Day Four

Day Four

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First United States edition.
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Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors. When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world's press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780316242943
Branch Call Number: FIC LOTZ
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Day 4


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Nov 15, 2015

Another title I picked up at the library because of the title and book jacket; and, I'm glad I did. This story of a cheap cruise gone very wrong is full of fantastical and scary goings-on. On the fourth day of the cruise, there's unexplained engine failure, along with communications failure, natch. The staff "in the know" don't know anything and everyone else starts panicking as, of course, a virus (Noro-type) sweeps through the ship. The main characters: a famous "medium's" assistant, staff attendant on VIP level, elderly suicidal friends, and the ship's doctor slog through it all, hoping for rescue.
The dissonance between what the shipboard folk describe happening and what the world press reports is quite creepy.

Oct 10, 2015

I got to the end (a major feat in itself) and I'm still not sure what was going on. Kind of a waste of time


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