The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
Lo Blacklock has a lot of troubles. Her London apartment has been burgled. She takes medication for anxiety, tends to drink too much and can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep.
Getting away on an exclusive luxury cruise may be the answer, but this trip is for her job as a travel journalist for Velocity magazine. Her boss Rowan can’t go and Lo is under pressure to do a good job.
This was my chance to show I could hack it – that I, like Rowan, could network and schmooze and get Velocity’s name in there with the high fliers.
There is a lot of hype about the Aurora and its maiden voyage to see the Northern Lights. The boat is small, but extravagantly decorated. Lo is part of a select group of passengers who will occupy ten cabins: photographers, journalists, investors, and Lord Richard Bullmer, the ship’s super rich and powerful owner.
Lo isn’t off to a good start. She arrives sleep-deprived and hung over and has barely read her travel packet. And a bad argument with her boyfriend the night before has left their relationship on the rocks. Drinks before and during dinner don’t help, either. When Lo finally passes out in her cabin, she hopes for a long sleep and a fresh start in the morning.
Awakened by a scream and a splash, Lo is certain the woman in Cabin 10 has gone overboard. But no one believes her story. Was she too drunk to remember the events correctly? As the ship continues its journey, Lo tries desperately to uncover the truth, but the other passengers seem to have their own secrets and motives. With no one to trust, and no internet, Lo is alone with her fears. Oh, and by the way, Lo is claustrophobic. Not a good thing when you’re out on a boat.
The Woman in Cabin 10 is very readable suspenseful story. Ruth Ware throws plenty of red herrings into the mix and sets Lo up in many frightening situations that make the reader wonder, is it just Lo’s unreliable reasoning that makes them so scary? Certain discoveries fool the reader into thinking the mystery is solved, a technique I enjoy, only to lead Lo into what seems to be inescapable danger. The story finishes nicely, with satisfying explanations, including several unexpected tie-ups.
I recommend The Woman in Cabin 10 to readers who like to experience the danger of exciting stories from the safety of a comfortable chair. I particularly like the author’s use of an unreliable narrator. Watching flawed character make mistakes is very suspenseful.
I’m the kind of reader who likes to go along for the ride, letting the plot develop. What kind are you? Do you like to solve the mystery before its finish?
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12 thoughts on “The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware”
This sounds good! I’m going to add it to my list. Thank you. Incidentally, a novel I’m working on involves a cruise ship. I’m branching out into a different genre to see how it goes. 😊
I read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ware and I really enjoyed that book. I think she’s a solid writer. I’ll probably add this one as well.
I liked this book- pretty interesting idea
And another tome gets added to the to-read list. Sounds terrific!! Thanks for sharing.
Your review leaves me no alternative but to add this book to my “to read” list. Thanks for the heads-up.
Sounds interesting! I also like the unreliable narrator…it makes things more suspenseful, and also mirrors real life, I think.
I loved how creepy the atmosphere was on the boat. That part was so smartly written!
Oooooh! This does sound good!
Read earlier but was unable to comment at the time. This is a great review, Barbara. Intriguing…
I absolutely love stories with flawed characters and/or unreliable narrators. Thanks for sharing this!
Yes, that seems to be a popular technique. It made me think of The Girl on the Train. I do like when the characters make foolish and reckless moves. Makes things interesting!
Sounds like a great read! I would love to be able to solve the mystery beforehand but I’m just awful at it and always guess wrong! LOL 😂
Same – I just go along for the ride!
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