The night before Tess is to board the Titanic with the family that employs her, she finds herself chased down the darkening streets by a wolf before being rescued by a handsome stranger. With the frightening scene that played out still fresh in her mind, Tess is startled to find that the stranger who had saved her the night before is also an upper-class passenger on the ship, destined for America. Their undeniable draw to each other finds Tess mixed up in a blood-thirsty game aboard the ill-fated ship.
I often enjoy fictional tales that have a basis in historical fact, and the stories that have to do with the Titanic often catch my interest. Fateful certainly takes the cake with being the most imaginative premise I’ve read. It’s definitely an interesting paranormal take to what usually would be a historical fiction drama.
While I enjoyed the idea of the book, I wasn’t too invested in any of the characters. Within the first 30 pages or so, every encounter that Tess had with the mysterious strangers was that of confusion whether she should feel threatened or not. Those exact emotions were constantly used to describe how she was feeling that I had felt she didn’t know how else to be. There were also a lot of aspects that made me feel like it was pulling it right from the 1997 movie. I’m sure there were many accurate details to what it would have been like at the time but the mixed-class romances, 3rd class dancing, even Tess’ “rose-coloured dress with black lace over top” reminded me of Rose’s red & black gown. There also seemed to be a consistently strange message throughout the story about young girls losing their virginity. It just felt overall that the characters lacked depth and all were going through similar scenarios.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a unique take on possibly one of the most well known disasters to have occurred in the last century or so, this is definitely it. Even though we all know the outcome of the Titanic story, Fateful succeeds in keeping the readers guessing on how Tess and her companions come out of this tragedy.