Monday, July 9, 2018

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I picked this one up at a used bookstore last summer and it has been on my shelf ever since. I've seen it around and know it has been a popular book, but thrillers aren't really my thing even though they're a huge trend in books right now. However, summer vacation has begun and so has my summer reading. I thought this would be a fun place to start.

I was right. It's far from being the most exciting book I've ever read but it was a good, suspenseful read. I was intrigued enough to want to keep reading and even stayed up late a couple of nights to keep reading. That's not a luxury I allow myself during the school year!

This is the story of Laura (Lo) Blacklock, a travel journalist who is just about to embark on a luxury cruise ship with only 10 cabins. She is trying to advance in her career and this could be the opportunity she has been looking for to help her make her mark. However, just days before her departure, her home is broken into leaving Lo feeling nervous and afraid. She has always had panic attacks which she was managing with medication but now they are resurfacing. She can't sleep and is constantly afraid. She hopes the trip will allow her some time to relax and get her fears under control.

The first night on board she meets the small group of people she's travelling with, including her ex-boyfriend. There are other journalists, a few investors and a very helpful staff all travelling together. After a lovely dinner and a few too many drinks, Lo returns to her room to finally try to get some sleep. She is awakened by a scream and a splash and she's convinced she's just heard a body be thrown overboard from the cabin next door. There had been a woman in there earlier (Lo had borrowed some mascara from her) but that woman hadn't appeared at dinner. When Lo calls the ship's security to come investigate they don't seem to believe her and tell her that no one was registered to stay in that cabin and he shows her that the cabin is uninhabited. Everyone else on board is accounted for, and no one believes that she saw a woman in that cabin earlier. So what did Lo hear, who went overboard, and where did that woman go? Who was she?

One of my problems with thrillers is that they take too long to end. Even after you have figured out the mystery there are still a bunch of scary situations thrown in just to keep you on the edge of your seat a big longer. I really hate that. She could have cut about 20 pages out of the end of the book and still had a great story.

Again, it wasn't the greatest mystery I've ever read but it was fun and it was a page turner. If you are looking for a book to take on vacation, this would be a great one.


  1. Hi Sue,
    I have also read this book. It was short and easy, but I realized that thrillers are not for me. One Book One community has chosen one this year- Linwood Barclay's "Broken Promise".
    Here is my conclusion about thrillers:
    I came to the conclusion that I am unable to appreciate any of these books. They reflect too much of the horrors of the world and I find them neither interesting nor informative- certainly not thrilling.
    Keep on blogging.
    I am trying to put my blog into a book- quite a challenge.

  2. Yes! That is exactly how I feel too! I see enough of this stuff on the news, I don't need to read about it for fun.