A multi-perspective, dual-period story of espionage, love, and greed aboard the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German torpedo off the coast of Ireland in May 1915. Caroline and Gilbert Hochstetter, wealthy New Yorkers, Robert Langford, an aristocratic Brit, Patrick, the Irish steward, and Tess, a petty thief and art forger are thrown together onboard a doomed ship. One hundred years later, their ancestors attempt to unravel what really happened that caused the Germans to torpedo the ship and kill over 1,000 men, women, and children.
The multi-perspective view is particularly effective, especially when you consider three different authors contributed to the novel – there’s just enough overlap between the POVs to get a complete picture of the events as they unfold. The audiobook is also well done, with the reader only occasionally slipping amongst the British, Irish, southern American, and affluent NY accents she had to represent. The falling action after the ship sinks gets rather protracted and would have benefited from some heavier editing, but overall, the historical detail, the complexity of the various characters, and the imaginative weaving of the fictional with the historical makes this an enjoyable read.
This trio has written another novel, The Forgotten Room, reviewed here.
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