Someone is murdered on the cruise ship you're on. Passengers are told to lock themselves in their cabins and await instructions. The captain speaks from the ships PA system, "The first contestant has fallen. Only 5,132 remain." With that, the doors all click and swing open.
I love all of Kate Morton's novels but this one is my favorite. She writes mystery novels that rely heavily on flashing forward and back in time in the UK. They are all slightly Gothic, painstakingly plotted, and romantic to some degree. I highly recommend them to Anglophiles and mystery/romance lovers everywhere.
I dunno who this would be. But I thought it was kind of cute. First I imagined Ryder saying it to Tess and Tess being all 0.0 and bashful. But then I imagined it could go for Rey to either ryder (before everything goes down) or Sawyer. Or even in Tessa's head. She could be thinking that of Ryder