Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, Hardcover, 9781501132933, July 19, 2016, 352pp.

The Short of It:

The Woman in Cabin 10 is seriously hard to put down and every time I did, I was even more excited to pick it up again.

The Rest of It:

Because her boss is unable to make the trip, Lo Blacklock takes her place on the maiden voyage of the Aurora, a luxury cruise ship headed for the fjords of Norway. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Lo, whose journalistic career has been less than stellar. For a travel writer, a trip like this could really turn her career around.

A few days before the trip, her apartment is burglarized and her face-to-face run-in with the burglar prompts her to re-live the anxiety attacks she’s experienced in the past. Armed with anxiety medication and fortified by drink, she decides not to let the incident stop her and boards the ship with a small, but select group of guests. When Lo witnesses what she believes to be a murder, her anxiety spirals out-of-control as she tries to get the ship’s staff to take her seriously.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is what I wanted The Girl on the Train to be. Lo is an unreliable narrator. Her affinity for drink and her anxiety cause you to second guess her at every turn but at the same time, she’s likable and you can’t help but feel sorry for her. The story is good. It keeps you guessing without being too obvious. and the pacing is tight.  It’s suspenseful and twisty in all the right places.

Basically, it’s exactly what you want in a summer read. I am dying to get my hands on more books like this one because it sure gave me something to look forward to while on lunch at work!

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

27 thoughts on “Review: The Woman in Cabin 10”

  1. I love what you said about it being what you had hoped GIRL ON THE TRAIN would have been. That speaks volumes for me.

    1. Yes! Girl on the Train was a great page turner but the story was kind of weak and the main character was just so pathetic. This character, also fond of drink, is much more likable which somehow made it much better for me. Everyone is telling me her first book is even better. I had it on my Kindle before I lost my entire library when I dropped it.

  2. It was a fast-paced read, but too predictable. I wanted more of a shock when it came down to whodunit and it did not deliver. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much though. Sometimes these books hit the spot at the right time 😉

  3. Yay! I’m seeing this book pop up everywhere, and I loved your review. I think this is one of those thrillers that would really hook me, and hopefully not leave me irked at the end (like Gone Girl and The Other Typist did).

    1. I did not like how Gone Girl went. This book was just done well. Someone said maybe it was a little predictable. Perhaps, but my mind was still jumping all over the place.

  4. And here I think she is the very opposite of an unreliable narrator, which I love most of all. I love that we have this woman who is so messed up emotionally and mentally but is, for once, not imagining anything. This is such a refreshing change of pace.

  5. I need to read more creepy books set on cruises. I’ve never been on a cruise, and one of the reasons is that I’m irrationally frightened of being trapped on a boat with a whole bunch of strangers. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. So I think it would be great fun to read a book in which terrible things do actually happen on a boat.

  6. The heroine, though annoyingly kvetchy, is NOT unreliable ! Here’s a good plot mucked up by colorless writing.

  7. I am reading thrillers one right after another now, they seem to be just what I need in a reading slump.

    Also, I was fooling around on Instagram today, passionate about my Midori traveler’s notebook, and came across your page with the reference for Exodus 14:14. It is EXACTLY what I needed for a difficult time in my life, and I wanted to thank you. His Word does not go out void.

  8. I have been passionate about thrillers lately, as they perfectly suit my current lack of ability to focus on a classic. This sounds like a good one to pick up, love unreliable narrators among other things.

    Also, while roaming around Instagram I found your page which included a reference to Exodus 14:14. It was just the verse I needed for a particularly challenging time, so thank you. The Word does not go out void, as we know.

    1. The Woman in Cabin 10 fits the bill. Perfect read. A good page turner for sure.

      So glad you stumbled across my Instagram account and in turn, that Bible verse. I need to remind myself of it repeatedly because I tend to create busy-ness where none exists and miss out on the bigger picture.

    1. The Woman in Cabin 10 is much better. I just didn’t care for Girl on the Train so much. The main protagonist was a real loser to me.

  9. I liked Girl On The Train but did have issues with the lead. Sounds like this one will give me everything that one did and the last missing piece.

    1. I think this one will work better for you. There’s one part that’s a little convenient but I overlooked it because it hit at a good spot in the book and I didn’t want to break my pace!

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