Monday, November 22, 2021

Tuesday Tagline #212

The Blue

They found paradise.... what would they do to keep it?

The Blue by Lucy Clarke is a fascinating tale of two young girls from England- Lana and Kitty- who are in the Philippines when they come across a yacht called the Blue. The crew are a bunch of free spirits and after meeting and getting drunk with them one night they find themselves aboard. Shaking off hangovers they get to know the crew better and discover that the Blue and her crew sail from Australia to Fiji and all points in between. Everyone keeps their past to themselves for the most part. New crew members are voted in or out by the existing crew, and when Lana and Kitty decide to join they are welcomed aboard. 

Lana and Kitty have reasons to escape. Lana in particular has deep seated reasons for fleeing her home, and her and Kitty have been inseparable for years- best friends. The crew votes on where they stop and one of the few rules is that no relationships are permitted between crew members. They spend their time anchoring in secluded lagoons, drinking under the stars and living by their own lights. It's idyllic and romantic and Lana and Kitty feel like they've never been happier. But it soon becomes clear that everyone aboard has secrets- and when someone dies, those secrets threaten to tear the group apart.    

I picked this one up based solely on the cover, and the synopsis didn't hurt either. This is told in both the past and the present- we get current events mixed with the events of eight month ago, and slowly the secrets and lies are revealed. Lana finds the rule about "no relationships" hard to observe, and you're never quite sure who is telling the truth and who has something to hide. Lana and Kitty find their loyalties tested, and there are several surprises, including not one but two big twists at the end that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed the little details of life on the yacht, and the descriptions of the islands and locations were so vivid. 

Who hasn't wanted at some point to get away from it all and live for the day? This is a great mystery and I'll be looking for more by this author.   

19 comments:

  1. This was a great read - and I love the cover, too!

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  2. Such a great cover. Oh, and the mystery that lies within. Awesome review!

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  3. The sounds super intriguing, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. This sounds really good! I'm super into that cover as well–and I have to say, that tagline certainly intrigues me!

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  5. This one intrigues me. I'm glad you thought it was a good read.

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  6. Okay, your description has me plenty intrigued. I love when everyone is not as it seems - and when a situation starts to devolve and unravel.

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  7. Parece un buen libro lo tendré en cuenta te mando un beso

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  8. I think we can all relate to choosing a book based on the cover. Sounds like this one has a wonderful mystery though so I am highly intrigued.

    Glad you had a good time with it.

    Great review.

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  9. This cover and the blurb are both so compelling so i can see why you reviewed this but I think the best thing for me is that the author kept you guessing as to who to believe — totally sold me on this!

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  10. I do love the sound of this one and that cover really draws me in! Will keep an eye out.

    Hope you are well, Greg!

    Elza Reads

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  11. Sounds delicious, I just requested it from my library!

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  12. I'm really intrigued. When I've thought about "running away" it's always been to drive somewhere, but never to sail somewhere, which is so much more isolating and adventurous.

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  13. I love the sound of this! Secrets and lies and lazy days in the sun? Great combo😁

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  14. I don't usually like stories like this, but it sounds great. I'm going to add it to Goodreads. 📘

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