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Day Four (The Three #2)

Day Fourby Sarah Lotz

Day Four is the second part of Sarah Lotz’s “The Three” trilogy. 

The story is set aboard a ship cruising the Gulf of Mexico. For three days, everything goes according to plan. Passengers enjoy the facilities and the sun; the crew deal with their usual mix of awkward, obnoxious and drunken holidaymakers. Just another cruise. Until day four.

That is when things start to go very wrong, and when events onboard the Beautiful Dreamer take a mysterious and sinister turn.

Although part of a series, you do not need to have read the first book (The Three) to enjoy it. There are obvious links and references to the first story, but on the whole, it stands alone very well.  

Each “chapter” tells the ongoing story from the perspective of the book’s main characters. Each has their own reasons for being aboard the ship. Each has a secret they want to keep hidden, but for all of them, events aboard the stricken ship force them to face fears and their own past. 

With no power, food and supplies dwindling and a virus beginning to take hold, tempers aboard the Beautiful Dreamer become increasingly short. And when people begin to see “ghosts”, things just from bad to worse. 

The only person not adversely affected by the changing circumstances is Celine del Ray, celebrity psychic, who seems to thrive on the mysterious events. Is she in some way responsible for what is happening? How does she know so much about her fellow travellers and their pasts?

Day Four is a gripping and intense thriller which questions our view of reality and ourselves. It is every bit as good as The Three with a great mix of wonderful characters, intense plot and skilled storytelling. 

I can’t wait t read the next. 

The Three (The Three #1)

by Sarah Lotz

The ThreeThe Three is a captivating and imaginative thriller like none I have come across before. There are ghost and hints of the supernatural, but it is not a horror story; there is talk of aliens and abduction, but it is not science fiction. Written as a series of interviews, articles, reports and blogs, it has a relentless pace.
 
The story itself centres around three children who are the sole survivors of four aeroplane crashes. The children and their families become the focus of intense media attention as the world looks on and tries to work out just how they managed to survive, virtually unscathed.
 
The events following the simultaneous disasters are told through the words of those around the children who find that they themselves are also victims.
 
The action moves between Japan, Africa, the UK and the US, but all are linked in ways that none of those involved can begin to understand. It is obvious that something beyond normal experience is happening, but no one seems to be able to see the whole picture, not even the writer trying to put it all together.
 
Throughout the book, Sarah Lotz’s narrative encourages the reader to question the things that motivate us and our beliefs. With Christian fanatics predicting the end of the world and conspiracy theorists seeing what they want to see, it is difficult to know who to believe.
 
I found The Three to be a compelling read; easy to read but difficult to put down. The unusual style of narrative do make the story slightly disjointed, but to me that only adds to the feeling that there is something sinister going on.