Thursday, November 03, 2016

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Published: July 2016, Gallery/Scout Press
Format: ARC E-copy, 352 pages
Source: Netgalley

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 soon as I knew this book was coming out, I knew I had to read it...I loved In a Dark, Dark Wood - so twisted and clever and I couldn't wait to see what Ruth Ware would give us next. And it was good!!!

This is another twisty, suspenseful read that will have you on the edge of your seat while you try to figure out what is going on. This time around the murder mystery happens at sea and so there is that confined space that contains the suspects. It also adds an element of claustrophia to an already atmospheric setting. And when you add in that fact that Lo, a flawed character to be sure, might be dealing with some mental health issues, you certainly start to wonder if you can even trust her.

I was hooked as soon as I started reading this and had a hard time putting it down. I had to know what was going on. Wow...I actually felt nervous for Lo while reading this. And I didn't always even like her! But anyway, that's a mark of a great writer and Ruth Ware is just that, a great writer. She is definitely going on my auto buy list...I cannot wait to see what comes next from her!!!



  1. I could not get this from Netgalley. Sounds really twisty!

  2. I didn't like it as much as you did but I did love the unreliable narrator vibe. And the setting at sea. Glad you loved it. I'm looking forward to her next book too, as I adored In a Dark, Dark Wood.

  3. I've been eyeing this one for a while and I'm really anxious to check it out. Great review!
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  4. Kristin, this seems scary good, another "twisty, suspenseful read"! It sounds very intense. I will keep author Ruth Ware in mind.

  5. I started to doubt Lo too several times. This was a good book and I agree about the claustrophobic feeling. And I liked it towards the end when the setting expanded a bit (don't want to say too much for spoilers). A good book.


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