I couldn’t wait to devour The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I loved In a Dark, Dark Wood when I read it but my overall feel after finishing this one is deflated.The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on July 19th 2016
Genres: Friendship, Law & Crime, Mystery & Detective
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 novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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 and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.
My thoughts on The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware:
This book was missing the wow factor that I was hyped up for. Initially I thought the pace crawled along and I longed for action. And the characters were hit and miss for me. But then it kicked up a notch and I felt a lot more invested in the plot line.
A big disappointment was Lo, the main character, because I was so indifferent to her. I didn’t love her, I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t really care. Her situation was precarious but I never really felt on the edge of my seat reading this which is what I expected to feel. The cruise ship location did add a sinister vibe as it felt very isolated. But it didn’t move swiftly enough for me to really get caught up in the danger.
Thankfully, it improved! I’d probably rate part 1 as 2 stars and part 2 as 3.5 stars. It was worth persevering with, as it picked up a lot, even if it lacked the wow for me personally. If the mystery had been more complicated or if the characters had been livelier, then I would have rated it a lot higher. I enjoyed the plot but missed that page turning sensation that I love in a good thriller.
And I realise my whole review is sounding a bit meh. Which is unfair as the book isn’t meh, I was just expecting better based on my experiences with Ruth Ware’s previous book.
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Who should read The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware?
I’m so-so about recommending this to you. You need to be aware that it’s slow but it does pick up. If you are ok with that and like the sound of a cruise ship setting, then give it a shot. To be honest, I’d suggest reading Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard first as that captured the cruise ship psychological thriller much more effectively.