Looking for a read for your book club with gobs of atmosphere and page-turning psychological suspense, yet enough meat to discuss and debate? Look no further than Alma Katsu‘s The Deep (Putnam). This latest novel by the author of The Hunger is a spine-tingling tale set among the historical events of the sinking of the Titanic and its ill-fated sister ship, the Britannic. Katsu’s meticulous historical research and vivid imagination braid together into a chilling paranormal story that blurs the lines between fact and fiction while exploring the deep divides that existed between social classes at the turn of the 20th century. Read on to learn more!


Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic in Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister — almost otherwordly — afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past — as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.

Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.

Through our partnership with Penguin Publishing Group, BookTrib is offering the book club guide for The Deep, including suggested discussion questions, an interview with the author, voyage maps and details on the real-life people behind some of the novel’s characters.

Download the book club guide here. For more on The Deep and information on where to purchase, visit the Penguin Random House website.

About Alma Katsu:

Alma Katsu is also the author of The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist, and the gothic historical trilogy of the novels The TakerThe Reckoning and The Descent. Her work has been nominated for awards that include a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel and a Goodreads Readers Choice award. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Prior to the publication of her first novel, Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies. Katsu lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu.