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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Jul 28, 2020

Just about everyone knows the tragic story of the Titanic, which sunk in 1912 after an ill-fated meeting with an iceberg, but fewer know about the Titanic’s sister ship, The Britannic, which was built to be “stronger” and “safer” after the Titanic’s sinking. That didn’t stop it’s tragic end in 1916, however, when it sank after an explosion caused by a naval mine. In her novel The Deep, author Alma Katsu weaves a tale, which begins on the Titanic and ends four years later on the Britannic. The story follows a young woman, Annie Hebbley, who takes a job as a stewardess on the Titanic, where she is entranced by the lives of the wealthy men and women she is there to serve. One man, Mark Fletcher, grabs her attention--and she inserts herself into his life (and that of his mysterious new wife and young infant daughter). Following the sinking of the ship, Annie later finds a wounded Mark on the Britannic, where she has taken a job as a nurse on the ocean liner-turned-WWI hospital ship. It could be a fateful meeting of potential lovers--or something far worse. Secrets are everywhere--so too are potential ghosts and curses. 

Recommended in this episode:  Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Claudia Kishi Club

Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini.