Synopsis:The Evangeline, the finest ship of her kind, built to sail anywhere in the world, sinks in a ferocious storm off the coast of Africa. A single lifeboat with fourteen people crowded into it gets away. Forty days later, a thousand miles from South America, six survivors are rescued from the sea. One of them, the captain Vincent Marlowe, is charged with murder. His only defence is that it was necessary to kill some to save the others.
Comments: I don’t normally go for courtroom dramas, but this was definitely an exception. Written in an easy to read style, this book was nonetheless gripping from beginning to end. It is easy to make a moral judgement in the beginning. One either thinks Marlowe did the right thing – the only thing he could have done in the circumstances – or that he did the wrong thing, committing murder. However, as we read further, progressing through the court case, more and more details emerge and the line between right and wrong becomes blurred. In the end we are left with the question of what we would have done in the same circumstances. I highly recommend this book.