The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
Genre: Murder Mystery
Published: July 19, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | Powell’s
My friend Erin says we all have demons inside us, voices that whisper we’re no good, that if we don’t make this promotion or ace that exam we’ll reveal to the world exactly what kind of worthless sacks of skin and sinew we really are Maybe that’s true. Maybe mine just have louder voices.
Lo Blacklock is a travel writer who is able to go on a luxury yacht cruise before it is available to the public to sail on it. She briefly talks with a woman in the cabin next to her, and then wakes up in the middle of the night sure she heard a scream and what sounds like a body being dumped into the ocean. The cabin next to hers is empty. No one on the ship has seen the woman she saw in the cabin earlier and no one is staying in the cabin.
I loved this The Woman in Cabin 10. I loved how I did not know what to believe while reading it. Lo is a great character who deals with panic attacks and post traumatic stress, while also heavily drinking to get her through what she thinks she experienced, but she is not completely sure. Is she a reliable narrator or is there a bigger conspiracy at work?
Whenever I would have a guess of what was really going on, something would throw me for a loop. I never figured out what was really happening until it was revealed, but it made sense. I did like how she was slowly piecing things together, even though no one believed her and she was trapped on a ship.
It’s a good thing I am not scared about being trapped aboard cruise ships since if I had the slightest bit of fear about it, this book would make me terrified.
I have seen many complaints about her character, but I found all her annoying behavior believable for someone suffering from depression and other mental issues. I believe she was written that way on purpose so I went along with it, but I guess she got to be too much for some readers.