*The gripping new novel from Lucy Clarke, THE CASTAWAYS, is coming in spring 2022 and available to pre-order now!*
*Previously published as The Blue*
‘A thrilling page turner . . . a beautifully written, compelling mystery that you won't want to put down’ C.L. Taylor
When there’s danger in paradise, will you be the one to stay alive?
With a quick spin of the globe, Kitty and Lana escape their grey reality and journey to the Philippines. There they discover The Blue – a beautiful yacht, with a wandering crew.
They spend day after languorous day exploring the pristine white beaches and swimming beneath the stars, and Lana
drifts further away from the long-buried secrets of home.
But the tide turns when death creeps quietly on deck.
A dangerous swell of mistrust and lies threatens to bring the crew’s adventures to an end – but some won’t let paradise go…whatever the price.
‘A beautifully written book you won’t be able to put down’ Fabulous
‘Lucy Clarke’s gripping third novel, The Blue, is a great holiday read’ Good Housekeeping
‘Intriguing and twisty thriller’ Sunday Mirror
‘Gripping . . .a twist filled novel’ Closer
‘A gripping page-turner’ Bella
‘A thrilling page turner . . .THE BLUE is a beautifully written, compelling mystery that you won't want to put down’ C.L. Taylor, author of THE LIE
‘An atmospheric thriller’ People
‘Kept me guessing, and wanderlusting, all the way through . . . the ultimate holiday read’ Emylia Hall
‘Immensely engaging . . . unexpected twists and turns right to the very last page. A perfect summer read!' Susan Elliot Wright
Praise for Lucy Clarke:
‘Trust us, you won’t be able to put it down.’ COSMOPOLITAN
‘A terrific summer read’ Richard & Judy Summer Book Club
‘Essential reading . . . you’ll want to quit your job and go travelling’. HEAT
‘You don’t have to go on your hols to appreciate this amazing beach read . . . A gripping, unpredictable page-turner.’ NOW
‘Moving back and forward between past and present, London, Australia and Bali, this is an atmospheric and enjoyable page-turner that makes good use of the exotic settings.’ SUNDAY MIRROR
‘Twisty and intriguing – a total page-turner’ CLOSER
About the author
Lucy Clarke has a first class degree in English Literature and is a passionate traveller and diarist. She has worked as a presenter of social enterprise events, a creative writing workshop leader, and she is now a full-time novelist. Lucy is married to James Cox, a professional windsurfer, and together they spend their winters travelling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England.
At the start of this intriguing tale of nautical misadventure from Clarke (Swimming at Night), Lana Lowe, an Englishwoman who has resided in New Zealand for eight months, anxiously awaits word of The Blue, a 50-ft. yacht that has sunk far off the north New Zealand coast. In particular, she worries that Kitty Berry, her dear friend from England, might have been aboard. In flashbacks, we learn how the two women came to join the crew in the Philippines. At first, the voyage is almost idyllic, but on The Blue "everyone's emotions and opinions collided... building enough energy and motion to create an explosion." Relationships form and falter, and tensions flare with fatal results. Lana eventually leaves the boat and Kitty. As Lana learns the fate of the crew members, she also learns startling facts about them. Clarke handles the joys, challenges, and chores of sailing with easy confidence and does just as fine a job with her misfit crew and their easily upset equilibrium.
Life in the ocean wave isn't always paradise
Lana and Kitty want to escape for life in Britain. So they spin a globe and end up in the Philippines on a yacht (The Blue) with five other crew members. But one night out at sea after the whole crew gets drunk on Kitty's cocktails, a crew member goes over board with no witnesses. This starts to eat away at Lana. Will she find out the truth?
This is the second Lucy Clarke book I've read, having read The Sea Sisters a few years ago. This is in a similar format to that book, chapters of "then" and "now". For "The Blue", the "Then" is Lana's time on the yacht and the "Now" is the hunt for survivors after the yacht hit an underwater container.
I felt I was right there on The Blue and in New Zealand, going through the adventure and stress with Lana which is credit to Lucy Clarke's writing. I was drawn into the highs and lows of the passage to Palau and the horror of waiting for any news on The Blue's missing crew.
"The Blue" is a slow starter, I wasn't totally hooked until half way through. The first half is enjoyable but I found the second half more attention grabbing as the pieces of the jigsaw start to drop into place.
Thank you to Netgalley and Touchstone for giving me this ebook to read and review.
I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. I had read the Sea Sisters and found that the characters and book stayed with me for a long time. This book has just done exactly the same.