Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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…
This is my second encounter with Ruth Ware. I read In A Dark, Dark Wood sometime in 2016, and I really enjoyed it. I recently discovered that I enjoy adult thrillers, and I wanted to pick a new one up. I figured since I liked Ruth’s other novel, I’d like this one. While I personally enjoyed In A Dark, Dark Wood a bit more, I really did like The Woman in Cabin 10.
Ruth Ware is very good at purposely misleading the reader, making you think that you’ve got the entire plot figured out, only to throw a massive curveball at you later. I thought that I knew exactly what happened about sixteen different times throughout this book, and I was never even close.
Our protagonist, Lo, is presented as someone who may or may not be reliable, much like The Girl on the Train (another recent read), if you’ve ever read it. Without giving too much away, you’re not always sure if you can trust what Lo is seeing, leading to an extremely uneasy feeling all the way up to the very last page of the book.
I read this book in only two or three sittings, which is extremely remarkable for me lately. If you like a good thriller, I would recommend both this book and In A Dark, Dark Wood, also by Ruth Ware. I give The Woman In Cabin 10 4 out of 5 stars.