From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea. 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 taut and intense read.
Published July 19th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Three and a half stars: A twisty mystery that will completely keep you guessing until the end, but not everything is completely explained.
After being mugged in her own home, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel journal, reluctantly boards a luxury cruise ship for a week long trip. At first, Lo loves the plush lifestyle. The accommodations are amazing, and the food and dinner parties are outstanding. A few days into the cruise, Lo is drinking too much, and she still can’t get internet connection. Then she witnesses a horrifying event. She thinks she sees someone throwing a woman overboard, the woman in cabin 10. The problem is that once Lo reports the crime, her credibility is questioned. All the passengers and crew are accounted for, and the cabin 10 was never occupied. What did Lo see?
What I Liked:
- The Woman in Cabin Ten is a twisty little mystery that will constantly keep you guessing. You will find yourself questioning the mental capacity of the narrator, is she crazy or is she drunk? Did she really see something? Then you have to factor the events going on back on the mainland, and that makes things even more confusing. I loved that I was constantly changing my opinion and guessing on what was really happening, and even then I was wrong.
- I loved the cruise ship setting. At first it was glittery and captivating, but then things get scary. There is no internet connection, so there is no contact with the outside world. A closed environment with a potential killer on the loose is always creepy. Factor in the stormy weather, and isolation and you have an eerie, atmospheric setting.
- Lo is a tough sell. During the first part of the story, she is a mess, drinking too much, and not in complete control of her mental faculties. Thankfully, around the midway point, she does a dramatic turn around. I liked that she got her act together and that she was able to piece together the mystery. She becomes a force to be reckoned with by the end.
- The overall mystery was fantastic. I loved that it was full of surprising twists and stunning developments. This is one that you will never be able to figure out. Outstanding!
- The end is satisfying. Most of the loose ends are dealt with and the mystery is solved.
- The audiobook version narrated by Imogen Church was terrific. I loved Ms. Church’s accent. I thought she did an excellent job with the characters.
And The Not So Much:
- There were a few things that had me scratching my head at the end. I am still not sure whose body was found with the boots?? I wish that there was more closure.
- The book starts out slowly, it takes a good long time for it to really get interesting. This one requires patience.
- I didn’t see the point in the whole mugging scene that occurred at the beginning. It didn’t tie into the story.
- It was never explained why there was no internet connection.
- I was put off that Lo’s credibility was called into question because she took antidepressants. Just because someone takes medication, they aren’t crazy. Lo was labeled unstable because of her meds.
The Woman in Cabin Ten was a thrilling mystery with lots of shocking turns. This is one that kept me guessing until the finale. I loved how it all played out. However, I was bothered by a couple of loose ends, and I didn’t like that the Lo was labeled crazy because she took antidepressants. Still this is an excellent thriller for those who want a great mystery.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.