Published by Simon and Schuster on July 19th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Literary, General
Also by this author: In a Dark, Dark Wood
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Simon & Schuster
From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…
With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.
I read Ruth Ware’s debut book just a few weeks ago, IN A DARK, DARK WOOD. I couldn’t wait to read THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10.
In this story a woman named Lo is burglarized in her home. This same woman is set to leave on the maiden voyage of a new luxury cruise ship. It has been her dream as a journalist to cover stories like this, and since the traveling writer is on maternity leave, this is Lo’s shot. Lo starts off thinking this will be the perfect change of pace, and hopefully she will be ale to get some decent sleep since she hasn’t slept much since the burglary. When sleep deprived/a little tipsy Lo hears what she thinks is a woman next door being thrown over board, she turns on her journalist mind to find the killer. Only, there is no woman in the room next door. The staff don’t believe her, she can’t concentrate on her job, and she can’t get a signal to call home. Lo is all alone in her belief that the woman in cabin was just murdered.
This was a fun thriller. The author again managed to keep me on my toes as things unraveled for the protagonist. Lo is a little off right from the start of this book. I honestly didn’t know if I could trust her, or if she was crazy. The boat is full of suspects. More than once I thought I knew what happened, but I was so wrong.
The setting of a luxury boat is brilliant. On this luxury boat is poor Lo trying to hold herself together whilst dealing with the pressure from peers working for other papers on the boat, an ex that won’t give up on Lo, the staff who think Lo is crazy, and no way to call home. I loved the snippets we got of what the people back home were really doing while Lo was on the boat. I think it really added to the story and heightened the mystery for me.
The only thing about this book that I didn’t love was the protagonist herself. I did not really like Lo personally. I didn’t like the interactions between her and the ex-lover Ben. He sounded like a creep, but she used to go with him, so what does that tell me about her? Also, she went on and on about this missing woman, and didn’t seem to care how crazy she looked. I would think that she would try to save face in front of professional colleagues, but she really acted weird no matter who was present. No matter what I didn’t like about her, I felt like I couldn’t leave Lo adrift in this boat without going along to see if she finds out what happened.