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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WareThe Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Published by Scout Books on July 19th 2016
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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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.

 

I received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  The Woman in Cabin 10 is a ‘whodunit’ tale that can leave you sitting on the edge of your seat with a constant feeling of impending danger. This title a huge step up from Ware’s debut novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood, which I’d often find too slow and predictable. Ware’s latest novel, on the other hand, kept me intrigued.
 
Set aboard a luxury ship in the middle of the North Sea, cut off from the rest of the world, a killer strikes. Or does it?
 
Lo Blacklock, our leading journalist, is a character quite similar to Marmite. You either love her or you hate her. Struggling with severe anxiety and PTSD, it’s understandable that some readers may find it hard to connect with such a character, disregarding her as ‘weak minded’ and ‘annoying’. (An unreliable narrator perhaps reminiscent of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train).
 
Trapped with nowhere to go, Lo must come to terms with what she saw or didn’t see, creating an environment of distrust and uncertainty. The reader is left constantly on the edge, never quite sure of what is real and not real.
 
Can you believe Lo?
 
Is she blinded by her own hallucinations?
 
The line between fiction and reality is constantly blurred and it only gets worse the further you delve into Lo Blacklock’s tale.
 
The final 25% of the novel was when things really started to get interesting and kicked itself up a star. However, the big twist did give way to a heavy dip of stagnant narration (which can’t be helped I suppose if you’re locked in a room half out of your mind).
 
The Woman in Cabin 10 was a well paced and intriguing read which I highly recommend to anyone that wants a bit of a claustrophobic thrill for a couple of hours on a Sunday night.
 

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