The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Page Count: 384

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

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.


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a thriller set aboard a luxury cruise ship. Being one that loves cruising this has been on my list to read since I first heard about the book for two reasons, one I’ve heard great things about the writer and two I can’t help but be drawn to a story set at sea.

The main character in the story, Lo Blacklock, is at home alone when someone breaks into her apartment leaving her in fear that it could happen again or that they will return. Lo is offered the chance to go on the cruise through her job as a travel writer and thinks getting away is just what she needed.

Boarding the yacht Lo sees this as the opportunity of a lifetime, a week of pure luxury with only a handful of cabins and a few other passengers. However, one night at sea Lo witnesses something from the cabin next door and thinks she saw someone go overboard. The security and crew however can’t find anyone missing and don’t take Lo seriously.

The first thing I noticed picking this one up is that people are perfectly right, Ruth Ware is a talented writer as it didn’t take long at all to become immersed in the story. However, with this story I did find a couple of things that I didn’t absolutely love. One being that I found myself really doubting even a smaller yacht wouldn’t have security cameras to monitor outside safety so the mysterious someone overboard should be something answered quickly. But even overlooking that fact there’s few suspects aboard too so it wasn’t hard to start figuring things out. In the end I’d give this one 3.5 stars but would definitely pick up another title from this author.


Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs Westaway have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family.

Visit to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @RuthWareWriter

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