As Peter Carlyle waves his wife, children and brother-in-law off on a sailing holiday, all they have in mind is lying back and relaxing.
But as a violent storm breaks out, an explosion causes the boat to vanish without a trace and the family are lost, presumed dead.
Until now. When a message in a bottle is washed up on a shore, it becomes apparent that there must have been at least one survivor.
Peter is a broken man, he appears to struggle to contain his grief as he holds a heartfelt TV interview about his loss.
But all is not as it seems, beneath the grief lies a more sinister side, Peter is involved with a beautiful - and dangerous - younger woman and it soon transpires that he knows more about his family's disappearance than he is letting on.
He seeks to find whatever remains of his family, but is he really looking for a happy reunion? And could it be that it isn't just Peter who is hot on the Dunne family's trail?
The race is on to rescue any survivors and discover what happened aboard the luxury yacht.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/06/2008
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781846571251
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Review by bsquaredinoz
It’s been a while since I read a James Patterson book and even longer since I read one of his co-written adventures. I have to say they haven’t improved in my absence. <br/> <br/>In this outing a dysfunctional family tries a last-ditch ‘save our family' bonding session on a sailing boat but things don’t go to plan. Shock horror. <br/><br/>The characters are universally one-dimensional and generally unbelievable. Evil lawyers, perfect mothers and cute-but-precious ten-year olds included. The writing is scattered with all sorts of pop culture references that will date the book terribly in a year or two and which are so clumsily inserted that it seems as if the authors are trying too hard to fit in with the cool kids rather than write a book for adults. In addition there are loads of unnecessary details such as ‘...he answered his Motorola 1000’ as if knowing what kind of phone the philandering lawyer uses somehow adds to the story rather than the word count. But the most annoying feature of this book is the predictability of the storyline. There are few surprises to be found among the clichés and it reads like one of the formulaic film scripts Hollywood is so enamoured with these days. There are multiple ‘in the nick of time’ rescues, ageing blokes having sex with gorgeous young women and all the good guys have Oprah-like moments of realising what’s really important in life. Ho hum. <br/><br/>If allowed I'd give this a 1.5 but can't bring myself to go all the way to 2 :)<br/>