The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
adult fiction, mature
2/5 - nothing special
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, 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?
It could have been better. Going into the details of the boat and everything that happened would have been good. Instead we only got a glimpse into their survival and focused on the murder.
A little detail on the other people rescued would have been nice. We only got names here and there, there was zero character development for anyone.
As for Grace, the main character, I hated her. I don't know if we were supposed to hate her or not; maybe, like the jury, we were supposed to make up our own minds. Grace was a mean, manipulative, cruel person. She murdered a man without question because someone else wanted her to. She manipulated her husband, the other survivors, her doctors, her lawyers, and the court to make them believe that she was a good, decent person. She deserved to be found guilty.