Review: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

dd_tmw

 

I’ve been interested in the Titanic for longer than I can remember. History is full of tragic stories, but the sinking of the Titanic is a particularly poignant one. Over 1500 men, women, and children were lost the night the ship hailed as being”unsinkable” struck an iceberg and sank. Of the passengers, the greatest loss of life was among the Third Class—76% of whom perished. 76% of the crew—including the Captain, Chief Officer, and First Officer—were lost, as well. Near enough to see the Titanic’s eight distress rockets was the Californian, commanded by Captain Stanley Lord, who could have come to their aid—but did not. Why did the Captain not issue the order to go, despite the darkness of the night sky, despite the ice field his own ship was surrounded by, and at least attempt to offer help? What really happened that night, and why?

These are the questions The Midnight Watch contemplates so beautifully, offering up a scenario of what might have happened that fateful night on the Californian. The story is told from three perspectives:

  • Certain members of the Californian’s crew
  • John Steadman—a journalist trying to discover the truth of the Californian’s inaction, and what members of its crew knew about it
  • A Third Class family who died when the Titanic sank

Each viewpoint was compelling in its own way. Steadman’s frustration at being thwarted when he attempts to speak to anyone on the crew other than the Captain, as well as personal issues regarding his family and the pressure he’s under from the newspaper he works for to write about the tragedy is vividly written. Herbert Stone of the Californian is incredibly conflicted between his need to do what’s right, and his desire to have his Captain’s respect. The eleven members of the Sage family are on the Titanic, traveling to start a new life in Florida. Told through the eyes of nineteen year old Stella, we see what she and her family experienced after the Titanic begins to sink.

The Midnight Watch is one of the best novels about the Titanic I’ve ever read, and it’s the only book I’ve read (so far) that deals with the Californian’s part of the story, as well. It also re-ignited my curiosity about all things having to do with the Titanic. That’s why it’s taken me a bit longer than usual to write my review—I didn’t get started right away because I’ve been looking at Titanic websites. In my world, having read something that makes me want to gain more knowledge about a person, place, or event makes a book  even better… and to have all this in a debut novel makes it absolutely phenomenal.

This is a fantastic read for Titanic history buffs… definitely a Book Worth Reading!

I won an advance copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways and St. Martin’s Press.

Author: David Dyer

Title: The Midnight Watch

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: April 5, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press  

Rating: ★★★★★ – BOOK WORTH READING

goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

Advertisements

Comments are closed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Bound to Be Me

Mother, Runner & Book Reviewer

The Writer's Notebook

Sue Featherstone

Bits about Books

Book Reviews | Blogging | Blog Tours | Social Media Advice for Authors

Thebooknookae

Bookstagram & Twitter: @thebooknookae

Alysha Kaye

A writer trying to teach becomes a teacher trying to write

FNM

100 Books and Reviews for 2017

Random Things Through My Letterbox

❤ Books. Reviews. Geekery. ❤

Sunkissed Scribbles

Books and Body Slams!

Neha Kundapur

Journey of a creative soul

All About Reviews

My personal thoughts about products I tried.

Stewartry

Book reviews and general nonsense

Stephanie's Novel Fiction

Sharing my life through my love of reading and the joys of books!

The Stacked Shelf

All things to do with books.

Mrs Bloggs' Books

The Average Reader

The Villain Library

Your every day Villain with a passion for books

Linda's Book Obsession:

Book Reviewer and Lover of Books

Katina's Closet

Your One Stop Shopping E-Boutique

Naty's Bookshelf

Why socialize when you can read?

The Paperback Princess

So many books, so little time..a bibliophile's thoughts on all bookish things. Sometimes I even like to talk about food & television.

Chellsandbooks

Reviews Interviews giveaways

The Mystique Reader

Lost in the love of words, books and colors

Jessica loves to read

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads only lives one." - George R.R. Martin

Over The Rainbow Book Blog

Book reviews and ramblings from a book mad mum of two!

scarlettseleva

❤ Books. Reviews. Geekery. ❤

Catherine Chicotka

A beauty, fashion, and travel lifestyle blog

Insidethelifeofmoi

An eccentric blogger with a pen and a thousand ideas

FictionFan's Book Reviews

Reviews of books...and occasional other stuff.

Flippin' Pages

Reviews from ladies who love to read

black books blog

Welcome to black books blog

Viviaggia.com

Send us your trip's photos

Books n All

#booksnall

The Pioneer Girl Project

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl

Renée Précis

"It is not about how many words you can read per minute but rather how many new ideas you are left with after you have finished reading." -Katy Huller

Hobby Reads

Because everyone's hobby is having fun! Visit us @ www.kensingtonbooks.com

This Is My Truth Now

Fiction, Books, TV, Trips & Reviews... and introducing the 365 Daily Challenge!

Bookish Endeavors

Reading and dreaming

LittleMissNoSleep Daydreams of Books

Insomniac Seeks Good Books for Night-time Adventures

Jenny in Neverland

"If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all".

%d bloggers like this: