“We all have demons inside us, voices that whisper we’re no good, that if we don’t make this promotion or ace that exam we’ll reveal to the world exactly what kind of worthless sacks of skin and sinew we really are.” ― Ruth Ware,
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.
Book: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.67/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Overview. I’m a huge fan of thrillers. I’ve already read one of Ware’s books, In a Dark, Dark Wood (see the review here) and I thoroughly enjoyed that book. This book intrigued me because I’m a huge fan of cruises and anything that has to do with being on the ocean. Needless to say, I’m glad I didn’t take this book with me on my last cruise that I went on because it was definitely spooky.
The story follows our main character, Lo, a travel journalist, on her first travel trip, a “cruise” on the ship Aurora to see the Northern Lights. The first night of the cruise Lo introduces herself to the woman in cabin 10 (Lo is in Cabin 9) in order to ask for some mascara that Lo forgot to pack. The woman never turns back up for the rest of the cruise which leaves Lo unsure as to whether she made up the woman or if something really did happen to someone when one night she is awoken by a body hitting the water outside of the ship.
Pros. This story really was very original for me. I’ve read quite a few thriller books now and there hasn’t been a story like this one so far. I really enjoyed how refreshing it was to get into a story line that I haven’t been introduced to so far.
I loved the characters in this book. There was one point where I swear I had everyone pegged in the book only for Ware to totally turn that around on me. Lo, the main character, was a great one. While she had some unreliable traits, I had complete faith in her as a narrator to the story. The history between Lo and everyone else in the book really set this apart for me. Ware didn’t introduce anything that didn’t need to be introduced and there were definitely no fluff characters or plot lines.
I just love the way that Ware writes her novels. Her writing style is very unique and it really sets her apart from other thriller writers. Ware is the closest that I have come to liking another thriller author as much as I love Gillian Flynn.
The ending to the book was definitely a surprise to me! I loved the way that Ware tied everything together in a way that I wasn’t able to see when I was reading earlier parts of the book. I love not knowing what is going to happen until the end and the narrator lays it all out for me to see clearly and have it all fit back into what happened earlier in the book.
Cons. There were points in the book that kind of drug on and on for me. It seemed like it took a long time to get from Point A to Point B with no real purpose for that. It didn’t make me want to skip anything but there were just moments that I wish would have sped up a bit.
Overall. I’m pretty impressed with The Woman in Cabin 10 overall. Ware never ceases to impress me with her writing and story lines. I’m always excited to pick up one of her books and I can’t wait to see where she takes me next. I gave this book a 4/5 stars.