Saturday, October 2, 2021

Liner by Chris Coppel - Book Tour & Review

Book information : Liner by Chris Coppel

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·        Release date: 28/07/2021 – Matador

·        Genre:  Horror suspense

·        Print length: 256 pages

·        Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16+

·        Trigger warnings: No

·        Amazon Rating: 4.5


About Liner

David Easton believed his life was in complete ruins. He managed to scrape together just enough money for a one-way ticket on the fabulous Oceanis. It was the most luxurious liner afloat and he planned to revel in all its opulent pleasures until in the middle of the Atlantic crossing – he would leap from the fantail, thus ending his pain and misery. The problem was that he never dreamt that while counting down the hours until his death, he would meet Diana.

Despite her traveling with her overly protective parents who hoped to introduce her to a suitable husband while onboard, they managed to find each other. As their affections grew, strange things began happening on the ship. At first, it was just mental images and dreams, but as the days passed their very reality began to bend beyond anything their minds could have imagined.

Together they had to find out what was happening to the Oceanis and how they could find a way to save the great liner and all those aboard her.

My Review
Liner is a fascinating horror novel set on an ocean liner named Oceanis. It's 1962, and Oceanis is off on an Atlantic crossing. Aboard the ship is a man named David Easton. David's life kinda sucks right now. Or so he thinks. He's lost his wife, his job, and his kids. What's a man to do? David decides ending his life out in the middle of the ocean is the way to go. He's got it all planned out, and he's ready to die.
Enter Diana Olsen. Diana draws David to her like a moth to a flame, and the two hit it off, even though Diana's mother has bigger hopes and dreams for her (at least in terms of a husband). Diana keeps David from ending it all, but that's now the least of their worries.
Something strange is going on. People are disappearing. The ship isn't moving. And there's a weird fog all around them. Can David and Diana figure it all out before it's too late?
I really enjoyed this novel. It's definitely interesting, and even though I had a feeling I knew what was going on, it played out in a way that was both entertaining and kind of sad. 
There's no real "blood and guts" horror, but there are some scenes that are a bit disturbing and occasionally disgusting. Definitely creative. 
This one reminded me a bit of the movie Ghost Ship, but not quite the same.
If you're a fan of creepy happenings aboard ships, then Liner is the story for you.
4 stars!

About the Author

Chris Coppel was born in California and has since split his time between the USA and Europe, living in California, Spain, France, Switzerland and England. Chris taught advanced screenwriting at the UCLA film school and has been writing for over thirty years. As well as h this upcoming title, he is the author of Far From Burden Dell, Luck, The Lodge and Legacy.

He writes: “Hi Readers,

I was raised the son of a writer. My father wrote plays, films and novels. He was successful and suffered constant wanderlust. I was born in America when he was there writing Vertigo for Alfred Hitchcock.

I give that familial insight so that you can understand that I had the genes, I just needed to find my footing and get up the nerve to put pen to paper (or to be more accurate…open my laptop). Many would say that having a successful parent should make it easier to follow their path under the protective shadow of their parent’s success. Not so!

Writing is difficult. Writing in the hopes that you will be read and your works appreciated is terrifying. In my case, the fear of failure kept my ideas and stories buried in a back closet within my brain.

It is only now as I enter the latter part of my existence that I have been able to calm the fear and share my stories with those who may wish to read them.

I would like to think that it was my choice to write about things that go bump in the night, but it wasn’t. I had no idea that I would one day write tales of horror, but that is now what I do. With each new book, I feel drawn further into the dark void that we feel but rarely see.

I hope you will join me.”

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