2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · historical fiction

Book Broadcast: A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About A Dangerous Crossing:a dangerous crossing small

England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends.

But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go …

Australia, six weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs.

What has she done?

I have the second book written by Rachel Rhys (pen name for Tamar Cohen, a bestselling thriller novelist) on my shelf for a new release book review, so I decided it would be beneficial to read her first novel, A Dangerous Crossing. Firstly, it is interesting to note that Rhys was inspired to write A Dangerous Crossing, when she came across a diary written by a young woman going into service. This fascinating real life figure found herself on board a cruise liner bound for Australia, from Britain, in the 1930’s. The axis of A Dangerous Crossing is centered on the reasons for the exodus of the people on board the liner and a murder that takes place on a luxury liner. The events take place in 1939, only moments shy of the outbreak of World War II.  With my zest for historical fiction novels, the promise of an Agatha Christie style mystery and references to Fremantle, a local port close to my heart, I was approached my reading of A Dangerous Crossing with zeal. I was rewarded with a great historical mystery tale, all set to a commanding backdrop on the high seas. The writing is eloquent, intricately plotted and period specific. There is an intensity to the plot, which is exacerbated by the claustrophobic nature of the setting. I loved the subtle touch of romance, the glamour, innuendo, danger and the explosive secrets that lurk around every corner of this high seas journey.  A Dangerous Crossing is a seductive page turner and I recommend it to readers that appreciate historical fiction novels coated in a good smattering of mystery.

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys was published on 3rd April 2017 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

9 thoughts on “Book Broadcast: A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

    1. I do like these short reviews and I’m glad they are working for you, giving you a little taster of a book that may whet your appetite! I enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to reading this author’s second, out tomorrow.

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