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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…
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a fast-paced psychological thriller. It starts off with suspense when the main character, Lo is attacked at home. This was unexpected because based on the blurb; I had assumed that everything takes place on the cruise ship. However, I think the first chapter is what drew me in to the narrative even more. If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read my updates on the burglary that occurred at my apartment. I could relate to Lo’s feelings of fear and helplessness as someone broke into her apartment. Anyway, back to the book. The first chapter definitely had me hooked.
The story is narrated from Lo’s perspective. We get to unravel the mystery at the same time as she does. As much as I liked her, she really frustrated me at times. However, it was still interesting to find out things at the same time as she did. This heightened the tension as it was clear that something was dead wrong and there was danger on the cruise ship.
My favorite part of this book was the setting.
“I love ports. I love the smell of tar and sea air, and the scream of the gulls. Maybe it’s years of taking the ferry to France for summer holidays, but a harbor gives me a feeling of freedom in a way that an airport never does. Airports say work and security checks and delays. Ports say… I don’t know. Something completely different. Escape, maybe.”Ruth Ware, Woman in Cabin 10
The idea of a group of people trapped in a ship without knowing whether they were in danger or not heightened the tension. At first, I got lost in the setting with the description of the beautiful ship and the amazing view of the ocean. I think I stopped reading at some point just to day dream about being on a cruise ship. Lo’s description of the ship made me want to go on a cruise so bad. However, when things started going wrong, I realized just how confining that space is. The whole idea of being at sea, away from everyone else with no internet or any other connection with the rest of the world and a killer on board added to the eerie atmosphere of the book.
The narration style was also pretty good. The tension built chapter by chapter. The twists were so many and so were the suspects. I couldn’t guess what was going on and who the culprits were until the big reveal was made. I also liked the social media angle which was part of the second story-line. The social media posts gave hints of something tragic happened at the ship. This story-line was ahead of the current events so it made me more anxious to find out just how the events would unfold.
Final Thoughts: I definitely enjoyed reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. If you like mysteries and thrillers then you should definitely read this one. The twists and turns had me at the edge of my seat up to the last page.
Atmospheric and suspenseful to the last page!
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Ps: If you know of any other books set on trains, planes or ships, please let me know.