The Blue by Lucy Clarke
I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.
Title: The Blue: A Novel
Author: Lucy Clarke
About the Book
In the tradition of Alex Garland’s The Beach, a spine-tingling adventure novel about a group of friends whose journey around the world on a yacht turns from a trip to paradise into a chilling nightmare when one of them disappears at sea.
A group of friends.
And a disappearance-at-sea that turns paradise into a chilling nightmare.
Lana and her best friend Kitty leave home looking for freedom—and that’s exactly what they find when they are invited onto The Blue, a fifty-foot yacht making its way from the Philippines to New Zealand. The crew is made up of a group of young travellers bitten by wanderlust, and it doesn’t take long for Lana and Kitty’s dream of sea-bound romance to turn into reality.
Both women fall under the hypnotic spell of The Blue, spending their days exploring remote islands and their rum-filled nights relaxing on deck beneath the stars. But when one of their friends disappears overboard after an argument with another crew member, the dark secrets that brought each of them aboard start to unravel.
At turns gorgeously scenic and entirely haunting, The Blue is a page-turning thriller about friendship, freedom and wanting to leave the past behind.
I knew that The Blue was a thriller from reading the description. What I didn’t know was if it was a supernatural thriller or a good ol’ fashioned thriller. It was a mystery to me until about half way through and then I figured out what type of book I was reading. I was reading too much into the description because it is literally about what it says – the dark secrets people hide. Sometimes that is scarier than any make-believe monster could ever be.
I fell in love with The Blue almost right away. The author paints such a beautiful, vivid picture with her words. She set the scene so perfectly that I could see it clearly in my mind’s eye. She has a real talent for prose and capturing the scenery. If I closed my eyes I could easily picture myself sitting on The Blue surrounded by the blue green ocean water. It was the next best thing to actually being in paradise.
The story of The Blue is told from a young British woman named Lana’s point of view and goes back and forth between the past and the present. We hear about what happened on The Blue and then it jumps back to the present and the aftermath. Both tenses are essential to learning the full story of what happened on that fateful passage in the middle of the ocean.
I liked Lana’s character for the most part, but the others on The Blue, I didn’t care for much. I found Kitty, Lana’s best friend, to be a little annoying, Joseph, very creepy, Aaron was a jerk and Denny seemed like a player to me. Lana and Denny had a romantic relationship that had to be kept a secret to comply with The Blue’s no-romance policy. The focus of the book wasn’t really on their relationship and I didn’t really feel their connection.
This is a book that kept me up late reading because I wanted to know how it would unfold. I was trying to figure out what exactly happened on that fateful night one of the crew members disappeared overboard. All the crew members (except Lana) seemed a little shady to me and were suspects in my mind. It’s a delicious mystery that unravels at a perfect pace. You just have to keep reading to know what happened. Thankfully, it isn’t a book that leaves you hanging at the end. You will find out everything! My theory was wrong, too.
The Blue is an excellent read for anyone who loves to be swept away with a good mystery!