The Woman in Cabin 10

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I have not read any books by Ruth Ware before and this book was recommended to me by a friend. It was an interesting read. The main character, Lo Blacklock, is a journalist who is going on the inaugural cruise of a boutique company. There are several journalists on board and some people that are being courted as investors as well as the owner and his wife. Lo seems to be an unreliable narrator, but the author was able to convince me that she had heard something during the night, even though no one else heard it or seems to believe her. She had been drinking the night before, but isn't deterred and continues to try to investigate on her own. I liked her tenacity. The book does have a surprising ending that left me wondering. This was a very good book and I plan to read more books by this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Gallery Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Ruth Ware's  psychological thriller takes readers on a suspenseful trip to sea, where no one can be trusted and nothing is as it seems. Lo Blacklock is an interesting character, self deprecating and complicating, yet resourceful and determined when necessary. Her resolution to help a woman in distress, as dangerous as it may be, is endearing although her investigative techniques are also a bit maddening. Readers are in for a wild ride, with unexpected developments and thick tension that Ware is quickly becoming known for.
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Thank you very much for allowing me the opportunity to read this book!  I appreciate the kindness. 
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I listened to The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, but found the novel was too long and unrealistic. Some parts were interesting and engaging, but for the most part it was difficult to like any of the characters and the ending was not satisfying. I found Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood to be a much better mystery. 

That being said, I listen to books while I walk. Certain stories are better for walking than others. This book was a good fit. It didn't require intense concentration and the story was easy to follow. It held my attention while exercising and made the time pass quickly. The book is 340 pages; it is not a book to finish overnight, but as I only listen to the novel when I walk, it was a great incentive to get me to do just that.
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I enjoyed this book, although I didn't find it as thrilling as Ware's first novel.  The initial similarities to The Lady Vanishes were intriguing but the book quickly found it's own way.  It did fall apart a little for me in the last act, but overall, it was an enjoyable read.

I enjoyed Ware's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood, very much. I found it thrilling, with many twists and reveals that I did not see coming, and I thought the main character, while having some issues, was a strong woman who worked hard to uncover the novel's secrets. Her second book, The Woman in Cabin 10, does create some suspense as a thriller and I was eager to finish the book to see how it ends, but it doesn't advance Ware's standing as a mystery writer. While there was one moment I did not anticipate, the central mystery of the book seems very obvious from the beginning. Perhaps I've read too many Agatha Christies and other mysteries, but the premise is very old fashioned. The book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be - a cozy, Christie style mystery (a murder in a closed community with a limited number of suspects) or a woman in peril thriller - not that it can't be both, but Ware doesn't pull that off here. The mystery is not solved by the protagonist, merely revealed and there are many loose ends that are left unresolved, something Agatha Christie and other Golden Age mystery and their followers would not have done. Ware is a good writer and her she creates fascinating and complex female narrators and I look forward to her next book. This one just misses the mark.
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A perfect chilling read for summer. Psychological suspense that takes place on the water, a woman traveling alone sees another woman go missing. Builds to a tense surprise ending. Loved it.
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I enjoyed this book for what it was, but found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I would most thrillers. It felt trite and too close to a standard formula for me to enjoy beyond just a fun, quick read.
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I loved Ruth Ware’s debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood

Travel journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a body thrown overboard from the cabin next door to hers, 
she has had too much to drink, and trying to convince people she has seen the body thrown overboard is a hardship,

This is a good read an one that kept me gripped, I loved the suspense and I think readers will love the superb plot and the the drama
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Ruth Ware is a genius at creating tension and suspense, and The Woman in Cabin 10 is proof of that. This book grips you and compels you to keep reading, nervous as to the final outcome. Definitely a quick read!
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The Woman In Cabin 10 is Ruth Ware's second book.  The audio was narrated by Imogen Church and she did a marvelous job.  Lo Blacklock is a travel journalist that is invited on a luxury cruise and finds it much more harrowing than she expected.  Lo is a nervous sort of person and it doesn't help that she's been the victim of a burglary a couple of days before the cruise leaves.  Plus the ship itself is smaller than she imagined - a boutique cruise.  The other passengers are journalists and investors.  Lo wakes up the first night and thinks she hears someone falling overboard and a scream.  She reports this to ship security, but feels like no one believes her.  The whole book reinforced my resolve to stay off of boats.  I get motion sick anyway.  The story was suspenseful and I was surprised a few times.  Recommended.
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Ruth Ware's books have received a lot of attention and readers, so I was looking forward to reading this when it was picked as one of our books to read for our genre study at the library.   Travel magazine journalist, Lo Blacklock, takes medicine for her anxiety which becomes even more pronounced after a break-in and then her relationship with her boyfriend moves to rocky ground. She then is assigned to cover the launch of a new luxury cruise ship cruising from the UK to Norway which she hopes will advance her career.  She's been enjoying the luxury cruise on this small ship which has only 10 cabins when she awakes one evening after hearing a scream. She gets up and sees a body being thrown overboard and blood on the veranda of Cabin 10, the one next to hers.  When she reports what happened, she is told that everyone is accounted for and the person who books Cabin 10 never arrived, but she had met a lady in that cabin who loaned her some mascara.  She can't get anyone to listen to her and the staff in charge think it's a reaction to her break-in and the drugs she's been taken.  She starts investigating on her own and finds some mysterious happenings, putting her in danger.  This book is another one along the lines of Girl on the Train where drugs and alcohol could be messing with the protagonist's memory/perception.  I enjoyed the book, but I didn't find it to be as compelling as I had hoped and am a little surprised by all the fabulous reviews it received.  If you enjoy psychological thrillers you might want to give this one a try.  I do think, however, there are better ones out there.
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Great thriller, good characters and setting. Very easy read would definitely recommend.
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One of the best books I have read this year. This book hooks you and never lets go. I recommend it to anyone who asks me for a recommendation and immediately bought it for the school library. I rated it 5 stars on goodreads and added it to the "books I love" shelf. Here is my short review posted on goodreads: "Great Thriller! If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will like this. I prefer this over The Girl on the Train, but feel the main characters are similar."
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I just returned from Lake Tahoe and took some thrillers with me.  I love me a good engrossing thriller, especially when on vacation. When I opened the The Woman in Cabin 10, I knew I was not in for classic literature, but rather a best-selling, page turning thriller.

Ms. Ware sets us up with our main character, Lo Blacklock experiencing a harrowing home break in and assault. Although clearly shaken up, her job as a travel journalist requires her to embark on an exclusive luxury yacht trip.  This trip is her chance to write an important piece for her magazine.  The boat cruising through the North Seas provides a claustrophobic atmosphere and with only a few other carefully chosen passengers and crew, the premise had high creepy potential.

Lo wakes suddenly in the middle of the night and hears a body being tossed overboard. Here was my first niggle -- now wait a minute, what does a body being pushed overboard sound like?  How did she instantly recognize the noise as a body and how could she even hear the noise in the rough North Sea waters?  Hmmmm

I forged on with The Woman in Cabin 10 not wanting to believe what was unfurling as a contrived and obvious plot.  I was sure I couldn't have figured it out while only half-way through.  The optimist in me kept thinking there will be an unexpected twist, this bestseller has got to have something more than such a transparent storyline.

To make matters even worse for this poor reader, Lo Blacklock is a mess.  Haven't we had enough unreliable narrators?  Lo drinks too much, is on anti-anxiety medication, complains incessantly, is self-pitying, weak, and beyond paranoid.  She's supposedly a journalist, but she didn't interview anyone and never opened a notebook. By the second half of the book, I hoped the murderer would off her --- please, just toss her whiny ass overboard.

As a crime thriller, it lacked suspense and actually got boring in places -- especially with the redundant, ad nauseam inner thoughts of Lo. The characters act illogically and much of the plot is disjointed.

There are good modern crime thrillers out there - try Harriett Lane
or  Gone Girl  both had originality and good writing, but sorry to report -- not The Women in Cabin 10.

Ms. Ware's debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, got very good reviews, so perhaps The Woman in Cabin 10 suffers from the dreaded second book curse.

A digital review copy was provided by Gallery/Scout Press via Netgalley.
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I seem to be always on the opposite side of these kinds of stories. I thought Gone Girl was one of the worst books I'd ever read, mostly because I despised the main characters, and I thought Girl on a Train was insipid. And what do you know? They both were runaway best sellers. So it is the same with Woman in Cabin 10. By the end, I was fervently hoping the main character would just jump in the sea. I argue about this with my daughter all the time, as she absolutely loved this. For it's wide appeal, I'll recommend it, but it is not my cup o tea.
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I absolutely loved this book.  From start to finish, it had me hooked.  I loved the main character, and all of the ordeals she went through in the story.  This is a definite must read!
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Another superb tale of suspense from Ruth Ware   !
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Woman in Cabin 10 is an Agatha Christie style murder mystery on a tiny cruise ship heading into the frigid waters of Norway. It is summer here in north Georgia and the pea soup humidity and oppressive heat have me heading to my recliner with a glass of ice tea. I need an ocean breeze to cool things off. Ready, set, read. When I finished, I felt somewhat disappointed about the ending but nonetheless enjoyed the book.

Laura “Lo” Blacklock, a budding travel journalist, is one of a handful of invited passengers on the tiny luxury cruise ship, the Aurora Borealis, as she sets out on her maiden voyage to Norway. The Aurora, small in stature with only 10 luxury suites, has full cruise line amenities and service staff. The Northern Lights Company and its director, Lord Richard Bullmer, hope to find interested investors and to earn complimentary publicity to further the Aurora’s niche market.

Lo’s apartment is burglarized while she is home just before the launch. The home invasion serves no other purpose than to start the story out on edge. We learn that Lo suffers from life-long panic attacks and chronic insomnia that she treats with antidepressants and copious amounts of alcohol. Despite the untimely severe flare of her panic attacks, Lo heads to the ship self-medicated and hung-over – desperate for sleep. Can you spell C-r-a-n-k-y?

Cabin #9 has been reserved for Lo. As she dresses for dinner she discovers she has forgotten her mascara. Hearing movement next door, she hopes she can get a tube from the resident of Cabin #10. A young woman, dressed casually, answers abruptly, hands a tube of mascara to Lo, and slams the door.

Later that first night, Lo hopes to meet the mystery woman at dinner. The remaining key characters (aside from the crew) in this who-dunnit-it glide, elegantly adorned, one by one into the small formal dining room.  There are two tables arranged to seat 12 people. The one empty seat, Lo surmises, is meant for the mystery woman in cabin #10 who has chosen to skip the meal.

Late one night, Lo hears a scream and the sound like something heavy hitting the water. She races to her small balcony and sees what she believes to be blood on the balcony next door and a hand disappearing into the deep. She rings for security and relays what she has seen and heard. A search is conducted but no one, crew or passenger, is found missing.

Unable to get anyone to believe there is a mystery woman aboard the ship and she was murdered, Lo sets out on her own to find clues. The harder she tries to raise the alarm, the more everyone points to her prescribed drug use, insomnia and heavy drinking to discredit her claims. Yet, someone knows what happened! And they let Lo know she was right. The mystery for the reader becomes- Who is warning Lo to “stop digging”?

The climax of the story seemed to me to have too many loose ends. As the story ramps up in the final pages,what was intended to be tension and suspense felt more like chaos and strange. Too many unconnected events. The story could have been improved with fewer characters and more attention to details but overall a quick and easy read.

Most importantly, as expected, the murderer is disclosed..or were they?

I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for the advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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A satisfying ending to this mystery. Enjoyable read with the correct equations of terror, suspense, and whodunit!
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