- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (30 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846558905
- ISBN-13: 978-1846558900
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 433 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train in this stupendously good read… Scary and unsettling, it’s edge-of-your-seat stuff" (Sun on Sunday)
"A tense, moody drama set on a press trip that goes horribly wrong… Ware has produced a fantastic variation on the woman-in-peril theme, with a plucky protagonist and a brilliantly claustrophobic setting" (Joan Smith Sunday Times)
"A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller" (Stylist)
"A fantastic read. A fog-enshrouded cruise ship, a twisty puzzle of a murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie, and unrelenting suspense. Batten down the hatches and prepare to read it in one sitting!" (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)
"The Woman in Cabin 10 is an edge-of-your-seat thriller full of great characters and twists" (Reese Witherspoon)
"[It] channels Agatha Christie’s murders at sea in a satisfying contemporary direction." (Mark Lawson Guardian, Book of the Year)
"Taut and provocative " (Independent)
"This atmospheric thriller will have you gripped " (Closer)
"Ware's virtues are gloriously old-fashioned: an ability to combine a sense of menace with the lightness of touch...and sharp prose." (Sunday Express)
"I absolutely swallowed it whole; she takes that classic golden-age premise of a locked room and turns it into something completely right for the twenty-first century" (Erin Kelly)
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The Woman in Cabin 10 is about a young woman named Lo Blacklock, who is a travel journalist. She accepts an assignment on the maiden voyage of a small cruise ship, which she believes will help her open doors and possibly get her promoted. All starts of well onboard, with just a handful of luxury cabins, but when Lo think she witnesses a woman being thrown overboard, the cruise takes a downward turn. With all the passengers on the ship accounted for, who was the woman in cabin 10?
First off, I really liked the setting. Set on a small cruise ship with only a handful of accessible rooms, it helped you realise the feeling of unease. There really was no escape for Lo, who has no idea about who the potential murderer could be and if they will strike again. The more she digs to try and get information, the more this seems possible. I did get a sense of cabin fever reading this though, as it was set in the same small area constantly. If the cruise ship had been a bit bigger, this might have been avoided, but then it may have caused the book to have a completely different tone and atmosphere.
On to the characters, as another reviewer mentioned on Goodreads, I absolutely hated Lo. She reminded me so much of the main character in The Girl on the Train, Rachel. Both are heavily dependent on alcohol and are really dislikable. All Lo does is moan and make stupid decisions, which again she moans about later - countless times she asks herself "how could I have been so stupid?". You'd think with all that was going on she'd be a bit more cautious and take more time to think about things. She is also horrible to the people around her - her ex, Ben, and her current partner, Judah. Whilst she was dislikable, I sometimes think that it is good for the main characters in books to be like this. It shows that they are flawed and makes them seem more human, I think. I also liked the fact that a lot of emphases was put on her mental health as I think that this is hugely important; there is also a lot of stigma shown to this by the other characters that I think is present in everyday life. Mental health is something that shouldn't be shied away from in order to make characters more likable.
At times I often found it too difficult to keep up with the other characters - there were just so many. Throughout the book, I constantly had to flick back to see who was who. I did like that they all seemed like they could be villains and I had no idea who was behind throwing the woman overboard.
The final reveal occurred somewhat earlier than I expected, and I didn't see it coming at all. I would say that the book was a bit unrealistic overall, however.
As I said, this is the first book I've read by Ruth Ware, and because I really enjoyed it, I will definitely be picking up her debut and her next book which is due out soon.
EDIT: I picked up her debut novel not long after this. "In a Dark Dark Wood" is nowhere near as good as this and so I'd recommend reading this first.
This is trash. Light, easy to read, page-turning trash that you machine through. While I enjoyed it I guessed the plot about 100 pages in - hardly the most sophisticated or ingenious of twists. Also the main female protagonist was a terrible bitch. Whiney, unreasonable and highly irritating. AND the majority of the characters were two-dimensional, cliched card-board cut outs, with not a hint of irony.
I kept reading because I enjoyed the pace, love crime (even crap crime) and genuinely was interested in how it was going to play out, though I was inevitably left a little disappointed.
I seem to remember enjoying Ruth’s first book, ‘In a dark wood’, but I’m afraid to say that I almost gave up on this one, partly through boredom. But I stuck it out to the end, hoping it would improve, but sadly it didn’t.
It is a shame, because the idea would have made a brilliant short story, in a fraction of the text produced for the novel. Most of this text is redundant ‘padding’, and particularly the preamble which I found completely unnecessary, and added very little to the story. It starts well before the main character - Laura, known as Lo(!) - is even aboard the ship, and does little to capture the interest of the reader. Start as late as possible is the point here.
Then there is the overall plausibility of Lo(!), who has seen something mildly odd in terms of someone in a cabin that is supposed to be empty, heard a scream and a splash that (she thinks) could have been someone going overboard, and seen what might have been a body in the water and blood smeared on the balcony panel. All of which seems quite circumstantial. Admittedly, most people would have reported this and then left it there, especially with the free hospitality and copy to write for a travel magazine. But not Lo(!), who like a dog with a bone, can’t let go. To say more would give too much away, but I found this behaviour very unrealistic, and the reader is left unsure about what is exactly driving it. It feels more a study of a psychiatric condition than a thriller.
Most of the story takes place aboard a small but luxurious cruise ship. Lo(!) feels claustrophobic, and so does the reader.
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