The Lifeboat: A Novel

by Charlotte Rogan

Little, Brown And Company | January 8, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Lifeboat: A Novel is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316185914

ISBN - 13: 9780316185912

Found in: Literary

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie This was a mystifying book. It had a hold over me that I can't quite explain but it was peculiar: it's the story of Grace Winter, one of a number of survivors after her liner sinks crossing the ocean. She has only just married her husband and he perishes in the disaster, (don't worry, I haven't just blown any big secrets) leaving her widowed, but ultimately quite wealthy if she can convince her mother-in-law, whom she's never met, that she was in fact legally married before the ship went down. That is if she ever makes it back to land. A handful of boats filled with survivors languish for weeks on the open sea, and the novel switches primarily back and forth between their desperation in this boat towards the end, wondering if they will ever be saved, and a courtroom, where a number of the survivors of Grace's boat are being tried for murder. Including Grace herself. This is a real psychological thriller. Not in the sense of hit-you-over-the-head action or explosions or knives in the dark, but in honestly wondering: what happened on the boat? How, and why, did so many perish? What's happening in the courtroom? Are the people who say so actually as innocent as they claim? There's a strange darkness that clings to this novel. It gave me chills and this eerie sense the entire time I read it but it was fantastic. You'll rush through to find out what has happened and find yourself truly questioning human nature.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quite good well written, in the first-person narrative... I was disappointed while waiting for an ending that would shock/reveal something, but it never came... too bad. Otherwise a good story.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit too subtle An interesting idea and well written, but a bit too subtle. I read a lot of reviews that mentioned a bit twist at the end, but I never found it. I actually liked the main character, Grace, which many say is too cold hearted but I didn't see that so much. If her character had been male I don't think they would have said that! A bit more info at the end would have been appreciated.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Story Description: Little, Brown And Company|April 3, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-316-18590-5 Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life In the summer of 1914 the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, in which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it? The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. My Review: The Lifeboat is a page-turning account of 21 days adrift in the Atlantic Ocean narrated by 22-year-old Grace Winter. The lifeboat is overloaded and some people are going to have to die, jumping overboard to their deaths to drown in the sea. Asking for volunteers there is utter silence so straws are drawn and those 3 who choose the shortest must go overboard. Who could feel right about playing God in this way? The personalities of the men and women in the lifeboat are as different as night and day. There are those who are trouble makers, those who are afraid of their own shadow, those that feel ‘they’ must be in charge, and those that vacillate between the combination of learning to go with the flow so as not to be centered out by anyone. The emotions that these poor people go through are horrendous to say the least and the lack of food and water doesn’t help but when your lips are swollen to twice their normal size, split open and bleeding and your tongue so dried out and swollen that it’s cracking and drinking the salty sea-water is not an option for it would only worsen their condition. In the end, three of the woman, including the quiet narrator, Grace Winter, are on trial for murder. Having been forced to make a decision at sea brought them to the point of out and out murder, however what transpires in the courtroom will surprise you. As a debut novel, this was well-written, well thought out and left you feeling hopeful that you yourself are never put in the same position as these people found themselves. Charlotte Rogan has written a compelling, page-turner that should not be missed.
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting study in personalities Reason for Reading: I enjoy survival-at-sea stories and this immediately brought to my mind both the Titanic and the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. I enjoyed this book. It is short and a quick read and yet I found it didn't live up to my expectations or perhaps its full potential. I found the plot very predictable and kept waiting for a twist or shock to come into play but every time anything of consequence happened it was already something I expected to happen. I kept reading though because I couldn't believe that was all there was to the story and that some startling reveal was going to made at any point, but it failed to come. The story followed its expected outcome and ended quietly on that note. As stated I did enjoy the story; it is an interesting study in personalities when they are confined together in peril and how they will react. Grace herself, I found to be an unlikeable character from the beginning. She is rather cold and calculating in her motives even before the shipwreck. She is an unreliable narrator and yet her true character easily shows through which is one point which makes the book so predictable. I haven't read any other reviews of this book yet but I have a feeling that this is a book some people will absolutely love, while others not so.
Date published: 2012-06-07

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The Lifeboat: A Novel

The Lifeboat: A Novel

by Charlotte Rogan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316185914

ISBN - 13: 9780316185912

About the Book

Grace is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. A page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

From the Publisher

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

About the Author

Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University and worked for a large construction firm before turning to fiction. She is the author ofThe Lifeboat, which was nominated for theGuardianFirst Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and which has been translated into twenty-six languages. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she now lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

"The Lifeboat is a richly rewarding novel, psychologically acute and morally complex. It can and should be read on many levels, but it is first and foremost a harrowing tale of survival. And what an irresistible tale it is; terrifying, intense, and, like the ocean in which the shipwrecked characters are cast adrift, profound."-Valerie Martin, author of Property and The Confessions of Edward Day