08 November 2023

Dangerous Crossing

By Rachel Rhys


In 1939 Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner at Tilbury Docks in Essex to begin a new life in domestic service in Australia. It's a journey that will take several weeks. Her fellow passengers are an eclectic mix of nationalities and social classes. Although Lily quickly makes new friends, there's a constant feeling that something's off-kilter but she can't put her finger on it. 

The cruise liner makes a number of stops at various destinations during the voyage and Lily is able to experience new cultures and countries. However, with the world on the cusp of war, tensions mount and Lily finds herself trapped. With hidden secrets rising to the surface, the cruise liner is about to become a very dangerous place to be. 

Dangerous Crossing is a beautifully written novel. The author has done a terrific job creating an atmospheric and incredibly authentic setting. I was transported to an era and way of life that no longer exists. It really was a joy to be immersed in that time and place. That being said, I felt the pacing suffered due to countless interactions between all the characters. Furthermore, at times it became too much like a travelogue. It's a book that trundles rather than hurries but I really enjoyed it.          


  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Author: Rachel Rhys
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, War & Military


England, September 1939.

Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go ...

Australia, six-weeks later.

The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs.

What has she done?

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