The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

From the Book Jacket

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. 

My Thoughts

As a frequent cruiser and wannabe writer this book got me excited before I even opened the cover.

I wanted to love it, I really did and a part of me enjoyed it, but Lo was not a character I could find myself invested in.  Anxiety, alcohol, pills, paranoia … you throw those together and she is not a likeable person.  At one point, with all her complaining and confusion, I was thinking that she missed a memo that told her she was on a murder-mystery cruise (which she wasn’t, but wouldn’t that have made for an interesting plot twist?).

I had a lot of questions at the end of the book, but couldn’t be bothered to check anywhere to see if others had the same questions.  The ending wasn’t satisfying, I still felt hungry for another chapter, if only to clear things up.

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