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July 16, 2013

Review: Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd

Lifeboat by A. B. Shepherd is not really like anything I've ever read. It was different - and I know that most people automatically think bad when they hear that, but that's far from the truth. It truly is a different kind of story.

Cass is just going through the motions of life after her husband and child are killed in a car accident. Then one night she experiences something that brings her back to life a bit. During a sleepless night she sees strange lights in the sky. Given her lifeless state, this strong interest in discovering what it is would make any believe she has finally lost it. And perhaps she has, or maybe she is finding life again with a team of UFO researchers.

For me Lifeboat was a different read. First, I don't think I've ever read a book that involved UFOs and alien life (oh, there was an online story that I read once that featured alien life). A second thing that made the story different is it is set in Australia and it does not use American English - I thought I should point this out so readers that expect all English books to be written in American English will be prepared. I've read a few British English novels and had wished an Irish based book had not been Americanized. So while I did struggle with a couple of slang references, it helped develop the setting of the story.

I'm not sure what it was about the story that hooked me, but at about 25% I just had to know what was going on. Actually, that might be what was the strong draw - trying to figure out what was going on. Not that the story isn't clear, but you know that there is something going on under the surface. And the ending... Oh My.... jaw dropping. While it felt kind of like it came out of nowhere when you first get to it, looking back it explains the feeling I kept getting that something wasn't quite right.

Looking for something a little different? Try A. B.Shepherd's debut novel Lifeboat. Not convinced? Check out the excerpt Girl Who Reads featured.

Buy Lifeboat at Amazon

Book info: ebook & paperback, published April 2013
ISBN13: 9781301239771
Source: author
Read: June 2013

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  1. Loved your review Donna! I will put the book on my wishlist, but I'm not buying it just yet. I have a stack to read and review to last me at least through October.
    Don't you just love to read!

  2. Donna that you so much for hosting this review on your blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

    And Lucy, please do put it on your wishlist. I hope one day you'll read it too. :)