The Blonde Bookworm: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware -- Review

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware -- Review

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10 
Author: Ruth Ware 
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1501132938
Publisher: July 19th 2016 by Gallery/Scout Press


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…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.


* I was given a copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 by NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Scout Press, and Ruth ware for sharing with me! 

I picked this book up on Wednesday evening and finished it by Friday morning. I wish I could have read it without stopping, but something called "work" got in the way. Needless to say, the book was incredibly fast paced and extremely hard to put down. 

Ware creates such a creepy and realistic environment that I often felt as though I was on the boat with Lo, helping her investigate. The summary of the novel describes the book as being "reminiscent of Agatha Christie's work" and I would have to strongly agree with that statement. There was never a single moment when I thought I would be able to figure out the ending or what would happen next. The writing was crisp, to the point, and I never felt as though I was reading pointless fluff. 

The novel is set on a cruise ship which gives the reader a feeling of being trapped with nowhere to run or hide. I often took pity on Lo and the constant fear that she was feeling. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie type mysteries, I would strongly recommend this book to you! 

Rating 4/5


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