The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Published by Simon Schuster Audio on July 19, 2016
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: audiobook, 11:15:59
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From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
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…
With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.
To break it down to one sentence, the concept for The Woman in Cabin 10 is a potential murder set in the confined space of a boat, which gives me major Murder on the Orient Express vibes. As that is one of my all time favorite books, those are some big shoes to live up to! Let’s see how it fared.
I remember a bit of hype surrounding The Woman in Cabin 10 when it released back in 2016, but my abounding TBR precluded me from picking it up. So when I noticed it was available in audiobook from my library, I figured it was the perfect time to give this a shot. As I began listening, I found myself pulled into the narration. Imogen Church’s reading style was just right, allowing the words to flow and make for an easy listen.
While this didn’t quite live up to Murder on the Orient Express, it was an enjoyable experience. Ware’s writing style and storytelling suit my reading tastes perfectly. The characters were not particularly developed, leaving the (fairly unbelievable) plot to drive the story forward. And it did. After the first 10% or so, the pacing was on point, building suspense right up until the very end.
Ultimately, I found The Woman in Cabin 10 to be one of those books that are entertaining in the moment but forgettable afterwards. That being said, I liked both the writing and narration styles enough that I will definitely be checking out more books written by Ruth Ware or narrated by Imogen Church.