Day Four (Mass Market)

A Novel

By Sarah Lotz

Little, Brown and Company, 9780316242950, 416pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/15/2015)
CD-Audio (6/16/2015)
Hardcover (6/16/2015)
Compact Disc (11/24/2017)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (6/16/2015)

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Step aboard "the cruise ship from hell" (Stephen King) in this "satirical scream of a novel" (New York Times Book Review).

Hundreds of pleasure-seekers board The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for relaxation and fun in the Caribbean. For three sun-filled days, the journey seems to deliver all that the brochure promised. Until Day Four.
Without warning, the ship stops dead. Electricity and communications are cut off. Smoke pours out of the engine room. The passengers and crew have no way to call for help and are stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. At first, all aboard are certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait. Supplies soon run low, the toilets stop working and a virus plagues the ship, but when the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin, irritation escalates to panic. There's a murderer on board The Beautiful Dreamer...and maybe something worse.

About the Author

Sarah Lotz is a novelist and screenwriter with a fondness for the macabre. She is the author of The Three, and lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.

Praise For Day Four: A Novel


"Lotz is a ferociously imaginative storyteller whose twisty plots will kick the stairs out from under you. She's a talent to watch."—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

"The Three is really wonderful, a mix of Michael Crichton and Shirley Jackson. Hard to put down and vastly entertaining."—Stephen King


"Really good...It's the cruise ship from hell."
Stephen King

A "satirical scream...If this tub ever makes it back to Miami, sign me up for the next cruise."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"An intriguing take on the classic 'locked room' mystery."—Kirkus Reviews

"The confined space of the cruise ship is the perfect setting for Lotz's suspenseful style. Once things start to go wrong, Day Four is a page-turner and fun for readers with easy access to the plumbing, fresh food, hand sanitizers and sanity that Lotz's characters lack while the creepiness builds."—Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press

An "eerie tale...You'll turn the pages curiously, hungry for clues, until the ending...kicks you in the stomach. Take it to the beach--but maybe not on a cruise."—Isabella Biedenham, Entertainment Weekly

"Day Four may be the summer beach read from hell, but it's a fun one...What the novel does provide from the jump is a sense of foreboding so thick you could cut it with a knife."—Joe Hartlaub, Book Reporter

"Lotz does such a graphic job of mixing a formidable cast in stories of ghastly shipboard intrigue that anybody reading the novel will never dare to board a vessel larger than a canoe."—Jack Batten, Toronto Star