disclaimer – i received an e-galley of this book from hydra in return for an honest review.
the most terrifying movie i’ve ever watched was open water. the whole idea of being stranded in the middle of the ocean, knowing there is nothing you can do to save yourself. i was curled in a ball through the whole movie and had nightmares about it all night. literally. ALL night.
that’s important back story so that you’ll understand my reaction to close reach. kelly and dean are sailing in the antarctic, trying to repair their marriage, when they hear a terrified scream over the vhf. it saw us and it’s coming back! what follows is a cat and mouse game between them and an unknown vessel carrying an unknown threat pursuing an unknown goal.
i really don’t like water; even bathtubs give me the shakes. reading jonathan moore‘s descriptions of the storm, the icy water, the growing terror kelly experiences realizing that the storm they’re sailing through is working against them made this an experience rather than just sitting and reading a book. i was actually biting my nails through the taut descriptions of the waves and the chase. moore is relatively understated about what the crew of the pursuing vessel does to their captives and that adds a further dimension of fear to the story. i’d like to say i enjoyed this story but honestly it scared the hell out of me and i’m going to try very hard to forget about it… i don’t think it’s going to be that easy, though.
four out of five stars