ARC Review: The Woman in Cabin 10


The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Series: Standalone
Rating: B-

The Woman in Cabin 10” is a surprisingly fast paced read. It dives straight into a tense situation within the first few pages and keeps up that pace for nearly the entire story.

Journalist Lo Blacklock is covering the maiden voyage of a small and very exclusive cruise ship when she’s awoken in the middle of the night to a scream and splash from the cabin next to hers. Dashing to her balcony, she finds blood on the darkened partition separating her side from the other room. Convinced something horrible has happened to the woman staying in that cabin, Lo alerts the ship’s crew. By the time they arrive, the blood has vanished and she’s told that no one was staying there. After a quick headcount reveals all guests and crew accounted for, Lo is written off as imagining things. When the internet connection on the ship is cut-off and things start to go missing from her room, Lo realizes she may have attracted the attention of a murderer.

Lo is a hot mess. She suffers from extreme anxiety, which is only exasperated by several events that take place right before she boards the ship. Determined to prove herself, she attempts to dull the edge of her worry with an excessive amount of booze. This does nothing to help her case when the time comes to lay out the story of what she heard next door. From there, Lo makes a series of bad decisions that blow up in her face and land her in progressively hotter water with everyone on board. While I was often frustrated with Lo for the choices she made, I couldn’t help but like her.

My only qualm with the book is that the big reveal, which was supposed to be a twist, was rather predictable. Additionally, the very end was a little anti-climactic. While I don’t need a big show down, I had been hoping for something a little more exciting than how the situation ultimately played out. Still, I enjoyed the ride.

The claustrophobic and trapped feeling of being on a boat with nothing but strangers and a possible killer was done well. If you’re a fan of thrillers where the protagonist is isolated, then you’ll enjoy “The Woman in Cabin 10”.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

7 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

  1. Great review! I’m looking forward to this one, and while I’m sorry to hear the end was a bit predictable, the ride sounds fun! I also am leery of characters that make frustrating decisions, but sounds like she’s likable enough in spite of her issues. And the claustrophobic/ isolated nature of this- I’m always a sucker for that. 🙂 So I’ll go in with my expectations in check… thanks for sharing!

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    • Yeah, some of her decisions were frustrating but it never made me want to put the book down. Mostly because I understood why she was making those decisions. She rationalized them well enough that while I disagreed I saw why she was taking that course of action. I hope you like this book when you get around to reading it!


  2. This sounds tense! I love cruising, but I can’t imagine how scary it would be to be trapped at sea with a killer on the loose. Have you ever head of Day Four by Sarah Lotz? That’s another creepy thriller/horror set on a cruise ship, I think you might find it interesting!

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