Published by Gallery/Scout Press on July 19th 2016
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary
In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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 and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.
I have had The Woman in Cabin 10 on my TBR pretty much since it came out. Something about it intrigued me, but not enough to actually pick it up apparently. And then it was one of the books my book club was going to read, so how could I not read it finally? And holy hell, I could have kicked myself for waiting so long!!
One of my favorite things in a book – especially a psychological thriller like this one – is an unreliable narrator. Especially when they’re unreliable for a good reason, not just that they are TSTL. Well, meet Laura – Lo for short. First chapter something incredibly scary happens to her and it shakes her to her core. And then she gets on one of those exclusive 10 cabin cruises for her work 2 days later – sleep deprived, self-medicating on alcohol (which believe me, I so would be too!) and despite clearly being a smart person, she’s suddenly not the most reliable source of information. Is she really seeing what she thinks she’s seeing? Is she the most clever person on board or has she lost it? Even she doesn’t always trust herself, so how can you? And yet I often really wanted to. I was on the edge for pretty much 99% of the book, as each page kept me guessing.
One element that added to the intensity of The Woman in Cabin 10 was the author’s use of flashes forward and to other locations via social media posts, emails and news reports. The flashes always gave you just enough to be like, “wait! What?!”
And to top it off, it ended it with a couple fabulous, unexpected twists that I did not see coming! The writing was really captivating and well, if you haven’t gotten the point yet, I friggin’ loved The Woman in Cabin 10! I can’t recommend it enough!
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