Review: The Woman In Cabin 10

The Woman In Cabin 10

Ruth Ware
Released: June 30, 2016

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“I know what it’s like. Don’t you see? I know what she must have felt like, when someone came for her in the middle of the night. That’s why I have to find out who did this to her.”

Coming from New York Time’s bestselling author Ruth Ware, The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mystery and murder all at sea. Ruth Ware’s writing kept me entertained from beginning to end, and there is a twist that you might not see coming.

One thing I love about reading is opening sequences of books. You’ll hear me say it more often than not, if the opening sequence of a book hooks me, I’m in. That’s usually how I decide which book to read next, because there’s usually a never ending stack on my coffee table. This one was no different. We open the book with our protagonist, Laura “Lo” Blacklock, being awoken by her cat after a drunken night. She begins to wonder why her cat is in her room, when she doesn’t remember letting him in when she got home. She hears a noise and decides to investigate, she opens her door and sees a man standing there. There is an intruder in her home. The whole opening sequence is written beautifully. It’s terrifying, and it honestly made me nervous to leave my locked bedroom in the middle of the night.

This is a HUGE part of the rest of the novel, as it is something that sticks with Lo throughout the remainder of the novel. She struggles feeling safe wherever she goes, and drinks to help herself sleep. As we know from the synopsis, Lo will be traveling on a cruise ship for her journalism job. She is to use the trip as a networking experience, and write about all the wonders of the ship. She meets interesting characters among the ship, and a strange girl in the cabin adjacent to hers. She borrows mascara from the girl who hurriedly pushes Lo out, and to Lo’s surprise she doesn’t show up to the dinner on the ship. After the dinner, and one too many drinks, Lo returns to her cabin to finally get some rest. In the wee hours of the morning, she is jolted awake by what sounds like a scream and then a body hitting the ocean water. She gets up and rushes to her balcony to see blood smeared on the glass door in the cabin next door, the cabin of the girl she met earlier.

The remainder of the novel consists of Lo trying to figure out who the girl is, and what happened to her. She has help from other passengers on the ship, one of which is an ex of hers named Ben. You’ll think you know what’s happening, and who is behind the madness, but there is a twist you definitely won’t see coming. While it wasn’t quite the twist I was expecting, it still surprised me. It wasn’t something I expected, and I think deep down I was hoping for something different, but it was well executed and I consider it a job well done.

Lo Blacklock is a protagonist that has some underlying issues, but is overall a character most can relate to and that you can overall trust. In some aspects, she reminds me of The Girl on the Train’s Rachel Watson, but she’s an overall stronger character with a better grip on life. The minor characters are even written very well. Her boyfriend Judah is sweet, caring and protective. The ex Ben brings out a bad side of Lo, but he’s seen her at her worst and understands her more than anyone. Richard Bullmer is rich and egotistical, but seems like someone you can trust. Carrie is mysterious. There are so many people to look at as a suspect, it’s like a game of clue only there’s nowhere to run when you’re at sea.

This book shows just how far some are willing to go to get what they want and to find the truth. It shows the deepest layers of the desires of mankind. I recommend reading this book in a short timespan so you get the full experience. I’m excited to see what Ruth Ware comes out with next, and I’m also excited to read her debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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