The Woman in Cabin 10Hardcover – July 19, 2016 by
From the Publisher. 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 and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
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.
Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes . This is the first book I’ve read by Ware and I will be going back and getting her first, In a Dark, Dark Wood. Ware slowly layers her story where she reveals what she wants to when she is ready. This is not one of those “I figured it out from the beginning but went along for the ride” reads. Nor is it for those readers who like a fast paced quick reveal. In methodical fashion, Ware drops the breadcrumbs to be followed and Lo, who you may start to question yourself, will gobble them up with you. Did someone get pushed? Was there someone in Cabin 10? Did Lo have too much to drink? Did I? Ware’ s gift is the build-up. For example, she writes so convincingly of Lo’ s claustrophobia that I found myself panicked for her! A strong, descriptive read that should leave you guessing until right before the reveal. Well done.