The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
344 pages | Published June 30th, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
This was meant to be the perfect trip.
The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.
Except things don’t go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that her sleep problems might be driving her mad or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…
Yet another great summer read! This time, it’s a thriller – one that is set at sea. I own three out of the four books Ruth Ware has published, even though I had never read anything by her until now. Isn’t it such a great idea to keep buying books by authors you’ve never read? 😅 However, I did so because I had a feeling I would love Ware’s books – which turned out to be true!
In THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10, we follow Lo, a travel journalist who goes on a trip on a luxurious cruise ship in order to write about it for the magazine she works for. Before she leaves, there is a break-in at her apartment, which freaks her out. Once she is already aboard the ship, she meets the woman on the cabin next to hers (cabin 10). One night, she is woken by the screams of a woman in the night, followed by a splash in the water – the sound of a body being thrown overboard, she thinks. When she reports this incident, no one believes her because a) she had been drinking that night, b) no one checked into cabin 10, and c) no passengers are missing from the boat.
Who can resist a premise like that? I absolutely loved the plot Ware came up with. It makes you feel crazy because you’re like ‘how the hell is this happening!?!?’ And the big twist was delicious, very unpredictable (at least it was for me!) and well-crafted. I read the book in just a day or so, once I picked it up I was very into the story and didn’t want to stop reading.
The characters felt very real to me. I can’t even explain why but I felt like I knew them and was interacting with them personally??? It’s the weirdest thing… but I definitely enjoyed that! The main character has a special place in my heart, she went through a lot and she’s doing her best, yet everyone kind of dismisses her. That’s messed up and it breaks my heart. Also, she’s funny and I like the way she thinks, so that makes me like her even more.
They did that sort of manly half-hug thing, where you’re too metrosexual for a handshake and not hip enough for a fist-bump.
The fact that this story takes place on a boat, combined with Ware’s immersive writing, makes THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 a rather claustrophobic read. I was very scared and anxious reading this, the author really knows how to write tension and suspense.
I switched the light out and drew the cover across myself, but I didn’t sleep. Instead I lay on my side watching the sea, rising and falling in strange, hypnotic silence outside the thick, storm-proof panes. And I thought, there is a murderer on this boat. And no one knows but me.
The author touches on a very important subject – unhealthy relationships -, which I very much appreciated. I like it when characters recognise that certain behaviours are unacceptable and red flags in a relationship. Who knows if someone in an unhealthy relationship will read this book and finally speak up? These are important issues, in my opinion.
Overall, THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 is an addictive, claustrophobic and immersive read that is sure to make the reader fearful and aware of their surroundings. I’m so excited to get to Ruth Ware’s other books!!
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