Author: Ruth Ware
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, 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. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. 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 dark and terrifying 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 book tested my patience. In a good way! I was in need of a good mystery-thriller and The Woman in Cabin 10 delivered. It was gripping and had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I cursed myself for not having the ability to read faster.
Lo is a travel writer and gets the chance to go on a posh private cruise with a select few. She’s determined to go despite having a scary run-in with a robber the night before. She encounters a woman in the cabin next to hers, but things turn sideways quick. Later, Lo is adamant that the woman she met was murdered. She witnessed it. Or did she? How could that be if all of the guests are accounted for? And if a woman was murdered, then that means Lo is stuck in the middle of the ocean with a murderer and might be in danger.
Lo’s tenacity in discovering who the woman is and what’s going on is infectious, even when her mental stability comes into question. She’s definitely a flawed character that I couldn’t help questioning at times. Even so, Lo is likeable and intriguing. I enjoyed being in her head as she tried working all the different scenarios out.
What also contributes to the mystery are the small chapters throughout the book that add a heavy sense of foreboding. These are told through emails, newspapers, and message boards. The intensity continues to escalate with each new piece of information from these chapters. I really liked this aspect of the story.
I trust no one! Every single person on that damn yacht was a suspect. Just the way I like it. The author kept me guessing. And second guessing. And third guessing. You get the idea. So I was positively giddy once the pieces started to snap together.
The Woman in Cabin 10 has a great deal of suspense and danger that I found completely engrossing. So hold on tight and prepare for a thrilling voyage.