Review: Deep Green by Trisha Haddad

Deep Green by Trisha Haddad

Leah Taylor prefers the quiet adventure and romance of books, but during a cruise with her parents, a terrorist attack leaves her adrift in a lifeboat with strangers.

University student Blue McCree impresses her immediately with his knowledge of literature and philosophy, but equally thrilling is strong, dark Musir. While Musir is slow to speak, translating his thoughts from Arabic to English, his chivalry and wisdom capture Leah’s curiosity.

Together they face danger after danger as they fight for survival. Leah also struggles with the growing attention from the men she’s stranded with, and her mixed emotions toward them.

When Leah learns the dark secrets her fellow survivors hold, the truth will blow apart any semblance of civility and test Leah’s preconceived notions of just how far dedication can go before it crosses over into fanaticism.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review is linked up at the COYER Challenge.

As Leah is arriving at the Captain’s Dinner on her cruise ship, she notices fear on the face of Musir, the quiet Middle Eastern teenager she’s been noticing on the ship. She finds someone to translate his Arabic to English, but it’s too late. Minutes later, gunfire breaks out inside the dining room. In a panic, Musir, Blue the translator, and Leah jump overboard, landing in a lifeboat. While Leah’s unconscious, they’re joined by another man and a badly injured woman, and the group paddles away from the cruise ship.

By the time Leah woke up, the group was alone, adrift in the ocean in only the small lifeboat. I was on the edge of my seat as they faced worries of sunburn, a lack of food and fresh water, and disagreement over the decision of whether to continue paddling in hopes of reaching land or staying (relatively) put where they were in the middle of the ocean, with the possibility of rescue. There was also growing concern over the unconscious woman’s fate. Eventually finding land, they were able to solve some of their problems: food, water, and shelter.

Musir knew English but wasn’t confident enough in his proficiency to speak it at first, so it was harder for Leah to get to know him than Blue or even Kent, the third man. Although I liked him at first, I quickly found Blue and his discussion of philosophy and literature to be too pretentious to bother with, and it made me happy to read of Leah’s growing frustration with him too. She was flattered by his attention at first, but soon realized he was talking AT her instead of with her.

The best parts of the book took place on the island, when the group could split up and go in search of food and water instead of all being stuck together on the boat. They were there for quite a long time — over a month — before circumstances forced them to admit that rescue might not come unless they took action themselves, and that they likely wouldn’t all survive. It was easy for me to see how they might be lulled into complacency up until that point. Living on the island was easier than going out in search of help when they had no idea where they were or where to find inhabited land.

Deep Green is a short book with an interesting and unusual story. With all the stories in the news about troubles on cruise ships over the past few years, I could imagine something like this happening. I just wish Deep Green was a little longer. There are a few more things I would have liked to read about: Leah’s reunion with her family and a more thorough explanation of what happened to the other survivors from the island.

4 stars



  1. Karen Isadora says:

    Being stranded on an island with cute boys sounds kind of fun! lol jk, but this book sounds fun and adventurous and I’m gunna check it out. Thx!


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