As part of our Best Books of 2012 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

Part 12 Angry Men, part Lord of the Flies, Charlotte Rogan’s unforgettable debut is a haunting tale of survival. It’s 1914, and Grace Winter is sailing to America with her new husband in high style. But when the ocean liner sinks, she’s just one of many in an overcrowded lifeboat. How far will she go to survive? How far should one go? More than just a compelling “what would you do?” story, The Lifeboat is an acute psychological drama that fearlessly confronts existential questions without letting up on the suspense.

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