Book Review: The Accomplice by Kathryn Heyman

the accomplice #shipwreck The Accomplice describes one of the most shocking events of the seventeenth century: the wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia off the coast of Western Australia, and the extraordinary events that befell its stranded survivors. Combining a gripping narrative with vivid historical detail, The Accomplice is a beautiful, terrifying, deeply moving novel of love and anarchy.

This is a fictionalised account of an apparently true story, of the sinking of a Dutch ship on the way to Australia/New Zealand and the survival of some of the passengers and crew.

It is a short but difficult to read book and I did struggle. It’s not necessarily the fault of the book, but it is the harrowing tale of people marooned on isolated islands with few natural resources, little chance of rescue and complicity in the decisions being made for both small and larger groups until people realise it’s too late and there will be no rescue


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