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Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: Smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.
When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world's press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.
Day Four is a heart-racing tale from "a ferociously imaginative storyteller." (Lauren Beukes).
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By Brad B. on 06-29-15
Slow... very slow.
I'm going to come clean right off the bat; I'm only around half way through the book. That being said, I feel like I could have jumped into the story right where I'm at and wouldn't have lost anything. The story is taking an agonizingly long time to develop, and the parts that are supposed to be "creepy" never really seem to hit that mark. Most of the content comes across as if I'm overhearing an incredibly uninteresting and mundane conversation held between people I couldn't care less about. As it progresses, I've found that those mundane conversations are becoming more and more annoying and hard to listen to. Right now I'm really struggling with finishing the book.
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By The Plexus Girl on 08-12-15
Review by a former cruise employee
I downloaded this book because I read a review by Stephen King, saying it was scary. This book started really slowly. It kept my attention, though, because I am a former Cruise Ship crew member, who was fortunate to not have tragedy strike while I was aboard. I didn't find the book scary. At all. I was confused in the last few chapters, only guessing the ending seconds before it happened.
The characters were relatable-I'm sure I worked with a few of them! The disaster protocol sounds genuine. The crew's behavior was...interesting. No ship crew I worked with would behave as such, however, it adds an element of hopelessness to the story.
I was disappointed in the narrator. She did a good job with inflection and changing her voice so I knew who was speaking. However, Ms. Rawlins obviously has spent no time with any Filipino person, nor did she Google the correct pronunciation of Tagalog (which is tah-GAH-lowg, not TAG-ah-log) or the correct pronunciation of some of the names.
I need to re listen to this book, to see if I missed any scary parts; since I listened at work, that is a possibility.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful