*Read it before you watch it – now a major TV series for Paramount+*
*Previously published as The Blue*
A SECRET YACHT
A LIFE-CHANGING HOLIDAY
YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE
UNTIL YOU CAN’T . . .
Leaving the grey skies of home, best friends Kitty and Lana journey to the Philippines. There, they discover The Blue – a beautiful yacht with a wandering crew.
As they sail through sparkling seas and discover untouched islands, their old lives drift away on the current.
But everyone on The Blue is running from something.
And when a swell of secrets and lies threatens to bring the adventure to an end, some won’t let paradise go – whatever the price . . .
Readers love getting swept away with Lucy Clarke’s destination thrillers:
‘Had me on the edge of my seat’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Brilliant . . . kept me guessing the whole way through’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Twists & turns galore, couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Very clever and I was gripped throughout. Will be reading more from Lucy Clarke for sure!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a stonkingly fabulous read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
PRAISE FOR LUCY CLARKE:
‘A tear-those-pages thriller which is also a great meditation on female friendship . . . I’d travel anywhere in the world with Lucy Clarke’ ABIGAIL DEAN
‘Lucy Clarke gets better and better’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘Atmospheric, haunting, and beautifully writtent’ GILLIAN MCALLISTER
‘Lucy Clarke brilliantly transports readers. The chilling environment and the tense, unpredictable plot both sent shivers down my spine’ ADELE PARKS
‘A page-turning, twisty and beautifully written thriller . . . Lucy Clarke really is the queen of the destination thriller’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS
‘I drop everything for a new Lucy Clarke book’ ERIN KELLY
‘A breathtaking thriller of friendship pushed to the absolute limit – and beyond’ T M LOGAN
‘A thriller with soul!’ EMYLIA HALL
‘Lucy Clarke's great skill is to add real emotional heft to her twisty, atmospheric thrillers . . . A brilliant escapist read’ SUSAN FLETCHER
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.