I was lucky enough to be sent this book from the author herself after connecting on Instagram through the #bookstagram community. I actually read this book in August 2020 during a very warm English summer, which felt rather bizarre and contradicted the pathetic fallacy and atmosphere immediately. But, nonetheless I dived straight into reading it and found myself instantly transported to the Norwegian Sea.
The settings were beautifully described and I was able to picture each scene just as I was able to observe the character interactions just as if I were another passenger on board the cruise ship. There was something very realistic about each personality; I could relate them all to people I have met, which helped establish my connection, or lack of in some cases. I seemed to flick back and forth between sympathy and disgust at the actions of the main character Agnes. Her behaviour, although completely plausible in real life made for some truly awkward reading and also some laugh-out-loud moments. Her cringey persona is accompanied by heart-warming desire with lethal instincts.
It was easy to follow the short snippet chapters, as well as the fast-forward moments to present time, and I have to say I did enjoy the book! It was different to other thrillers I have read and the social aspect of thought-processes and spontaneous reactions when it comes to desperate love were a welcome twist to the story line! I have a natural interest in Scandinavia and so the language interjections and traits of the staff were familiar to me and I thoroughly liked the realism created.
I could compare this book a little to The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, which I also enjoyed, so Florence Wetzel is in good company. Both books have, however, made me question whether I’d like to cruise around Scandinavia on a boat… I might stick to flying or driving. – GJ