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Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

51pRNxDtJtLThe Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: 30th June 2016
Buy: HardbackKindle
What They Say:

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, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.

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, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…

My Review

I read Ruth Ware’s debut novel In A Dark, Dark Wood last year and while it was a good thriller, it wasn’t my favourite that I read last year, but I was really looking forward to her new book The Woman In Cabin 10, regardless, because I do like a good thriller, and there are not many thrillers set at sea (in fact the only other one I can think of is Catherine Ryan Howard’s book Distress Signals). The Woman In Cabin 10 was the first book I’ve read in a while that I finished the same day, that hasn’t been happening for my recently, so this was a big bonus for me. I just couldn’t put it down and I had to know exactly what was going on with that woman in cabin 10.

The thing about this book is that Lo is not exactly a reliable narrator. There’s a break-in in her house at the start of the novel, and that kind of sets the tone for her. She’s anxious, she’s overthinking everything, every noise is frightening and every move she makes has to be done making sure she’s locked the door, checked and double checked. So you can kind of understand why barely anyone believes her when it comes to this mysterious woman in cabin 10 – a woman so mysterious that no one knows she’s there, and the cabin itself is spotless. But I actually believed Lo’s every word, because there was just something about her that I trusted, and you could hardly blame her for being hyper-aware of everything since the break-in.

The Woman In Cabin 10 was such a compulsive read. My heart was pounding in places, and it’s the kind of read that has you looking over your shoulder to make sure your stuff isn’t being moved, it really sets you on edge as the reader, and suffice to say if I’m offered the opportunity (highly unlikely) to go on a luxury cruise I will be saying no, thank you. I wouldn’t go anyway because I get sea-sick, but I most definitely wouldn’t go now, because who knows who you’re on board with?!?! That’s how this book made me feel, nervous and tense. Heart-racing, fingers itching to get to the end, because I just needed Lo to figure it all out. I didn’t figure it out, so I needed Lo to do that for me. I was genuinely oblivious.

The ending of this book is the best, though. I’m not encouraging readers to just skip to the end (because you’ll miss an awesome story, that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat), but the ending really was amazing. I had a wry smile there, at the end, because the way it all unfolds, and the events that occur… It was just brilliant, and completely true to the characters. This was such a great read. The tone was perfect from start to finish – I mean you are literally on edge the entire novel, from that break-in at the start, to all the stuff on board, there is just no let up, right until the very, very end. This is a top-notch thriller.


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