If you hear the name Baltic Charisma run in the other direction! #Friday56: {Blood Cruise} with #author Mats Strandberg  #Friyay! #TGIF! @matsstrandberg_ #Instagram56 & #bookbeginnings with @GilionDumas @fredalicious #FollowFriday #FridayFeeling

This week’s choice is…

Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg | Alternative-Read.com
Nothing to do with The Shining, but an axe is definitely needed on board this ship! (Although, Stephen King is mentioned…)

Blood Cruise: A thrilling summer chiller from the Swedish Stephen King

by Mats Strandberg (Goodreads Author)
 4.09  ·   Rating details ·  11 Ratings  ·  Reviews


‘I will never set foot on a cruise ship again!’ – Åsa Larsson, bestselling author of The Second Deadly Sin and Until thy Wrath Be Past

On the Baltic Sea, no one can hear you scream.

Tonight, twelve hundred expectant passengers have joined the booze-cruise between Sweden and Finland. The creaking old ship travels this same route, back and forth, every day of the year.

But this trip is going to be different.

In the middle of the night the ferry is suddenly cut off from the outside world. There is nowhere to escape. There is no way to contact the mainland. And no one knows who they can trust.

Welcome aboard the Baltic Charisma.

Blood Cruise is terrifying and terrifying real, a must-read for fans of Stephen King and John Ajvide Lindqvist’ – Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss and Hard Light


Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg | Alternative-Read.com
Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg | Alternative-Read.com

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Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg | Alternative-Read.com
Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg | Alternative-Read.com

I originally featured this as one of my Can’t Wait Wednesday specials! Here’s what I said!

Well, I’ve never been on a cruise ship and it’s not likely I’ll want to go on one after reading this! haha!

This could definitely be a brilliant horror film, although I do like the way we get inside the characters minds and find out about their backgrounds and what sort of person they are, before all hell breaks loose, so to make that come across well they’d need to do plenty of flashbacks! Yeah, in fact, just ask me to direct it – I know what this movie needs!!!

Am I loving it? 

Hell yeah! This is just what I’d hoped it would be, and so really well done, and I don’t mean like steak, although, there was quite a lot of blood thirsty chomping going on some really rare steaks…

It’s a huge book, but I enjoyed it so much I read it super-fast! I’ll add my review up here shortly.

Don’t you love a book that beats your already high expectations?

About the Author

Mats Strandberg is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is a regular columnist for Sweden’s biggest evening newspaper, has been named Columnist of the Year by Sweden’s Newspapers and Magazines organization, and had published three previous novels, with rights sold in numerous countries.


Would you read further? What are you currently reading?

I can’t wait to visit your blogs to find out. Have a great weekend, may your books be with you!

Luv Sassy  X


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Author: Sassy Brit, Author Assistant

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16 thoughts on “If you hear the name Baltic Charisma run in the other direction! #Friday56: {Blood Cruise} with #author Mats Strandberg  #Friyay! #TGIF! @matsstrandberg_ #Instagram56 & #bookbeginnings with @GilionDumas @fredalicious #FollowFriday #FridayFeeling

  1. I don’t like the idea of cruises and this book would definitely back me up! Think of being stuck in the middle of the ocean with people you don’t want to be near or trust! Nightmare!

  2. For some reason I thought that this was going to be more of a short story, so was more than a little surprised to see the almost 600 page count! – Maybe I was blinded by the part of the premise where this was described as an overnight cruise.

    Cruising has never appealed to me, as I neither like the water (I can’t swim so fear drowning), nor the idea of being trapped in such a confined space for any length of time, with people I may not care for.

    This is therefore one book I probably shouldn’t be reading, but it does sound so good and is definitely heading for my ‘Want To Read’ list.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂


  3. Ooh, this sounds like a chilling read! I’ve never wanted to go on a cruise before and I’m pretty sure this book would reinforce that! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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