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.