Book Review: The Woman In Cabin 10

I was a big fan of In A Dark, Dark Wood, so I was very excited to read Ruth Ware’s next novel, The Woman In Cabin 10.  This one follows the same general model as the first, where a cast of characters abides in a tight space in the middle of nowhere.  In In A Dark, Dark Wood it was a bunch of girls in a secluded cabin for a bachelorette party; in this one, it’s a group of rich people and journalists on a luxury cruise ship.

Lo Blacklock attends the maiden voyage of a boutique cruise ship owned by a Richard Branson type in the hopes of getting a story.  Unfortunately, just before leaving, her apartment was burgled (while she was home) so she enters the trip in a frazzled state.  She self medicates with booze so her first night on the ship is hazy, but that doesn’t keep her from hearing what she believes is a murder.  This book is one part The Girl on the Train (the unreliable protagonist part) and one part Agatha Christie.  The result is a very fun and thrilling book that I couldn’t put down.

That said, I have a few questions/complaints about the book.  None of these were enough to make me enjoy this book any less, but I thought there could have been a better way to tie up some of the loose ends.  I don’t want any spoilers here, so if you’re interested in discussing or reviewing these thoughts, check out my Goodreads review (link in sidebar of the blog).

4 out of 5 stars.

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