Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Publisher: Gallery/Scout (Simon & Schuster)
Time taken to read: 2 weeks
Goodreads synopsis: 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…
I know I’m a little late on this one, but better late than never, right? Anyway, I finished this today and I’m actually writing a timely review, so that’s something.
I could have lived my life without reading this book. The main criticism I have is that there were SO many characters, and I had no idea who any of them were and what relation they had to Lo. So I didn’t really care to speculate about who may have been the killer because they were nothing more than names to me. But I did like Lo. I liked the open way Ware talked about her anti-depressants and her panic attacks, and it was kind of fun that she was made to seem unreliable, so I was wondering all the while if she really had seen anything at all.
I was pretty shocked at the outcome, and not really in a good way. Since this book is a few years old now I think I can spoil it–I don’t find it plausible that Carrie could have passed as Anne for so long. Additionally, I didn’t really understand the ending. I think the implication was that Carrie shot Richard and escaped, but I don’t see why she would have done that. She could have left him without shooting him. But maybe I’m completely wrong anyway.
Carrie also seemed a little stereotypical and one-dimensional. All the “he loves me” stuff was old before it even started. If she was so in love/obsessed with him that she’d assist him in murdering his wife, she turned on him pretty quickly to let Lo go free. I just don’t really buy any of it. But the book ultimately kept my attention enough, so it wasn’t all bad. Everyone compares it to The Girl on the Train, and I didn’t like that book either. I think this one is a smidge better, but neither of them are really amazing.