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.