Book Review #40: The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Title: The Woman In Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: January 26th 2017

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN 13: 9780099598237


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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…


When you flip through the praises about this book, you see ‘Agatha Christie meets The Girl On The Train’, ‘Agatha Christie meets Gone Girl’, ‘Agatha Christie for the WhatsApp generation’. And I have to say I agree to these quotes. The Woman in Cabin 10 does have the closed group mystery of Agatha Christie and the drunk and/or unreliable narrator of The Girl On The Train and Gone Girl. This book is a leisure read – like any Agatha Christie book. This means that the pace of the book is what you decide it to be. The writing is simple but sometimes deep in the conscious level which helps you understand the protagonist’s reactions. What kept me engaged in this book was the continuous tension of ‘Whodunnit?’. The twists sprinkled throughout the book were surprising and pulled me more into the story. Throughout the claustrophobic environment of the cruise, I as  a reader, was wondering how all this will tie up. But then the active brain of mine figured out the mystery, and it was one I could see coming. Also, this book could have ended a few chapters before but that’s not a big issue here. Overall, this book is worth a read.


Final Verdict:

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware gets 4 out 5 stars from me.

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