Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a great suspense story, and it made me want to go on another cruise. Lo, a travel journalist, gets a break when her pregnant boss cannot go on the maiden voyage of a new, small, luxury cruise ship, The Aurora Borealis. The night before the journey, Lo’s apartment is broken into, so she’s a little on edge. When she witnesses something strange happening in the cabin next door in the dead of night, no one believes her. She begins to go a little crazy, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

This book was written so well. I didn’t know whether to trust Lo herself even. I wasn’t sure what was meant to be going on, which is the best kind of suspense story. I was sympathetic to Lo right away, so I had the connection with her to get me really invested in the story. This story is written in first person with some emails and news articles in between sections. Lo’s boyfriend and parents are looking for her in the present day timeline, but Lo’s story is told from the beginning a week or so into the past.

There were a lot of characters in this story, so it was a little hard to keep track of them in the beginning. I listened to this book on audio CD, and the narrator was excellent, plus the accent was fun. I wish I had it on Audible though, so I could have read it faster. I just needed to know what was going to happen. I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 4 Stars

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ruth Ware
Simon and Schuster
July 19, 2016
Audio CD

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.

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