Review published on April 29, 2016.
Who could resist wanting to read Sarah Lotz’s Day Four when the cover has the strapline “Three days in heaven. The fourth is going to be hell…”? Not me! Having really enjoyed reading her previous novel, The Three, I was looking forward to reading this and I wasn’t disappointed.
Day Four revolves around the cruise ship Beautiful Dreamer – on the fourth day, the ship loses power with no way to call for help. Things start to go awry after a few days when people realise that no help is coming and as you’d expect, food supplies dwindle, people fall ill and tempers fray. There’s also the celebrity medium on board whose contact with the dead suddenly starts becoming less showbiz and more truthful.
Sarah Lotz’s portrayal of life aboard a cruise ship and how people behave when it’s every person for themselves is both believable and realistic. Whilst it was sometimes difficult to remember who was who from the ship’s employees, the main characters are varied and interesting and the story is an enjoyable read. I was surprised at the length of the novel given that its predecessor is so long, but this in no way detracts as this book can be read as a standalone novel. It’s a very subtle horror novel and well worth reading, whether you’ve read The Three or not (and if you haven’t, I suggest you do as you won’t be disappointed!)
Day Four – Sarah Lotz
Hodder 9781444775389 pbk Feb 2016