Across the Void by S.K. Vaughn
Publication Date: June 11th 2019
Blurb: Commander Maryann “May” Knox awakes from a medically induced coma alone, adrift in space on a rapidly failing ship, with little to no memory of who she is or why she’s there.
Slowly, she pieces together that she’s the captain of the ship, Hawking II; that she was bound for Europa—one of Jupiter’s moons—on a research mission; and that she’s the only survivor of either an accident—or worse, a deliberate massacre—that has decimated her entire crew. With resources running low, and her physical strength severely compromised, May must rely on someone back home to help her. The problem is: everyone thinks she’s dead.
Back on Earth, it’s been weeks since Hawking II has communicated with NASA, and Dr. Stephen Knox is on bereavement leave to deal with the apparent death of his estranged wife, whose decision to participate in the Europa mission strained their marriage past the point of no return. But when he gets word that NASA has received a transmission from May, Stephen comes rushing to her aid.
What he doesn’t know is that not everyone wants May to make it back alive. Even more terrifying: she might not be alone on that ship. Featuring a twisting and suspenseful plot and compelling characters, Across the Void is a moving and evocative thriller that you won’t be able to put down.
For a book that is supposed to be, in part, a gripping and thrilling mystery and high-stakes story – it was decidedly not in any way gripping. By page 50 it felt like I’d read 400 pages and not in a ‘there’s so much depth’ here way, a ‘oh god I’ve literally only read 50 pages can it be over’ way.
I also don’t see how we are supposed to be invested in the romance when they met, married and divorced all with in a year before the mission. And their meeting involved her running into him with her car and criticising his dress sense before even thinking to check he’s ok.
Maybe you’ll enjoy it so if you’ve had an eye on it still decide for yourself but I didn’t enjoy it and could feel the grey hairs coming on it was that slow.
The two stars are for the cover and tagline which I liked (the arc cover more so) and that I can’t say it was truly awful or the worst book I’ve ever read, just slow.