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.
Review of The Woman In Cabin 10
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time has never rung more true than in Ruth Ware’s, The Woman In Cabin 10. Lo Blacklock works for Velocity, a travel magazine, when an opportunity of a lifetime presents itself. Due to pregnancy complications, Lo is asked to replace her boss on the maiden voyage of The Aurora, a boutique super luxury cruise liner. Wanting an opportunity to prove herself and climb the corporate ladder this could be the break she’s been waiting for, but days before the eventful voyage, Lo’s apartment is burglarized leaving her hurt, paranoid and vulnerable. Lack of sleep, excess alcohol and an ugly argument with her boyfriend are not the way she had planned to begin this voyage and new endeavor. Arriving upon The Aurora Lo is anxious to prove herself and forget recent events. However, functioning on fear, very little sleep and too much alcohol Lo finds it difficult to work and keep up with her competition on board. When she witnesses a horrific crime in the middle of the night she seeks out answers. Unfortunately, due to her erratic behavior and alcohol consumption crew members and fellow voyagers are skeptical of her story. As the clock starts ticking Lo is desperate to be believed and will go to any lengths to prove what she saw. However time is running out and someone’s determined to make her the next victim.
The Woman In Cabin 10 is fast paced and never stops. It’s similar to a roller-coaster ride that you can’t wait to get on, but can’t wait to get off and then you jump in line again. What I liked best about this book was the depth of its characters and its fast pace. There is never a dull moment. From the beginning to the end you are on a thrill of a ride. Lo especially was multi-dimensional, complex and vulnerable one day then frustrating and indecisive the next. One moment you believed her story, the next you doubted as she seemed unstable. I was constantly asking myself, did she really see anything? Every time I tried to put the book down I would turn another page.
Despite the thrill and mystery of the book I didn’t care for all the profanity. It didn’t add to the book at all and was often distracting. Left out of the book I would not have missed anything and it would have remained just as compelling and thrilling.
If you like a fast paced thriller, The Woman In Cabin 10 will not disappoint. It will leave you looking over your shoulder as you read. You will not be bored, but be prepared to stay up late and read.
I appreciate Simon & Schuster via NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Woman In Cabin 10 for a fair and honest review.
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