The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published: January 2017 by Simon and Schuster
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 my first official read of 2017 and it was magnetic. Everything I could ever ask for–drama, a loveable protagonist, high seas and a murder mystery!
Upon receiving an arc from the fabulous Simon and Schuster I was puzzled by the inclusion of a mascara. After completing the story, let me just say how clever this bonus was.
I loved that the story didn’t just push forward to the grand adventure. It was great to have moments before where we as readers could see the true colours of our protagonist. How she behaves in day to day life and how she handles high stress. I immediately fell in love with her.
I pride myself on being a bit of a mystery wiz, always connecting the clues in my mind and sometimes pointing the finger at the right culprit. This story? Not a chance. The details were so intricate that never in my wildest guesses could I possibly conceive the outcome.
This one will keep you on your toes and reading into the wee hours of the night. Be warned, once you pick it up, it’s impossible to set it back down, prepare for a day of all things ‘in cabin 10’
Cheers, Simon and Schuster for the review copy