Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review: The Titanic Enigma by Tom West

Title: The Titanic Enigma
Author: Tom West

Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: June 20, 2013
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 1447210336
ISBN-13: 9781447210337

When the Titanic sank, it took a secret with it...

In the vast expanse of the Atlantic, 375 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, a ship’s crew film an extraordinary event: the ocean, covered with millions of floating fish, bubbles as though boiling. Then an enormous whale roars through the water and crashes down, dead, onto the surface. Some 13,000ft beneath—at these precise coordinates—lies the wreck of the Titanic.

Within twenty-four hours, the footage has become a global phenomenon. Commander Jerry Derham, charged with investigating the incident, rushes to see marine archaeologists Kate Wetherall and Lou Bates. The one-time couple specialize in deep-sea-diving and the scientific study of shipwrecks. Jerry needs to get the pair down to the ocean floor—fast.

None of them are prepared for what they find there. Someone on the Titanic had been keeping a secret: one that cost lives. A secret that has remained trapped beneath the ocean for a hundred years. And now there are those who would kill again to get hold of what one man died for in 1912...

My rating:

I bought this book at an airport (in Malta, I think), solely due to the blurb and the word Titanic in the title.
And yesterday, after reading I-don't-know-how-many-romances in a row, I decided to give this one a go, because a change of "scenery" was needed. And you can't go wrong with choosing a suspense/thriller if you're a little tired of romance in your reading.

When I think thriller, I think suspense, edge-of-your-seat action, nail-biting narration, a page-turner. This one was far from any of it, unfortunately. (Or maybe it's just me.)

The narration was slow, the story dragged, when there were passages describing the look of the wreck under the sea, I couldn't help but compare them to purple prose, the characters were bland, the story in 1912 boring...I just didn't feel "the connection", I didn't care what happened next as long as the book ended.

The premise was good, the blurb was fantastic (it's what enticed me to buy the book), yet the delivery failed completely.


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