Published by Gallery Books on July 19, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Adult
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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.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware was the March selection for my neighborhood book club. I was very happy with the decision, since the book had been on my TBR list and this gave me an excuse to bump it to the top. I ultimately decided to go with the audiobook, since I had some credits at Audible that I needed to use.
The book hit the ground running with action, but then slowed to a crawl when Lo boarded the ship. My biggest pet peeve with her was that she didn’t seem to be doing any work! How could she have forgotten to look at her itinerary?! Why isn’t she taking any notes or pictures? That was driving me nuts. I kept wanting to shout at her, “you’re here for WORK – do your job!”.
Another complaint – one that seems to be a common – is that several of the characters weren’t very fleshed out and were easily forgettable. I kept having to try to remember who was who on the ship. Lo also occasionally reminded me of the main character from The Girl on the Train – she drank too much, she had some personal issues, and she made some poor decisions. For this reason, people found her unreliable, which also makes the reader wonder if we can trust her.
About 3/4 of the way through, the action suddenly picks up. It twists, it turns – it gets really GOOD! I enjoyed the direction that it took and how things played out. I just wish it would’ve happened sooner and not been rushed at the end. Overall, the ending made it worthwhile (and one I’d recommend). I enjoyed the narrator’s voice, and we all know that can make or break an audiobook! This was the second book by Ruth Ware, and I definitely want to check out her first.
Most of the women in my book club enjoyed the book, and we had a great discussion about it. One woman even had an interesting theory about a character’s involvement that wasn’t in the story, but was very plausible! I can’t share, since I’m staying spoiler-free. Our group is made up of around 10-15 women ranging in age and reading preferences. We have a librarian, a couple of bookworms (including yours truly), some casual readers, and one or two who never read the book but come for the wine and girl-time. We bring wine and appetizers or desserts to share, and we alternate whose home we use for our meetings. We usually meet every six weeks, to allow plenty of time for the book to be acquired and read. If you have any questions about starting your own book club, I’d be happy to help! Ours has been going strong for over 2 years now.