The Woman in Cabin 10by Published 19 Jul 2016
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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.
"The Woman in Cabin 10" Reviews
I just knew I was going to love this book because I love the cover. I know, that almost never happens =) Then I thought this was just going to be a lets all get drunk at all times and then say stupid things and yell at boyfriend and get drunk some more and see a body on a ship, the end, goodbye. Well, it was kinda like that. What is it with everyone having to be drunk all of the time in these books?
When I first started the book last night, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to get to the ship and see what was going on. Then once we were on there, I wanted to keep going but sleep took me away.
The beginning of the story was bleh for me because I just wanted to get to the boat and I didn't see any reason for that beginning. Then when you're on the boat and the beginning is used against the main character, Lo Blacklock, I began to understand.
Lo is a travel journalist and is finally getting to go on a trip because her boss is preggers. Unfortunately for her, she sees a body get thrown off the boat, no one believes her, she has no proof and when she does get proof, it gets removed. She wonders if she's crazy or what.
I just wanted to get to the end to see what in the world was going on and who did what, when and how. I certainly didn't think it was actually what happened. Then throughout the book there were reports of Lo Blacklock's death and they found a body and I was like, "What?"
It's all crazy train, er, crazy boat, but I did enjoy it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it near enough to buy the book with the awesome cover. Or did I?
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I can't decide between 3.5 stars and 4 stars, but I enjoyed this read! I struggled with it a bit, but I enjoyed the ending overall.
TW: home invasion, anxiety (panic attacks), substance abuse, lowkey sexual assault
I feel as if this is one of those books that I don't have much to say on. I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing and the beginning was slightly boring, but the ending of the story was thrilling and very clever in my opinion.
I was surprised to find a very positive portray of medication to treat mental illness. Lo takes antidepressants for her anxiety and treats them as an essential part of her functioning. She suffers from a lot of stigma as a result of her medication, but she continues to be confident in her decisions related treatment and that really pleased me.
There is a non-consensual groping scene that was swept under the rug, which made me very uncomfortable. I guess it's ignored because they are past lovers or they were both drunk but for whatever reason, I found this scene very troubling. Non-consensual touching should never be dismissed so easily.
Overall, a mostly enjoyable read. The ending is twisted and well though out enough to make up for a not so great beginning, in my opinion.
Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I should start by saying I ended up not reading the author's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood, because someone I know spoiled the whole "big twist" for me. I also should say I wasn't very disappointed as I wouldn't have enjoyed spending all the time invested reading it for another Gone Girl wannabe. I'm getting a little tired of everyone wanting to write the next big hit in the genre, but writing THE EXACT same story with differently named characters.
I'll also say that, while comparing the plots of her two books, this one was loads improved and I was interested to see what she wrote next, as I felt it would be more a show of her own work instead of trying to be the next big thing. You can read the plot for this one on the book page, but basically, Lo is a journalist who has the opportunity to cover a story aboard a swanky new cruise ship where things start to go awry.
Because so few people have read this so far, I'm not going to hash out every problem I had with this book, but I'll give some very vague generalizations as to not ruin the experience for someone else. I had big problems with the very beginning and the last 20% of this book. The middle 60% was honestly spot on, and if the entire book had been written with that sense of excellency it would have been a 5 star read.
THINGS I LIKED:
Another reviewer named Denise brought this up first, but I liked how she described the format of this book reading like a classic Agatha Christie novel. Group of people confined in a small area surrounding a murder. This is always a plus for me. I fangirl over any and all things reminiscent of Christie.
The pacing, after the first 25% was great! The suspense built, layer upon layer, until you just wanted to devour the rest to find out "whodunnit". Unfortunately, you do find out who the culprit is a little earlier than expected, with a few minor twists nearing the end.
There was one big twist I 100% did not see coming. I always like being taken off my game so this was a positive for me; however, I can already see many people having a problem with not only this twist, but the whole dang book because everything was very unrealistic.
THINGS I DISLIKED:
Lo Blacklock. Dear God, I loathed this woman. I've never had to follow the story of such a peculiar, whiny, uncomfortable woman in all my reading. She did seem to find a backbone toward the end which I did appreciate. I'm just not sure how to pity a woman who is defined by passages like this (paraphrasing by me):
"I don't want to have sex with you Ben"-Lo
*Ben grabs Lo's breast in attempt to have sex with her anyway*
*Lo knees Ben in crotch*
Immediately following, Lo is crying in her room with Ben's arm around her and he is trying to make her feel less guilty for her kneeing him in the crotch. This, proceeded by the mascara incident (which I know was an important scene in the book), just grated on me.
So many random incidents happen in this book without being tied together or having any explanation. I think she threw certain plot points in to give us a better overall understanding of Lo and her bizarre actions, but it just didn't work for me. I honestly am sitting here and am not entirely sure I even know how this book ended.
If you enjoyed her first book, you will very likely enjoy this one as well. I can't say I didn't enjoy this one, as it was a quick, compelling read, but I did expect much more from it. This felt jumbled, confusing, and like a debut that you expect to be a little rough. There is definitely talent here; I'm hoping book 3 will show stronger growth in the author's writing, but I still think I would recommend to those who are looking for an easy, quick read to capture their attention. And I hope you all don't hate me for not loving this book as much as you probably will. :)
This started out so strong, it was well paced and suspenseful... then it took a turn and got seriously weird and ridiculous.
Meh. I enjoyed Ruth Ware's debut a lot more than this one. I found I was expected to suspend my disbelief even more in The Woman in Cabin 10 and I wasn't having any of it. It also felt like a not as good carbon copy of The Girl on the Train. Usually even with all the similarities of thrillers these days, I can find enough originality in the story to feel the author didn't *try* to follow the same formula. That didn't exactly happen here. It felt like the author just replaced a few facts with similar enough things..changed the train into a luxury cruise liner. Changed a few details here and there. And boom...here's a new book. I guess I'll delve into the plot a tiny bit to get my point across while still avoiding spoilers.
Laura Blacklock (she goes by Lo) suffers from extreme anxiety to the point of needing medicine to keep it under control. When a break-in occurs in her apartment with her present, it brings her fear and anxiety to a whole new high. Lo's sleep is suffering a great deal. She got in a huge fight with her boyfriend. But she still has to go on this week long luxury cruise assignment for work since her boss is on maternity leave. This could be her way of finally getting that promotion if Lo can just keep it together enough to network among important people and help put their small travel magazine, Velocity, on the map.
The Aurora is a brand new super-luxury cruise liner that will travel around the Norwegian fjords for it's maiden voyage. It's rather small with only 10 cabins, a maximum of 20 passengers, and a handpicked staff on board. Lo is roomed in cabin 9. It isn't far into the trip when Lo is woken by a scream from the cabin next door followed by a loud splash. She goes out onto the veranda to see blood on the neighboring balcony. She calls security to report what happened, but there's nothing in cabin 10. The guest who was supposed to be in that room didn't make the cruise. Which is odd because Lo swears she borrowed mascara from a girl in cabin 10 before dinner. There aren't any passengers missing, staff unaccounted for, nothing amiss other than Lo's report of what she witnessed. Is her anxiety-ridden mind mixed with the lack of sleep and abundance of alcohol playing tricks on her? Lo insists something happened. Nobody believes her.
So I felt like we took Lo and made her unlikable and unreliable in the same way that was done in The Girl on the Train. Replace the alcoholism with intense anxiety giving others reason to question her reliability as a witness. It's another protagonist witnesses murder and no one believes her story. Add in the means of transportation...boat in place of train. It feels really similar. The twist isn't the same, though. But that's where my next problem resides. Was that even really much of a twist?! Yeah..the first part of it was good, but when it came to the actual end..I was left thinking it was unbelievably dumb because it was obvious. And I don't understand for the life of me how Lo didn't put that together. Is she stupid? Well maybe because a lot of what she did through the book did not make sense. I couldn't see the logic in her head even with all that she had going on.
Plus her ex-boyfriend happens to be one of the other reporters on board adding a dose of drama. Because who else would Lo be able to get to believe her if anyone? I hated the way these two interacted. It made Lo appear even more weak. I couldn't stand it. This was probably on purpose no matter how aggravating it made Lo. It's annoying because the set up for the story was so great - a possible murder on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. It was a locked-room mystery a la Agatha Christie, who might have done this better. This is something I've noticed in both Ruth Ware's books - her inspirations from the classic author. I do hope to see more of this. I only wish this one had worked better. It was too similar to The Girl on the Train and had too many implausible moments for me.