Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Posted July 23, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: July 19th 2016
Published by Gallery/Scout Press
Narrator: Imogen Church
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“Ruth Ware pens a solid page turner.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ll be honest.  This was an impulse buy.  One because I’ve been in the mood to read thrillers and mysteries lately again (something I used to LOVE) and second because while I was reading the blurb for this book there’s a comparison to Agatha Christie.  Now, that right there made me make a full stop and click the buy button.  Even if it wasn’t quite true I just had to know and this was something that would probably hit the spot for me.  I’m so glad I wasn’t wrong!

While I don’t think this is of Agatha Christie’s caliber (rabid fan here, watch out), I admit that Ruth Ware pens a solid page turner with this one.  THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 had me riveted all the way through.  It doesn’t have any big ups and downs, or massive twists.  It’s just a good mystery, trying to decipher the clues given and figure out what happened.  I think that’s something that Ms. Christie did well in her stories, and on that Ms. Ware kept me interested as well.

Lo is a journalist going on a trip that should be advantageous to her career on a luxury cruise with only a few cabins.  She’s there to mingle.  But she has a hard time doing that at first because of her house had been broken into just a few days prior to her leaving.  Distraught and unable to sleep well, she’s not at her best and finds herself in an environment that is not her normal anyway.  And then she witnesses what she believes is a murder and a body being thrown overboard from the cabin next to her.  Except there is no one staying in that cabin and everyone on the boat has been accounted for.  Her investigative nature doesn’t let it go and she has to figure out what happened to the woman in cabin 10.

I liked that this book doesn’t want to throw any crazy twists out there.  I almost expect that nowadays so my mind is always thinking of those unexpected scenarios and looking for the most outrageous solutions.  This isn’t what you’ll get with this book.  And I was very happy about that.  In a way it did make me go back to the times of reading older mysteries when things were still mind blowing and there were always great explanations behind the events, but they weren’t fabricated to twist the reader into knots.  So kuddos to Ms. Ware for that.

This was a solid read that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.  A testament to a talented author that made me care about even a heroine that I really didn’t have much of a connection with.  I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author!

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About Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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Interesting…thanks

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sounds like a great read!

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Thanks for the review. I love books that have a good plot and storytelling that don’t rely on unnecessary twists or angst.

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Yes! That! And I think there’s more of those around lately.

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Sounds good…thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca