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review 2018-04-16 18:12
Woman in Cabin 10 -- mildly entertaining and not offensively bad
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

TL/DR: It's Rear Window on a cruise ship with an able-bodied but addlebrained female protagonist.

 

Protip: If you're on a ship where people are getting murdered and the wifi doesn't work, use your mobile data plan!

 

We had a very long drive this weekend. As usual I lost the vote on what we listened to. I didn't mind this one really, silly as it was. I ruined it for everyone by guessing the villains and the red herrings aloud (to be fair, I had it slightly askew - I got the bad guy(s) but the incorrect victim.)

The hero of this (the second of three Ruth Ware novels I was gifted for Christmas...) is another hapless, whiny woman who drinks too much and is bad at her job. Worse - she gets sea sick and has claustrophobia, but takes a working cruise anyway. Is she a moron? Yes! Is she a lucky moron? Absolutely.

 

"Lo" our hero fails at the most basic of tasks but manages to swim through an icy ocean at night fully clothed, run across Norway and ask for help from every person she can find who will do her harm. It was fun watching Ms. Ware throw obstacles into her path like Wile E Coyote does the Road Runner.

 

Ruth Ware is once again preoccupied with hangovers and drinking. This time, thankfully, she did employ a plot, and even better - women were described by more than the glory of their hair. If you are stuck in a car, there are worse books to listen to. It was mildly entertaining and not offensively bad.

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text 2018-03-23 23:32
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 341 pages.
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

I'm enjoying it, and it reads very smooth and easy, but it's not the most original thing I've ever read. a lot of very familiar scenarios. my favorite Murder Mystery is a "boat trip"--The False Inspector Dew--and some other good ones have created in me a fondness for the sub-genre, so all the claustrophobic effect, and the roster of strangers who may or may not be a threat to the main character, are fun things for me to get into again. we'll see; I have no idea how this book is going to rate with me by the end, but not 5 stars, because 5 stars means something either more original, or something so freakin' cool that it overrides all complaints including "reminds me of such-and-such, a bit". I don't think this is that.

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text 2018-03-23 13:52
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 341 pages.
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

splash.

 

what was that splash? did someone fall off the boat? did someone jump off the boat? was someone pushed off the boat? was...someone dumped off the boat?

 

besides that: Lo drinks too much, and Ben is a jerk.

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text 2018-03-23 01:47
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 341 pages.
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

leaving behind a burglar and a boyfriend, sleep-deprived Lo boards cruise-ship Aurora Borealis. Lo is in Cabin 9, so, who...?

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text 2018-03-22 23:48
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 341 pages.
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

this was a gift, so it's about time that I get to it, so the person who gave it to me doesn't feel slighted. other than that, it does look promising, though I see that a BookLikes buddy gave it only 2 stars. oh well. we'll see.

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