Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

"" and very well written..." "


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 event 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 cabin 10, 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.

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Set on a boat, the number of suspects is limited. Ware gives each of them opportunity or suspicion. Ware tries to lead the reader subtly by dropping possible clues as to why a person could be responsible for the crime, which I felt very 'Christie-esque'. When finally the killer and their motive were revealed, I felt it fell a little flat due to being somewhat unbelievable. Whilst I believed in the motive, the plot itself didn't work for me. After finishing the book and going back over the plot in my mind, some of the links were tenuous at best. Please don't think I am entirely negative about this book. I am quite conflicted about this title, which can be a good thing. I enjoyed reading it, found it fast-paced and very well written, but conversely many things irritated me. Lo herself wasn't the easiest protagonist to warm to. She struck me as indecisive, flaky, weak and needy. I almost started shouting at her as the story progressed. Despite some of my comments, I still think this is worth a recommendation.

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