Friday, August 4

Book Review | Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 

"This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.

Except things don't go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer..."

When my flatmate bought this book the blurb caught my attention straight away. I was looking for an easy read after my exams so bought it for my kindle for only £1.99 and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story kept me turning the 'pages' and I finished it in just over a week because I wanted to know what happens. I can’t say too much about the plot that isn’t on the back of the book for fear of giving away the story.

I do get slightly annoyed when books take a while to get to the ‘main part’, which has been described already. The body was thrown overboard around quarter of the way through so I was waiting for it to happen. I understand some background has to be set but still for me this could have happened a little quicker. I also found it difficult to empathise with Lo at the beginning because I felt the way she treated her boyfriend was quite cruel and honestly I don’t like that trait in anyone. However, I did feel that change when you start wanting the other people on the ship to believe Lo then start doubting every other passenger.

Before buying the book I read some of the amazon reviews, which almost put me off. Apart from some people thinking the main character was unlikeable they also said ‘the end was predictable’ which I couldn’t disagree with more. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen and the twist near the end caught me by surprize.

Saying this was the best crime/thriller I’ve ever read wouldn’t be true but I did really enjoy it. Maybe the plot is a little far fetched but they so often are and this story has something different. If you’re looking for a good, easy page turner I’d recommend The Woman in Cabin 10.

Read my last book review: Sandra Ireland's Beneath the Skin

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