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A Dangerous Crossing

Take your reading group on Rachel Rhys’s intoxicating voyage.

Mix one measure of murder mystery with a splash of love story, stir well over a high-seas backdrop under a cloud of war, and what do you get? The perfect cocktail, guaranteed to get your next book club meet-up swinging. Here are some reading group questions to get the party started


Reading Group Questions

• What is the effect of setting the action almost entirely on a ship? What does it add to the story?

• Lily goes on an epic physical journey throughout the course of the book, travelling from one side of the world to the other. What other types of journeys does she make? How has she changed by the time they arrive in Sydney?

• Describe the Campbells’ relationship. How did they end up that way? Does it ring true? Do you know any couples who’ve had that kind of dysfunctional co-dependent relationship?

• What does Lily see in Edward? Do you think her love for him is a reaction to her being hurt so badly by Robert?

• Lily likes Maria but she lets her down at a crucial moment. Why do you think she does this? Do you think less of her for it? Have you had instances in your own life where you wish you had behaved differently towards someone? How do you think Lily might be affected by it in years to come?

• The story is set in 1939, with the shadow of war looming over the ship. What difference does this threat make to the characters and the way they behave?

• Ida is an odd character in the story. What is her role? What did you think of her by the end? Why does she act the way she does?

• Why do you think the author included the epilogue with the contemporary newspaper profile of Lily? Were you glad to find out what had happened to her, or would you have preferred it was left to your imagination?

• Do you think George Price got the punishment he deserved?

• In many ways the book is about a migration – someone leaving home and travelling to another country in search of a better life. How relevant is Lily’s story to what is happening in the world today?

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    April 3, 2017

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    April 3, 2017

    RHA eBooks Adult

    368 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

A Dangerous Crossing Rachel Rhys

With its intoxicating mix of murder mystery and a fateful love story, A Dangerous Crossing is an enthralling novel in the great tradition of Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith.

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