I’ve finally got round to reading Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys which has been on my TBR pile for a while now. I’m sharing my thoughts on my blog today.
England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, long-hidden secrets begin to surface. Her heart beats faster for the attention of handsome Edward, but is his heart already taken?
Australia, six-weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and Lily’s desire for Edward is untameable. But something else is awry on this ship and Lily is determined to find out ….
I loved Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. It’s been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time now, and I’m so pleased that I’ve finally got round to reading it. The world is on the brink of war; tensions in Europe are rising high. It’s 1939, and Lily Shepherd has boarded a cruise liner and plans to begin a new life in Australia. She quickly becomes friends with a group of other travellers, but tensions simmer and a shadow seems to be following them in the background.
I loved the opening of this book which immediately drew me into the story. On page one, we are actually there at the point of arrival in Australia, but a woman is being led off the gangplank in handcuffs. Who is this woman? What has she done?
Then we are taken back to the starting point, and we see events in the lead up to this moment begin to unfold. I was constantly looking at the characters wondering who it was who could be this mysterious person being led off the ship by police officers. I loved Rachel Rhys’ attention to detail. I felt as though I was there on the ship and with the group in the places they visited. Rachel Rhys really brings her characters to life.
This is, of course, a historical fiction novel, but there are elements of a thriller to it as well. I wanted to know what was going on, especially when strange things start to happen in Lily’s new friendship circle on board. But an investigation conducted by the steward’s uncovers little evidence as to who could be the culprit and if the reported incidents actually took place.
Towards the end of the voyage, and as we get to understand who the woman was at the beginning of the novel and what she has done, it does feel very claustrophobic on board the ship. There is a brilliant twist that turns the novel on its head. I thought the way how Rachel weaved it into her plot was really clever.
I was utterly gripped by Dangerous Crossing. If you haven’t yet got round to reading it yet, then I highly recommend that you do so.
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Print length: 364 pages
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