Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

28187230.jpgTitle: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Series: None
Publication Date: June 30, 2016
Genres: Fiction > Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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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.

Overview:

Laura (Lo) Blacklock is a travel journalist who gets the career-making opportunity of a lifetime — a week on a luxury cruise full of rich and powerful socialites for her to interview. Everything is going as well as can be expected until one night, Lo awakes to hear a noise that can only mean one thing: someone’s been thrown overboard. The problem? No one believes her…except the culprit.

I’ve heard from several people that they didn’t like this book because Lo is an unreliable, unlikeable character who drinks and causes problems for herself. I went into this story wondering how I’d feel about all that, and I more or less agree that her character was problematic.

This review contains no spoilers.

Good:

  • The big reveal was pretty good and fairly believable. I didn’t see it coming at all, but it wasn’t like it was so convoluted that no one could have figured it out.
  • I liked the bond that Lo and Carrie form (and Lo’s phone conversation on the last page of the book), but I’m not sure that Lo’s experience of being “powerless” was really comparable to Carrie’s.

Bad:

  • I felt like this story dragged on a bit too long — or maybe that was just my interpretation of it because it took me about 3 weeks to finish! I just couldn’t get into the story and therefore, I put off reading it.
  • Lo’s character is definitely unreliable and, although I didn’t find her terribly unlikeable, I also didn’t feel like I really got to know her. There should have been a bit more background on Lo and why she was the way she was. It would have created more sympathy in the reader as to why Lo has the problems she has and why she lives the lifestyle that she does.
  • It seems unlikely that Lo would immediately know that the small sound that woke her up out of her drunken sleep was a body hitting the water. I’m not saying that it was unrealistic for her to wake up or even to go investigating, it just seemed like a bit of a reach that she’d know what the sound was when she heard it.

Final Thoughts:

This was a fine thriller, butI’m not sure that I’d exactly rave about it and recommend it too highly. However, I am still planning on giving In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware a try.


 

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