24 June 2015

Review: Day Four by Sarah Lotz

Day Four (The Three #2) by Sarah Lotz

Published: 21 May 2015 by Hodder

Pages: 340

Genre/s: Horror

Source: Own library

Find it: Goodreads ~ Amazon

Contains absolutely no spoilers for The Three!

Synopsis

Four planes. Three survivors. One message. It seemed like the end of the world... but it wasn't. This, however, just might be.

The extraordinary, unforgettable sequel to THE THREE - perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.

Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.

That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There's a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer... and maybe something worse.


My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Lotz’s The Three when I read it last year – the gradual, more subtle creepiness was an interesting departure from my normal slasher style horror reads, and I was impressed with the way that a seemingly straightforward plot had several unexpected twists and turns. Day Four is a loosely connected sequel, and I’d even be hesitant to call it a companion novel as the connections are so subtle that one could probably read and enjoy Day Four without having read The Three.

Day Four is set on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, which as a person who hates boats with a burning passion, is probably one of the creepiest possible settings, especially when communication with the outside world is cut off and the passengers are left to fend for themselves.

Told through multiple alternating perspectives, shit starts to get real on the Beautiful Dreamer pretty quickly – as soon as the passengers realise that something sinister is happening it turns into a mixture of every man for themselves with only a few characters resisting the urge to join the chaos – even when things start to get rather dark and creepy. However, I found it quite difficult to care about the characters, as just when I started to get to know them and see the story through their eyes, the perspective shifts were a little jolting and in the end I struggled to remember all of the different points of view – I would have probably enjoyed the book much more if there has been less perspectives, and less characters with similar storylines.

Although the setting itself is enough to give you nightmares, another problem that I had with Day Four is that the elements that are supposed to be creepy and disturbing instead came across as rather cheesy and not completely thought through. There’s also a lack of resolution around some of the more supernatural aspects that although unusual in their execution, left me feeling rather lost.

If you enjoy horror with a supernatural twist in a unique setting, and particularly if you enjoyed The Three, I can certainly recommend Day Four, there were just a few elements that didn’t really work for me, but overall it was a book that I found myself picking up without hesistation.

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