Wednesday, August 10, 2016
THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
Published July 19th 2016 by Gallery/Scout Press
Read: August 2016
How I Got It: Ebook (approximately 352 pages) from NetGalley
Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood, has again created a dark and misleading novel of suspense. The Woman in Cabin 10 focuses on Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist covering the maiden voyage of the Aurora, a deluxe cruise ship. Lo is in cabin 9, and when she realizes she's out of mascara she decides to knock on the door to the adjoining cabin 10. A woman loans her some mascara and everything is well. Later though when Lo hears a splash and sees a blood smear on the veranda, she suspects the woman may be in trouble. Upon reporting her suspicion, she finds that cabin 10 was never occupied and all of the crew and passengers are accounted for. Who was the woman in cabin 10? And what happened to her?
Told in the first person intermixed with news clippings and online chats, Ware creates a narrative that keeps readers guessing. Ware’s descriptive writing also produces feelings of claustrophobia and seasickness adding to the unease of Lo’s situation. Much of the story is left to interpretation, but readers will get a satisfying conclusion to this wrong-place-wrong-time mystery on the sea.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.