Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Imagine you’re invited to join the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship through the North Sea. There are only a handful of cabins on the beautiful yacht and enough crew members to take care of every possible thing you can imagine. Everything seems to be going perfectly well until you wake up in the middle of your first night and hear the sounds of something heavy being thrown overboard from the balcony beside yours. There’s only one thing you can imagine making that kind of splash as it hits the water… but when the ship is searched the next morning, no passengers or crew members are found to be missing.

Were you mistaken in what you heard? Are you crazy? Is someone working hard to cover up a murder?

When Lo Blacklock steps aboard the Aurora, she thinks the next week is exactly what’s needed to prove she’s ready for the next phase of her career. Lo writes for a luxury travel magazine and thanks to her editor’s maternity leave, has finally been given the opportunity to travel for her job and actually experience the luxury she describes in her articles. She’s expecting a week full of extravagant parties, relaxing spa treatments, and beautiful sightseeing. She’s not expecting to be thrown into the middle of a sinister plot in which a woman who seems never to have existed disappears.

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The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware builds up suspense throughout with the help of clever twists and a fast pace. As more clues indicating that something terrible happened on the Aurora appear, reasons for doubting Lo’s story also begin surfacing. Was there ever really a woman in Cabin 10? Was she thrown overboard? Is someone coming after Lo?

This suspenseful thriller is a great quick summer read if you enjoy thrillers. It is very similar to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but if you enjoyed the original, you will probably enjoy this one as well. In all honesty, I found Lo, although still not fantastic, a much more likeable character than Rachel. My major complaint about the novel is that it’s not overly realistic, but it was entertaining and enthralling.

I gave The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads because I found it such a compulsive read, but it just wasn't unique enough to earn five. I also always find myself drawn to thrillers when I'm in the bookstore, but don't actually enjoy reading them because I tend to get too into them and slightly freaked out. #nightmares. If you do measure the success of a thriller by its ability to give readers nightmares, this one was a triumph for me.

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