When I started reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, I really liked it a lot. It felt like one of those dark and twisty books that have become so popular, and I was expecting a book like Gone Girl or perhaps like The Girl Before.
Instead, The Woman in Cabin 10 morphed into something different, and while I still enjoyed the story, it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for.
The story kicks off as Lo, the main characters, is in the throes of panic after someone has invaded her home in the middle of the night. The burglar sends Lo into a downward spiral. She doesn’t sleep for days and finds herself drinking heavily, and yet she has to pull herself together in time to cover the maiden voyage on a cruise ship for the travel magazine she works with.
During her first night on the ship, Lo is certain she sees someone throw a body overboard, but as she begins to ask questions of those around her, cruise security begins to ask questions of Lo herself. After all, all of the passengers aboard the ship are accounted for. Just how much had she been drinking when she saw this alleged murder take place? More importantly, after her own traumatic experience, can Lo even be certain she saw anything at all in the dark of the night?
Based on the way the story started, I expected The Woman in Cabin 10 to be filled with twists and turns resulting in poor information from an unreliable narrator. Instead, the narrator of the story was spot on throughout, and The Woman in Cabin 10 turned into a crazy and totally shocking whodunit mystery. The book had twists and turns, yes, but they weren’t of the variety that I was anticipating.
Who Should Read The Woman in Cabin 10?
While reading The Woman in Cabin 10, I couldn’t help but think of the Agatha Christie murder mysteries I used to devour when I was a teenager. If you’re a big fan of Agatha Christie, then The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is definitely for you.
That’s because, like Christie, Ware does an excellent job of dropping legitimate clues and simultaneously presenting red herrings for the reader to absorb. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to separate the two, and for me, that definitely kept the book interesting.
I also think that The Woman in Cabin 10 would likely appeal to those who enjoy Mary Higgins Clark books. If the suspenseful whodunit is your type of book, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I liked this book and I read it nearly straight through, but I’m not certain I loved it. With that being said, I will admit that I was impressed with the way that Ruth Ware was able to put her extreme writing talent on display. For example, in one instance, she managed to write an entire captivating chapter where a character did nothing—literally nothing—except sit in the dark for days on end. Despite the lack of movement, I still wanted to keep reading.
I found the resolution to the book to be interesting as well, though a bit far-fetched. It was a fun read and different from anything I’ve read in a while, and it reminded me of some of the Agatha Christie books I read in my younger days.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware perhaps wasn’t my favorite read of all time, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others, especially those who like a good suspenseful mystery novel.
Have you read The Woman in Cabin 10? What did you think?