The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started with Ruth Ware’s The Death Of Mrs. Westaway and was so impressed that I decided to check all her books ASAP. The Woman In Cabin 10 made all the right noises and was touted as one of the best thrillers. The outstanding factor of the book is the closed room mystery feel reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s great works. The sinister and eerie atmosphere adds to the tension in the story.
Like most books in this genre the main character is unreliable and whiny so much that it becomes irritating after a while. The mystery keeps the reader engaged and there’s enough twists and turns that makes the pages fly.
It would have been a 5* book for me except that Lo’s character doesn’t instill any warmth and the fact most of the thrillers having these unreliable narrators is becoming tedious.

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From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

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