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The Woman in Cabin 10 Kindle Edition
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From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware's new compulsive page-turner.
'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train'
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 break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.
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 that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...
'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train in this stupendously good read… Scary and unsettling, it’s' edge-of-your-seat stuff' The Sun
'A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller' Stylist
'A tense, moody drama set on a press trip that goes horribly wrong… Ware has produced a fantastic variation on the woman-in-peril theme, with a plucky protagonist and a brilliantly claustrophobic setting' Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
A tense, moody drama set on a press trip that goes horribly wrong… Ware has produced a fantastic variation on the woman-in-peril theme, with a plucky protagonist and a brilliantly claustrophobic setting -- Joan Smith ― Sunday Times
A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller ― Stylist
A fantastic read. A fog-enshrouded cruise ship, a twisty puzzle of a murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie, and unrelenting suspense. Batten down the hatches and prepare to read it in one sitting! -- Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
The Woman in Cabin 10 is an edge-of-your-seat thriller full of great characters and twists -- Reese Witherspoon --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B019CGXYRS
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (30 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3823 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 46,720 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What do you do when you’re sure you’ve witnessed a murder on a small luxury cruiser...but all of the passengers have been accounted for and no one believes you? This is the fate of travel writer Laura “Lo” Blacklock who’s dream assignment has turned into her worst nightmare. With past traumas haunting her Lo has to battle inner demons as she is in her own in trying to get to the truth of what happened.
As in her first novel Ware has set her book in a remote locale (a cruise ship in the middle of the North Sea) and taken her protagonist on a psychological roller coaster.
TWIC10 has an interesting array of characters, a well used but excellently executed plot line that leaves the reader unsure of many characters fates until the end (the use of “future” events interspersed with the story’s narrative helps build the uncertainty) and a constant pace that doesn’t let up.
If there is one minor gripe however is that the main character does tend to repeat herself and her thoughts throughout the book without really adding to the story.
Overall though TWIC10 is a solid follow up novel which shows that Ruth Ware is a talented story teller and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.
With the feel of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with the essence of a Hitchcock thriller TWIC10 gets 3.5 mysterious murder victims out of 5.
Ensconced in the tight (but relatively safe) confines of my car, I could picture Lo’s growing panic trapped aboard the boat with a killer only too well – and nobody willing to believe her story. Ironically, at the same time, I was yearning for just such a luxury trip, and bemoaning Lo’s persistence to pursue the story. Chill, Lo, just sit in the hot-tub and sip champagne! With Lo being slightly on the neurotic side (an understatement) and not disinclined to imbibe in alcohol to self-medicate her PTSD, there is of course always that niggling doubt as to how reliable her reality really is. Is Lo going crazy? Is her paranoia not stepping slightly over the conspiracy-theory line? Was there ever even a girl in Cabin 10? But every time I thought I had worked it all out, Ware managed to toss another curveball, throw a bit of tense action into the mix. I especially loved the inclusion of the “now” elements into the story, the emails and blog posts concerning Lo’s disappearance. So very well done!
This was an extremely tense, claustrophobic and nail-bitingly intense read that kept me guessing throughout, and had me sitting quietly in my carport late at night still listening to “just a few more minutes” because I absolutely had to find out what happens next. Praise also goes to Imogen Church, whose voice was perfect for Lo’s character and made listening all the more compelling and enjoyable!
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claustrophobia and lack of medication then suddenly she is running away across the countryside of northern Norway without clothes, shoes and with a badly sprained ankle!The plot was disjointed and the characters were cardboard but the author annoyed me more. If you want your luxury yacht to sail from Hull at least check a map and find out where Hull is! No way does anyone leave "Hull harbour" and set off across the North Sea - Hull is not a sea port, it's a river port.
This is trash. Light, easy to read, page-turning trash that you machine through. While I enjoyed it I guessed the plot about 100 pages in - hardly the most sophisticated or ingenious of twists. Also the main female protagonist was a terrible bitch. Whiney, unreasonable and highly irritating. AND the majority of the characters were two-dimensional, cliched card-board cut outs, with not a hint of irony.
I kept reading because I enjoyed the pace, love crime (even crap crime) and genuinely was interested in how it was going to play out, though I was inevitably left a little disappointed.
The Woman in Cabin 10 is about a young woman named Lo Blacklock, who is a travel journalist. She accepts an assignment on the maiden voyage of a small cruise ship, which she believes will help her open doors and possibly get her promoted. All starts of well onboard, with just a handful of luxury cabins, but when Lo think she witnesses a woman being thrown overboard, the cruise takes a downward turn. With all the passengers on the ship accounted for, who was the woman in cabin 10?
First off, I really liked the setting. Set on a small cruise ship with only a handful of accessible rooms, it helped you realise the feeling of unease. There really was no escape for Lo, who has no idea about who the potential murderer could be and if they will strike again. The more she digs to try and get information, the more this seems possible. I did get a sense of cabin fever reading this though, as it was set in the same small area constantly. If the cruise ship had been a bit bigger, this might have been avoided, but then it may have caused the book to have a completely different tone and atmosphere.
On to the characters, as another reviewer mentioned on Goodreads, I absolutely hated Lo. She reminded me so much of the main character in The Girl on the Train, Rachel. Both are heavily dependent on alcohol and are really dislikable. All Lo does is moan and make stupid decisions, which again she moans about later - countless times she asks herself "how could I have been so stupid?". You'd think with all that was going on she'd be a bit more cautious and take more time to think about things. She is also horrible to the people around her - her ex, Ben, and her current partner, Judah. Whilst she was dislikable, I sometimes think that it is good for the main characters in books to be like this. It shows that they are flawed and makes them seem more human, I think. I also liked the fact that a lot of emphases was put on her mental health as I think that this is hugely important; there is also a lot of stigma shown to this by the other characters that I think is present in everyday life. Mental health is something that shouldn't be shied away from in order to make characters more likable.
At times I often found it too difficult to keep up with the other characters - there were just so many. Throughout the book, I constantly had to flick back to see who was who. I did like that they all seemed like they could be villains and I had no idea who was behind throwing the woman overboard.
The final reveal occurred somewhat earlier than I expected, and I didn't see it coming at all. I would say that the book was a bit unrealistic overall, however.
As I said, this is the first book I've read by Ruth Ware, and because I really enjoyed it, I will definitely be picking up her debut and her next book which is due out soon.
EDIT: I picked up her debut novel not long after this. "In a Dark Dark Wood" is nowhere near as good as this and so I'd recommend reading this first.
I am reminded of this when reading this book. You can skip Part 1 and most of Part 2 and not miss a thing. We learn about a burglary that has little to do with rest of the story. And a relationship about which our protagonist cannot make up her mind. She is a pain-killer tablet-swallowing near alcoholic wonk holding down the lowest job on a travel magazine for ten years. She also suffers from insomnia. If I read about ‘tiredness’ once, I read it fifty times – to the point when my own eyes began to close.
And that’s the problem with Ruth Ware’s writing. She writes too much. Yes, she’ can write but it is far too self-indulgent. The expression ‘less is more’ has never crossed her keyboard. The result is that she digresses lavishly on many small things, drags out tension far too long and then struggles to wrap up endings (In a Dark, Dark wood is the same). The effect is that the novels stutter. Just when things get going, Ware slows it down with prolixity.
I moved from Ruth Ware’s books to another mystery writer, the Australian Jane Harper. Harper can put across atmosphere and characters in two paragraphs while Ware is pouring it out over two pages. I can see why Ruth Ware’s books are attractive in a chic lit way. There is some plotting. But it either takes too long to get there or too long to finish or both. Where’s the editor?