On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell

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 ...

Details On a Cold Dark Sea

TitleOn a Cold Dark Sea
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews On a Cold Dark Sea

  • Tina
    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...
  • Christine Roberts
    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 ...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    4 Stars. Review to follow.
  • Irene
    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 ...
  • Davida Chazan
    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. htt...
  • Taylor
    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
  • Amy
    I was intrigued by On a Cold Dark Sea. I liked it but at times, it was a little slow. 4 stars.
  • Tammy
    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 bo...
  • Randee Green
    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, a...
  • Sarah Carper
    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 beginni...
  • Bambi Rathman
    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 the...
  • Kim
    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 chara...
  • Lynn
    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....
  • Tiffany S
    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 ow...
  • Jaime
    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...
  • Noreen
    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....
  • Sherry Chiger
    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...
  • Janice
    On A Cold Dark Sea is a well written novel chronicling the lives of three young women and how the tragedy of the Titanic intertwined their lives together forever. Elizabeth Blackwell has written a fast paced, sometimes choppy, yet well thought out story line. She did an excellent job making the reader feel connected to the characters lives and their emotions that fateful night. I would recommend this novel to those with a love for historical fict...
  • Christie Sitterly
    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 inte...
  • Judy
    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.
  • Tiffany Coffman
    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.
  • Barbara
    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.
  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    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.
  • Kathryn Garner
    Well written,good description of the titanic tragedy. Unusual to have leading female characters who are a bit bad.She was very likeable tho.
  • Louetta Waters
    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!
  • Jodie
    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 o...