By: Ruth Ware
Standalone | 340 Pages | Pub. 2016
The Woman in Cabin 10 at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Heroine: Girl just needs a nap
- Dude: Takes hits like a champ
- Steaminess: Def no titanic hand/window situation
- Brutality: At least no one was chopped up by propellers
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“There’s a reason why we keep thoughts inside our heads for the most part—they’re not safe to be let out in public.”
This was my first Ruth Ware book and I really enjoyed it! I love thrillers, but this past year I spent the majority of my time on fantasy and romance. It was a great feeling to get back into the thriller world and since then I have purchased two more so that I won’t end my streak!
Lo Blacklock is a journalist who ends up on a 20 person luxury cruise. A woman goes missing, but Lo is the only person who saw her or even knew that she was on board. So is Lo crazy or is there a cover-up? Similar to The Girl on the Train, Lo has a sleep and alcohol problem. A break-in has caused her to have severe trouble sleeping. Paired with her consistent dependency on alcohol for stress and tendency to overdo it repeatedly, she tiptoes on the border of an unhealthy relationship and simply coping with a traumatic event.
But Lo is relatable. At least to me. How many of us have a horrible day and grab some wine or a cocktail? I know I do. Compound that with insomnia and PTSD from a break-in and you have what the boat security considers an unreliable witness. There were times that I wanted to shake her and tell her to put down her drink, but honestly, in that situation, I would do the same thing so I can’t blame Lo for her behavior.
I am drawn to thrillers that confuse you and make you think that both you and the character are losing your minds. If i’m a little scared, that’s even better. This book didn’t scare me, but I couldn’t figure out who had murdered the mystery woman or if Lo was making it all up. That’s really all I can ask for. I did have an inkling of confusion regarding one of the characters and I turned out to be right which is satisfying and disappointing at the same time.
The Woman in Cabin 10 was a quick and entertaining read, but I never had a WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING OMG moment like I did with Gone Girl. Honestly, I zipped through it and was satisfied, but my mind was not blown. It did prompt me to buy more thrillers, including another Ruth Ware book so we will see where this train takes me!
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