Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.


DAY FOUR is smart, incisive an d raises real questions about the world in which we live.... But the real praise is that I had to leave the light on in the bedroom after finishing it. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

Lotz's expertise [is] at orchestrating the mounting tension as the story builds to a wonderfully ambiguous, though satisfying and unusual, denouement. GUARDIAN

You'll turn the pages curiously, hungry for clues, until the ending...kicks you in the stomach. Take it to the beach - but maybe not on a cruise. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

A satirical scream... sign me up for the next cruise! NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF BOOKS

Chilling, creepy horror set against an all too believable backdrop of human selfishness when the trappings of civilisation are removed. Highly recommended. SCI-FI BULLETIN

An intriguing take on the classic 'locked room' mystery. KIRKUS REVIEWS

The confined space of the cruise ship is the perfect setting for Lotz's suspenseful style. Once things start to go wrong, Day Four is a page-turner and fun for readers with easy access to the plumbing, fresh food, hand sanitizers and sanity that Lotz's characters lack while the creepiness builds. JENNIFER KAY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Day Four may be the summer beach read from hell, but it's a fun one...What the novel does provide from the jump is a sense of foreboding so thick you could cut it with a knife. JOE HARTLAUB, BOOK REPORTER