Announcing our Top 20 Books of 2022 and Award Winners

What do readers think of The Night Ship by Jess Kidd? Write your own review.

Summary | Reviews | More Information | More Books

The Night Ship

A Novel

by Jess Kidd

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd X
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
Buy This Book

About this book


Page 1 of 1
There is 1 reader review for The Night Ship
Order Reviews by:

Write your own review!


Spectacular Read
In 1628, 9-year-old motherless Mayken is on ship Batavia sailing from Holland to the Dutch East Indies and her wealthy merchant father. Inquisitive and bright, Mayken explores the ship, learns about the sailing life, makes friends among the different classes of passengers, and avoids those with malice for her and others. Dressing as a cabin boy, she searches the bowels of the ship for the monster the sailors say lives there. In 1989, 9-year-old motherless Gil arrives to live with his grandfather on desolate Beacon Island off the coast of Western Australia, where the Batavia shipwrecked on its maiden voyage 150 plus years earlier.

Alternating chapters between each child's experiences, the story propels through Mayken's voyage and Gil's acclimation to the island. While Mayken's voyage focuses on finding the monster and dealing with her nursemaid's illness, Gil's acclimation is complicated by a scientific excavation of the shipwreck, the rumor that a ghost roams the island, and a feud between Gil's grandfather and another fisherman.

Kidd's writing is gorgeous; I was repeatedly stopping and writing down a phrase or paragraph that I wanted to save. She moves seamlessly between the children's experiences and heighten the reader's tension for each until the book comes to its dramatic conclusion. The Night Ship is a spectacular read.
  • Page
  • 1

More Information


Join and Save 20%!

Become a member and
discover exceptional books.

Find out more

Award Winners

  • Book Jacket: Horse
    by Geraldine Brooks
    Voted 2022 Best Fiction Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers. Geraldine Brooks creates a ...
  • Book Jacket: In Love
    In Love
    by Amy Bloom
    Voted 2022 Best Nonfiction Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers. In 2019, author Amy Bloom and her...
  • Book Jacket: Remarkably Bright Creatures
    Remarkably Bright Creatures
    by Shelby Van Pelt
    Voted 2022 Best Debut Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel, ...

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    by Resoketswe Martha Manenzhe

    The debut novel of a gifted storyteller who has become a sensation in her native South Africa.


The Big Holiday Wordplay

Enter Now

Book Club Discussion

Book Jacket
by Thrity Umrigar
Set in India, a tender and evocative novel about love across a cultural divide, familial devotion and betrayal.
Who Said...

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.