The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, 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.
Publisher: New York :, Scout Press,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781501151774
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAR
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Woman in cabin ten


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amf_0 May 02, 2017

Quick-to-read suspense novel that would be a good beach read... featuring a plucky but traumatized heroine who encounters a mystery aboard a cruise ship bound for Norway's fjords.

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Sep 19, 2017

Preferred The Lying Game but still a good book. Really enjoyed it, some great lines. Very good narrator, same as Lying Game.

Sep 15, 2017

Very disappointed in this book. There seemed to be so much hype regarding it, I was expecting something more. Did not find it compelling or suspenseful, couldn't sympathize with the main character. It was very slow moving for me and the story didn't seem to know where it should be going. I ended up just continuing to read in order to finish it (it did pick up a bit near the end) but I wish I had spent time reading something more worthwhile. Wouldn't recommend it.

Aug 28, 2017

The Woman in Cabin 10 was an easy read and had an interesting plot. The ending was not something I had predicted (which is good since it kept me reading). I had difficulty sympathizing with the main character even with the story being told from her perspective. It's a bit hard to relate to the heroine and I don't know enough about PTSD and anxiety disorders to know if the writer did a good job portraying it. I felt like the writing could have done more to justify her actions and choices because she just seemed like an annoyingly paranoid lunatic the entire time. Arguably, this could have been the intention of the writer all along.

Overall, the story was interesting but frustrating at times and will definitely induce some eye rolling from critical readers. I'm not sure I would recommend this to a friend.

Aug 26, 2017

This is a really hard book to review because it's very uneven. It's divided into several "parts", each of which consists of several chapters. Most of the parts end with some sort of communication (email, newspaper article, etc.) relating to the story but not part of the core story. These endings are the author's most effective tool for building suspense. Without them, I'm not sure I would have made it to the second half of the book.

The first two parts were deathly dull. We meet the main character, Lo (short for Laura) whose main character traits appear to be "drinks a lot" and "is mean to her boyfriend". Not the most compelling heroine. I really should have felt bad for her given the opening events, but I didn't. The author didn't convince me to like her first.

When the heroine finally gets to the boat and we finally encounter "the woman in cabin 10", the story starts to get somewhat more interesting. I still felt like I was mostly killing time for the middle section of the book though.

It was only when I got to the last third or so that the suspense really picked up. The last third(ish) of this book is excellent. Unfortunately, it's dragged down by the first two thirds(ish). I'd really like to give separate star ratings to each section but, since I can't, I'll average it out to somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 stars.

Aug 25, 2017

A disappointing read. Apart from my personal dislike of the main character (which is purely subjective), I found the writer unnecessarily long-winded. The constant repetition of plot points and character traits as the main character went over and over her self-doubt before the story moved forward frustrated me to the point that I skimmed most of the second half. It did have a satisfying ending but I wouldn't recommend it to mystery fans.

Aug 13, 2017

Very dark, cruel, and black hearted. Not sure why so many people want to read it. I wish I had not, very depressing.

Aug 11, 2017

How did this poor heroine survive? She starts out tired, traumatized, constantly drunk; then she gets on the luxury cruise that she hopes will advance her career--and continues being tired and traumatized because of a strange event early in the story. Yet she survives impossible perils with a razor-sharp mind in the face of really unbelievable danger. It's a story just full of holes. However, I do have to admit that it kept me reading!

Aug 07, 2017

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie-- I read this book a few days ago when it was gloomy and raining all day. It was as fun way to spend the day.

Jul 24, 2017

Gave up half way through.

Jul 22, 2017

Hard to empathize with the heroine, an anxiety-ridden drunk, plus a whole boatload of characters/suspects to keep in order, but, all in all, a pretty good read. Just pay attention to the dates, and the ending will make sense to you, hopefully.

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May 09, 2017

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Jan 17, 2017

"I love ports. I love the smell of tar and sea air, and the scream of the gulls. Maybe it's years of taking the ferry to France for summer holidays, but a harbor gives me a feeling of freedom in a way that an airport never does. Airports say work and security checks and delays. Ports say... I don't know. Something completely different. Escape, maybe.” - p. 34


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