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 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 intense read.
This was a good mystery/thriller. The story follows Lo, a journalist that is about to go on a luxury cruise for her job. Before she left for the cruise, Lo had a bad experience at home in which a stranger entered her house and scared her. Ever since, she’s been extremely anxious, and this affects her stay in the cruise.
On the first night she witnesses what she thinks is a murder, and she starts asking and digging until she becomes a target.
I liked Lo. She seemed like a genuine and honest character. She was by no means perfect, but this actually worked for me, and for this reason I felt more in tune with her, as well.
The rest of the characters were okay. Some were better than others, and more likable than others, as well.
If I could describe this book in a few words I’d say, gaslighting and engaging.
The book features a mystery, and I do have to give the author all the recognition because I was not expecting her plot twist. I mean, I was, but at the same time, I wasn’t. I saw the thing coming, but she brought it up in a way that it wouldn’t have occurred to me.
There were things that didn’t work for me, more for the way they were managed than because they happened. There were things, little details, that were brought up, but that were never solved or we never found out why. The same happened with certain big events that i expected were somehow linked to what happened on the boat and, well, no. So all of those things seemed like a tad unnecessary.
Do I recommend this? Yes. If you like mystery/thrillers like The Girl On the Train or Gone Girl, you are probably going to enjoy this. The book has a nice prose, with an interesting MC and lots of suspects. The story line is interesting enough to keep the reader trying to figure out what’s going on and WHO is going on, as well as their motives.