On a Cold Dark Sea
On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the Titanic sank into the icy depths. They were strangers then…Con artist Charlotte Digby lied her way through London and onto the Titanic. The disaster could be her chance at a new life—if she hides the truth about her past. Esme Harper, a wealthy American, mourns the end of a passionate affair and fears that everything beautiful is slipping from her grasp. And Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America, is tormented by the screams that ring out from the water. Is one of them calling her name?Twenty years later, a sudden death brings the three women back together, forcing them to face the impossible choices they made, the inconceivable loss, and the secrets they have kept for far too long.

On a Cold Dark Sea Details

TitleOn a Cold Dark Sea
Author
ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
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GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction

On a Cold Dark Sea Review

  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I really enjoyed all the different stories from all Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I really enjoyed all the different stories from all three women. It was interesting to learn about their backgrounds and how the tragedy affected and linked them forever. I enjoyed Elizabeth Blackwell's writing very much. I would easily read another book by her. Very enjoyable and entertaining.
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  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars. Review to follow.
  • Christine Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an interesting and varied take on the Titanic tragedy. It's split into many parts and three different narrators, which makes the focus on the time during and immediately after the sinking less repetitive and drawn out. It also catches up with the survivors 20 years later, reflecting on their experiences with dealing with the grief and guilt. I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were strong, and varied, and the varying socioeconomic This book was an interesting and varied take on the Titanic tragedy. It's split into many parts and three different narrators, which makes the focus on the time during and immediately after the sinking less repetitive and drawn out. It also catches up with the survivors 20 years later, reflecting on their experiences with dealing with the grief and guilt. I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were strong, and varied, and the varying socioeconomic circumstances made for a strong look at the whole picture of Titanic's survivors.Thanks to NetGalley, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Lake Union publishing for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    The first third or so of this book tells the captivating stories of three young women with very different backgrounds, and how they came to be on the Titanic that awful day in history when so many people lost their lives. This was my favorite part of the book. The middle is where we learn how their lives turned out in the aftermath of the sinking, by which time I was still enchanted with Anna, but growing tired of Charlotte. The last part of the book is where we learn through a flashback, what i The first third or so of this book tells the captivating stories of three young women with very different backgrounds, and how they came to be on the Titanic that awful day in history when so many people lost their lives. This was my favorite part of the book. The middle is where we learn how their lives turned out in the aftermath of the sinking, by which time I was still enchanted with Anna, but growing tired of Charlotte. The last part of the book is where we learn through a flashback, what it was like for them that harrowing night in the lifeboat. Although this is a work of historical fiction it felt quite realistic to me and in line with some of the true life accounts I have read concerning the way passengers were treated according to class and the lack of emergency training provided to the crew, along with the insufficient amount of lifeboats. I received an advance copy for review.
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  • Davida Chazan
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, this is yet another novel about the Titanic, but I request you not click away just yet. Instead, please read my latest review on my blog that answers the question: has Elizabeth Blackwell found an angle to this old story that sets her novel apart from all the rest, or has she, like so many before her who are transfixed with this story, fallen into the same mundane traps? Find out in my review of “On a Cold Dark Sea” on my blog, here. http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2018/03/...
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Omg i love love LOVE any stories that have to do with the titanic. This was a wonderful work of fiction based on 3 different womens perspectives, before and after the sinking of the titanic. I definitely recommend this book.Oh and i also recievedd this cooy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued by On a Cold Dark Sea. I liked it but at times, it was a little slow. 4 stars.
  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been fascinated by stories about the Titanic so I was excited to read On A Cold Dark Sea. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of three very different women. We learn a bit about each woman's past, her experience with the tragedy and in her life after. On A Cold Dark Sea was a captivating tale of survival and starting over. I have read other books by Elizabeth Blackwell and enjoyed them but she outdid herself with this book!
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  • Randee Green
    January 1, 1970
    ON A COLD DARK SEA was a very well written book, but at times I found myself wondering if there was an actual point to the novel. For me, it was just telling the story of three woman who were loosely connected, but there was no real overall point to the story. The novel centers around the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and, in particular, what happened in one of the lifeboats after the ship sank. The three main characters were all in Lifeboat #21, and their lives are all tied together because of so ON A COLD DARK SEA was a very well written book, but at times I found myself wondering if there was an actual point to the novel. For me, it was just telling the story of three woman who were loosely connected, but there was no real overall point to the story. The novel centers around the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and, in particular, what happened in one of the lifeboats after the ship sank. The three main characters were all in Lifeboat #21, and their lives are all tied together because of something that happened in the lifeboat between leaving the Titanic and getting picked up by the RMS Carpathia. The problem is that it takes until two-thirds of the way through the book until the reader finds out what happened in the lifeboat. By then, the event has been built up so much that the actual event seems anticlimactic and disappointing. Lifeboat #21 goes back to pull survivors out of the freezing ocean after the ship has gone down. They attempt to rescue a man they find floundering in the water, an argument ensues among the people in the lifeboat, and they ultimately fail to save the man – a man that most of them agree would have probably died anyway. This event haunts three of the women in the lifeboat.The three main characters of ON A COLD DARK SEA are all interesting, well-developed characters. Esme Harper is traveling in first class with her husband. They are returning from their honeymoon. Esme is a spoiled young woman who really thinks of no one but herself. It’s her affair with a man she met while in England that makes her interesting. As Esme’s lifeboat is being lowered towards the water, she pulls her lover, Charles, into the boat and saves his life. Charlotte Digby is traveling in second class, posing as a married woman. Meanwhile her “husband” is in the cabin next door with his male lover. Charlotte is a pick-pocket and a con artist. Despite her faults, Charlotte is a very likeable and relatable character. In my opinion, Charlotte was the more interesting character and was what kept me reading. The third passenger is Swedish immigrant, Anna Halversson. She is traveling in third class with two of her friends from home, and all three of them are looking forward to their new lives in America. Anna is plucked out of the water by the passengers in Lifeboat #21 before the Titanic sinks. The first part of ON A COL DARK SEA introduces the three main characters and tells their life story up until they board Lifeboat #21 and the Titanic sinks. The second part of the novel picks up twenty years later when Esme’s lover (now husband) Charlies dies. Charlie’s death forces all three women to confront what happened on the night the Titanic sank. Part two also fills in the readers on what happened to each of the characters over the past twenty years. The third part of the novel puts the three women in the lifeboat and shows us what happened that night. And the fourth part of the novel wraps up each of the three characters’ stories after they’ve confronted what happened that night in the lifeboat.While I was never quite sure of the point of the novel, it was an enjoyable, well-written read. I enjoyed Charlotte’s character immensely. I believe that Titanic aficionados will definitely enjoy reading ON A COLD DARK SEA.
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  • Sarah Carper
    January 1, 1970
    Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I enjoy reading stories (fiction and eyewitness accounts) of the Titanic story. This story was split in various sections (before the Titanic, after the Titanic, On the lifeboat, and the aftermath) and followed three main characters throughout (Anna, Esme, and Charlotte). The beginning of the book was good. I loved reading about eac Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I enjoy reading stories (fiction and eyewitness accounts) of the Titanic story. This story was split in various sections (before the Titanic, after the Titanic, On the lifeboat, and the aftermath) and followed three main characters throughout (Anna, Esme, and Charlotte). The beginning of the book was good. I loved reading about each of the women, and I felt that their characters were well developed. I like how the women were from all different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. This allowed for a well rounded look at the story from people of all different walks of life. While I enjoyed the development of these three women, I found that by the end of the story, everything was falling flat. There was such a build up for the main plot line of the book, and I personally felt the plot to be a letdown. It wasn't a strong enough conclusion to follow the writing from the beginning of the book. However, I did enjoy the author's writing and will happily read more of her books, if given the opportunity!
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  • Bambi Rathman
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several books with the Titanic as the setting and On a Cold Dark Sea is one I couldn't stop reading. The Titanic tragedy draws me and so I was eager to read this book. The story was so well written and I really liked the way it was told from the perspectives of the three main characters. The story was developed beginning with their separate lives before they found themselves on the Titanic, then on the Titanic and the sinking with them on a lifeboat, and then the afterward story of w I have read several books with the Titanic as the setting and On a Cold Dark Sea is one I couldn't stop reading. The Titanic tragedy draws me and so I was eager to read this book. The story was so well written and I really liked the way it was told from the perspectives of the three main characters. The story was developed beginning with their separate lives before they found themselves on the Titanic, then on the Titanic and the sinking with them on a lifeboat, and then the afterward story of what happened to them years later and how the tragedy made their lives different than they planned. The fate that put them all on the Titanic and how they became connected was traumatic. I felt the anguish, the horror, the shock, the loss as each character experienced the sinking. There were surprises in their stories I never expected at all. I felt the emotions of healing and putting their lives together as the story came to it conclusion. Elizabeth Blackwell did amazing writing this book and I would recommend it. TY!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Three women, three different lives, three separate stories which all merge on Lifeboat 21 of the Titanic. I found the introduction to each of the women the strongest and the best written portion of the book. Each of the three is well portrayed and their background stories held my interest. The section of the book dealing with the passage on the Titanic, its sinking, and how each woman came to be in the lifeboat was well told. The additional characters introduced at this point are all of “a type” Three women, three different lives, three separate stories which all merge on Lifeboat 21 of the Titanic. I found the introduction to each of the women the strongest and the best written portion of the book. Each of the three is well portrayed and their background stories held my interest. The section of the book dealing with the passage on the Titanic, its sinking, and how each woman came to be in the lifeboat was well told. The additional characters introduced at this point are all of “a type” and play their parts well. The decisions made by the survivors in Lifeboat 21 was heartrending but completely believable. The balance of the book was less cohesive. It was a mélange of each woman trying to come to terms with her choice and her life after that fateful night in the lifeboat. None are left unscathed. Each has suffered. Each has survived. The ending was uncertain. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    The sinking of the Titanic remains a subject of interest, even more than one hundred years later. The challenge for writers is to spin the tale in a new and interesting way, and Elizabeth Blackwell has done a fine job in that regard. The novel begins with three women passengers and their backgrounds, and then soon takes us to Lifeboat 21 and its various inhabitants and challenges. The question of taking on more passengers from the freezing water. The chain of command which is quickly put into pl The sinking of the Titanic remains a subject of interest, even more than one hundred years later. The challenge for writers is to spin the tale in a new and interesting way, and Elizabeth Blackwell has done a fine job in that regard. The novel begins with three women passengers and their backgrounds, and then soon takes us to Lifeboat 21 and its various inhabitants and challenges. The question of taking on more passengers from the freezing water. The chain of command which is quickly put into place. The water that seeps into the boat through a poorly placed plug. In the later pages, we are re-introduced to Anna, Charlotte and Esme twenty years later, and we see the effect of the Titanic's sinking which continues to haunt each of them. You may think you know the ending, but I urge you to read to the very last word to see the twists and turns of this remarkable story.I read this EARC courtesy of NetGalley and Lake Union. pub date 04/10/18
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  • Tiffany S
    January 1, 1970
    I am a sucker for historical fiction. Throw in exploring the time through multiple character's viewpoints and I am a happy woman. This book focused on three female characters that were from different socioeconomic standings as well as geographical homes.I really enjoyed how this book told the story of HOW the characters came to be on the Titanic and how being survivors from the Titanic followed them through their lives.Each character had their own story and their story was done well. They were a I am a sucker for historical fiction. Throw in exploring the time through multiple character's viewpoints and I am a happy woman. This book focused on three female characters that were from different socioeconomic standings as well as geographical homes.I really enjoyed how this book told the story of HOW the characters came to be on the Titanic and how being survivors from the Titanic followed them through their lives.Each character had their own story and their story was done well. They were all tied together well so you saw the overlap and understood how the actions of one character caused great impact on another. The stories unfold well so there is some suspense on how things are unfolding. I enjoyed this aspect a lot.This is definitely a solid good read. Thanks Netgalley for the ARC!!
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always been intrigued by the tragedy of the Titanic, and really enjoyed this novel that tells the fictional different stories of several different survivors, The characters themselves are all so different and interesting. I loved how all of their stories eventually connected and intermingled. The only thing that slightly disappointed me was the ending - to me, it didn’t feel like an ending. Overall though, this book is great! Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the copy!
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  • Noreen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always intrigued with stories about the Titanic. I've read In the Shadow of Lakecrest by the author and enjoy her writing style. I thought the author did a great job providing the reader a historic fictional account of 3 women who's lives were in different social classes all end up on the Titanic and eventually in the same life boat. I really enjoyed the stories of each woman prior to their journey to America and also after they were rescued. I look forward to reading more by this author. I I'm always intrigued with stories about the Titanic. I've read In the Shadow of Lakecrest by the author and enjoy her writing style. I thought the author did a great job providing the reader a historic fictional account of 3 women who's lives were in different social classes all end up on the Titanic and eventually in the same life boat. I really enjoyed the stories of each woman prior to their journey to America and also after they were rescued. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received an ARC from NetGalley. This review is in my own words.
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  • Sherry Chiger
    January 1, 1970
    A very happy surprise. I'll admit that when I noticed Lake Union was the publisher, I had second thoughts about reading this; every book from the company that I'd read previously felt amateurish and shallow. But "On a Cold Dark Sea" was tightly plotted and written, with three-dimensional characters and plausible but unexpected twists and turns. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing.
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  • Christie Sitterly
    January 1, 1970
    I’m fascinated with stories that center around the sinking of the Titanic. On A Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell is a well written book chronicling the stories of three fictional women who escaped a watery death that night.This is a fast paced read and perhaps that is why I did not connect with the characters as well as I would’ve liked. However, I was still entertained by the story and would recommend it to others who have a similar interest in stories about the Titanic.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    On a Cold Dark Sea is historical fiction at its best. Ms. Blackwell took a subject that has been widely written about and created a book that is fresh, entertaining, and incredibly interesting. On a Cold Dark Sea would make a great literature companion in a high school history class. I can also see it used successfully in an ethics class or as a book discussion selection.Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for the ARC I received through NetGalley.
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  • Tiffany Coffman
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. This is the first time I've read a fictional story of the Titanic. This story follows the lives of 3 women who survived the sinking and managed to go on with their lives. Overall this was an enjoyable read and the storyline easy to follow.I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    You may be thinking another Titanic story, but pick up On A Cold Dark Sea, it is a different take on a Titanic story. I liked that it followed three women who told their story of their lives, before, during, and after the sinking of the Titanic. A very good read!!Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been fascinated by stories of the Titanic. This one is well written and a quick read. I was let down by the ending, I felt like it could have been wrapped up better.. I wasn't sure of the significance of the other peoples stories from the lifeboat? Anyway.. The details and characterization make up for it.
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  • Kathryn Garner
    January 1, 1970
    Well written,good description of the titanic tragedy. Unusual to have leading female characters who are a bit bad.She was very likeable tho.
  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow!
  • Louetta Waters
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing bad about this book was, I couldn't put it down to get anything done!!! I loved it! The ending was a bit abrupt and choppy but the writing was well done and the story line fantastic! It was a different take on the sinking of the Titanic, focussing less in the main ship sinking, and more on the rescue of 3 main characters. It covers their lives before and after the tragedy and how it affected them. Very well done!
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    I liked how the book started out as we got background on the three main characters- Charlotte, Esme, and Anna - who ultimately end up in a lifeboat together when the Titanic begins to sink. Throughout the book, the various chapters alternated between the three women, giving an idea of how events unfolded from their perspective. We got to read about how the women's lives turned out after the tragedy and the events that unfolded that lead them to one another again. Given how the women were before I liked how the book started out as we got background on the three main characters- Charlotte, Esme, and Anna - who ultimately end up in a lifeboat together when the Titanic begins to sink. Throughout the book, the various chapters alternated between the three women, giving an idea of how events unfolded from their perspective. We got to read about how the women's lives turned out after the tragedy and the events that unfolded that lead them to one another again. Given how the women were before the Titanic, some of their lives turned out quite different than might have been expected. I enjoyed Anna the most as she was the most honest of the three. I received an ARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley - my opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a spin on a familiar story. What happened on one of the lifeboats as they watched the Titanic sink? The story was told from the point of view of three different women who all shared the same lifeboat. The book sets up the story with some unanswered questions, and I liked how the author shared some of the answers throughout the book, instead of stringing the reader along until the very end, only wrapping up all the missing pieces in the last few pages. It gave the book a nice flow and th This was a spin on a familiar story. What happened on one of the lifeboats as they watched the Titanic sink? The story was told from the point of view of three different women who all shared the same lifeboat. The book sets up the story with some unanswered questions, and I liked how the author shared some of the answers throughout the book, instead of stringing the reader along until the very end, only wrapping up all the missing pieces in the last few pages. It gave the book a nice flow and the characters were set up well to where you got to know quite a bit about them.
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