed piecemeal in a rather effective manner.
However I couldn’t completely buy into Kitty and Lana’s “closer than sisters” friendship, and by the middle of the book Lana was coming across as a paranoid neurotic. I think this could have been toned down a little. That said, I did enjoy the read and it served its purpose well of being a “palate cleanser” after the slightly darker and harder-to-read, Ruby.