Published: July 19, 2016
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.
The author, Ruth Ware, whose debut novel, In a Dark Dark Wood, I read in August 2015, is a sophisticated writer who understands how to manipulate truth and timing to provoke the reader’s reactions.
The Woman in Cabin 10 is good: it’s creepy, it’s frustrating, and it’s interesting. It brings elements of our current fixations into the realm of the thriller/mystery in the best possible way.
It is the perfect classic “paranoid woman” story with a modern twist in this tense, claustrophobic mystery.
I had the audio version and the narrator did a great job with the voices and the personalities of the characters and kept me on the edge of my seat. I only rated the book four stars because I found the ending unsatisfying, and to find out what I mean you’ll have to read or listen to it yourself.
I highly recommend it!