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review 2017-06-30 22:53
Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Book: The Woman in Cabin 10

 

Author: Ruth Ware

 

Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

 

Summary: 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 arrive 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 hears what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers and crew members 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. - Simon & Schuster, 2016.

 

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review 2017-06-29 14:32
Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware,Imogen Church

 

 

Maybe I've read too many books like this one.  Maybe I'm cranky because I stayed up way too late last night finishing this book (I started it too early to "count" for my library's summer-reading program, and didn't finish it soon enough to get started on another book for my summer reading when it officially began on 6/24!).  Keep in mind that this book did propel me forward to wanting to know what happened.  Also ** = "Fair" for me.

 

Laura "Lo" Blacklock, a British travel journalist, goes through a traumatic event when a burglar breaks into her apartment, steals her purse, and traps her in her own bedroom by disabling the doorknob (after slamming the door into her face).  Despite the trauma, which seems to have left her with PTSD, she accepts a plum assignment on a luxury cruise ship, the Aurora Borealis, which will take its press-junket passengers on a Norwegian cruise.  During her first evening, she knocks on the door of Cabin 10, and the young woman inside gives her a mascara, refusing Lo's offer to return it.  Later that night, Lo hears a suspicious splash from the veranda of that cabin and, running out to her own, notices a smear of blood on that neighboring veranda.  She immediately concludes that the young woman she interacted with has been murdered.  

 

The ship's head of security tells her that Cabin 10 is unoccupied, and sure enough, he is able to show her that it is quite empty and clean.  Although he takes her through the motions of speaking with various staff members to try to identify the young woman, he clearly doubts her credibility.  After all, she suffered a trauma in her own apartment, is on anti-anxiety meds, and admittedly consumed alcohol on the night in question.  When the security officer is clearly done with her, Lo pursues her own investigation, enlisting an ex-boyfriend who is on the cruise, Ben Howard, as well as the ship's owner, Lord Richard Bullmer.

 

So, I won't give away anything about the way the mystery unfolds.  Of course, there are elements of "things are not as they seem."  It felt as though it took a long, long time to get to the unraveling.  The day after the incident felt at least four days long.  Once the unraveling occurred, there was another stall-out for a while.  And I guess I would call the resolution semi-satisfying.  And exhausting.  But this is definitely a YMMV type of situation, and if you haven't read too many of these thrillers where a woman disappears, you might enjoy this more than I did.

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review 2016-12-27 21:01
THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by RUTH WARE
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware,Imogen Church

Firstly, am I the only one who sees a little similarity with The Girl on the Train? A woman who is drunk a lot although she keeps internalizing that she needs to stop, can't sleep, with a history of a mental break, who sees something happen and is accused of being paranoid and imagining things. It's slightly different but not by much.

The book was good but not great (at least to me) and here's the problems I had with it. Lo running around and around about this woman who she felt had died - no one believes her, she's being threatened - so instead of just shutting up and waiting until they're at dock to talk to the authorities she won't shut her trap and therefore makes herself a target. Secondly, who goes on a week's vacation - one week! - with their favorite Winnie the Pooh book from childhood. I know the author has plans for that book but it's ridiculous that a grown woman would take this on a week's vacation. And the ending, why? Why would she do that? That makes no sense.

So good but but not great. 3 out of 5 stars

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review 2016-12-27 00:00
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware This story was very suspenseful at times. I was alone in the dark for some of it and started getting that eerie creepy feeling. It did an excellent job of keeping my attention. The female lead finds herself in progressively more scary situations. She can't quit trying to figure out what's going on. Sometimes this helps her and others not so much. Everything is also a little iffy so the reader isn't positive parts aren't happening inside her head.
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review 2016-12-27 00:00
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware This story was very suspenseful at times. I was alone in the dark for some of it and started getting that eerie creepy feeling. It did an excellent job of keeping my attention. The female lead finds herself in progressively more scary situations. She can't quit trying to figure out what's going on. Sometimes this helps her and others not so much. Everything is also a little iffy so the reader isn't positive parts aren't happening inside her head.
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