Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on July 19, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

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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…

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a book that just didn’t live up to its hype for me. After loving Ware’s creepily enjoyable debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, I had high hopes for her next book. While it had some suspenseful moments, I found the majority of The Woman in Cabin 10 slow and even boring at times, leading up to an underwhelming conclusion.

Travel journalist Lo Blacklock has been assigned to cover the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship, the Aurora. Although Lo should be enjoying the lavish sights, accommodations, and amenities, the specter of a recent traumatic event is weighing heavily on her mind. To get by, Lo is self-medicating with copious amounts of alcohol. In addition, she and her boyfriend parted on poor terms before she left for the trip, so Lo’s got quite a lot on her plate emotionally.

One night, Lo witnesses the unthinkable: a woman’s body has been thrown overboard. Naturally, Lo is horrified and reports what she’s seen to the ship’s management staff. However, the investigation seems to be over before it even begins. All of the passengers and crew are present and accounted for, throwing Lo’s credibility into question. Is she simply the most unreliable of narrators, or is something more sinister at work?

The Woman in Cabin 10 gets off to a slow start, picks up pace, but fizzles at the end. I found the big reveal rather disappointing and wanted more from the story. I’ll definitely continue reading Ware’s books, but this one was a huge miss for me.

Rating: 2.5 stars

  1. Heather @ Smut Matters

    I agree with you on all of this. I was very underwhelmed by this book, too.

    Side note – congrats on starting the crime book blog! I’ve thought about doing something similar, but I don’t know if I could keep up with two of them.

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