The yacht of your dreams.
The journey of your nightmares…
When ex-marine Sarah French joins a luxury superyacht as on-board security, she’s excited to get her life – and career – back on track.
Surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters, it seems like the perfect place to start over. But it’s not long before things start to go wrong.
Tensions simmer amidst the crew. Vital equipment appears to be missing. And there’s a storm on the horizon.
Then they make a terrible discovery:
One of them is missing.
All of them are suspects.
And with a killer on the loose, even on a yacht this big, there’s nowhere to hide.
Thanks to Jen at Michael Joseph for reaching out and inviting me to be involved in this blog tour celebrating publication of A Stranger on Board, a gripping thriller set in the midst of the ocean on the most luxurious of vessels.
It should be the perfect job for Sarah French travelling across the Atlantic on a super yacht; immense and opulent, her role is security but this is only for insurance purposes, how hard can that be? Very soon however niggles appear, in the relationships between the crew and then things become more problematic. Issues with the boat mean really they should turn back but there is huge financial incentive to get this boat where it needs to be as soon as possible. The captain decides, despite some problems to power on. More problems and a storm create further issues and tensions rise, and then someone goes missing and everything takes a turn for the worse!
This was a gripping thriller, a locked room mystery – a skeleton crew on the boat, with a history together and their own motivations. Sarah has her own distractions – her incentive to take this job was to escape a past trauma, to move on but things heat up and she finds she is distracted, but not in the way she hoped.
This voyage turned into a nightmare, on this most glorious of settings, things should have been easy for Sarah but that is absolutely not the case. I enjoyed the way this story unfolded, a build up of tension as things went wrong, followed by the missing person by which time we had a sense of the characters and frankly most of them for a range of reasons were suspicious to me.
Sarah was a worthy hero and I liked the idea of a kick-ass female ex marine. For much of the book she was troubled and I did wonder if she missed a few cues early on, however when needed she certainly stepped up.
A real page turner, a recommended beach read with a decent but easy to follow plot, engaging, gripping and exciting, pack this in your suitcase folks… but maybe not if you are lucky enough to be boarding a super yacht!
About the Author
Cameron Ward had the good fortune to be born to a teacher and an editor in a house full of books. A philosophy graduate with a professional background in IT, he has worked in both publishing and the public sector. His previous published works, under the name Adam Southward, include the Kindle – bestselling Alex Madison series. He enjoys beach walks, paddleboarding and stealing superyachts.
This is a blogtour, so that means lots of people are going to be posting about A Stranger on Board. You can follow the tour by checking out the accounts below.