Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
2017 Book Challenge Entry: A book involving travel
Thoughts: This was one of those books that I thought I would read as a lark. I tend to like mysteries in general and murder mysteries specifically. This one seemed fun and I just assumed it would be a nice way to entertain the last few days of my holiday break.
I finished it in approximately 36 hours. I couldn’t put it down.
The book opens as we meet Lo Blacklock. She is a writer for a travel magazine, which seems like the kind of job that only authors dream up because honestly. Honestly. Who makes their living doing that? It seems too good to be true. Anyway, within in the first dozen pages or so we bear witness to her apartment being broken into. #tramatizing. Seriously bad day for Lo. We also find out quickly that she is on the fence about her relationship to a photo journalist who frequents war zones and has a serious anxiety issue. This issue is prior to the break in so obviously, she’s is a bit of a hot fire mess. She’s flawed and maybe not the more likable character, but I know something about anxiety, so I could relate to her and found her voice an interesting one for a novel like this.
Due to her boss’s pregnancy, Lo is asked to go on a supes fancy cruise and write about it for said magazine. While there, wicked creepy things happen and she is determined to figure out “who dunnit”. It is kind of like a Clue situation, but on a cruise ship with no internet or cell reception. The ship on the ocean factor did for a murder mystery what the spaceship in Alien did for the typical haunted house story. You can’t get out. Even if Lo broke the mold and was smart enough to run out the front door, where would she go? The ocean. Yeah. Not gonna happen. It’s also a little reminiscent of Murder on the Orient Express. Everyone is a suspect and there is nowhere to freaking go.
Twists, turns and solid supporting characters make this one a page turner. In addition, Lo is a chronic alcoholic with mental health issues so she is not always the most reliable narrator. Is she really seeing and hearing what she says she sees and hears? Or is she just wasted and experiencing PTSD from the break in at the beginning of the book? Maybe some people would say I’m not the most perceptive, but that little extra piece of the protagonist kept things interesting for this reader.
Anyway, I loved it! I was out with Eric looking at antiques one day and just sat down in the middle of the store to finish a chapter because I couldn’t wait to see what happened. It’s a good fun ride and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery with a twist. 🙂