Wednesday, 9 May 2012
The Memory of Eva Ryker
Author: Donald A. Stanwood
Year of publication: 1978, Corgi edition 1979
Back cover blurb: 'APRIL 14, 1912 The TITANIC sinks after it strikes an iceberg. Among the survivors are young honeymoon couple, Jason & Lisa Eddington...
NOVEMBER, 1941 The Kleins, a middle-aged couple holidaying in Hawaii, are brutally murdered in one of the most sensational unsolved crimes of the decade...
SEPTEMBER, 1962 As a multi-million dollar salvage operation explores the wreck of the TITANIC, an elderly couple scheme to lay their hands on a fabulous treasure they know will be found in the rusting hulk...
THREE UNRELATED STORIES? OR ONE SINISTER TALE OF GREED AND TREACHERY THAT SPANS MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS?
One woman - Eva Ryker - has the answer. The only witness to events so horrifying, so painful, that she has spent a lifetime erasing them from her memory.
One man - Norman Hall - is determined she WILL remember. Who'll stop at nothing to uncover the monstrously evil plot that has already taken seven lives and threatens to claim yet more.
THE MEMORY OF EVA RYKER
A NON STOP THRILLER THAT WILL GRIP THE READER UNTIL THE FINAL, SHOCKING PAGE'
Quick flick reveals: Fantastically high-concept Titanic-themed thriller that sadly escaped being revived for the Centenary celebrations of all those people dying. Was made into a TV move starring Natalie Wood. I refuse to draw attention to the fact that ironically she herself would drown several years later for reasons of taste.
Random paragraph: 'Loosening my tie, I walked around the end of the bed. Naked except for sunglasses, William Ryker was a burned red lobster. Surrounded by olive green sheets, his gnarled body looked like a strip of bacon floating in a bowl of pea soup.'