The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

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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"--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2016
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501132933
1501132938
9781501132957
1501132954
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: The woman in cabin ten

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talk2terih
Nov 16, 2017

On the positive side, this book was easy to read and had good flow. I devoured it in 2 days, 1/2 of the book each day. The idea of an ultra luxe miniature cruise ship was an interesting one and fun to visualize as I read.

On the negative side, the heroine is rather awful, reacting hysterically to every event that occurs. When she isn't hysterical, she's drunk, vomiting, or hungover. I think the picture of a girl prone to severe panic attacks who had suffered a recent trauma could have been sufficiently articulated to the reader without beating us over the head with it. I had also intuited the resolution about halfway through the book. I never bought the individual she suspects as the bad guy, so was not diverted down that byway.

This would have made a fun summer beach read, as it didn't require deep concentration from the reader and could easily have been picked up and put down numerous times without losing the train of the story.

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Exbuck
Nov 14, 2017

I could not get into this book no matter how many times I tried. Maybe it gets better near the end but I doubt it.

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Eil_1
Nov 13, 2017

I had to force myself to complete this book. Lo's character was flat and the other players were no better. I'd not recommend this book to anyone.

BostonPL_LauraB Oct 25, 2017

It took a solid half of the book for me to care about this story because it was pretty slow and there was a lot of lead-up until the crime. Once we hit the middle it kept my interest the whole way through.

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jturner10
Oct 14, 2017

Given the waiting list, this book was extremely disappointing. A basic Agatha Christie storyline that was very slow to develop and quite a boring read. So bad, I basically skipped through the last half just to see "who done it". Not recommended.

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denise99
Oct 13, 2017

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a huge disappointment after reading Ruth Waring's previous novel In the Dark Dark Wood. The main character was hard to sympathize or relate to with her constantly being drunk. abrasive and traumatized. There were many times in the first half I was going to stop reading but continued on with all the good reviews and her previous book. The second half of the book Lo miraculously becomes sober, somber and articulate but can't save the book or the storyline.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 03, 2017

***SPOILERS***
I really really LOVED this book. I loved everything in it. The writing style, the characters and the Agatha Christie twist. Firstly, the narrator wasn't unlikable, she was interesting regardless of her weakness and medical condition. Secondly, Ben was the best character in this book and I was surprised how she chose Jude over him, I loved all his actions and really wished until the very end that she would break up with her boyfriend and be with him again. Anyways, I heard that it's going to be made into a movie and I'm really excited and had already imagined Emily Blunt as Lo, Hugh Jackman as Ben, Haley Benett as Chloe, Chris Hemsworth as Judah, and Alexandra Daddario as Carrie. I give this book 8/10 and it is VERY recommended.
- @Hebatallah of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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librarysrgr8
Sep 29, 2017

This book was very disappointing. I had the impression that it was written like it was an American TV script where the author was afraid to challenge the reader too much. The plot of the story is old hat and quite boring. I only kept reading this book just to finish it. If you enjoy a very mild mystery then this book is for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time. I really hope that her next book is much better.

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trevordunfordswife
Sep 19, 2017

Preferred The Lying Game but still a good book. Really enjoyed it, some great lines. Very good narrator, same as Lying Game.

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mcmitch
Sep 15, 2017

Very disappointed in this book. There seemed to be so much hype regarding it, I was expecting something more. Did not find it compelling or suspenseful, couldn't sympathize with the main character. It was very slow moving for me and the story didn't seem to know where it should be going. I ended up just continuing to read in order to finish it (it did pick up a bit near the end) but I wish I had spent time reading something more worthwhile. Wouldn't recommend it.

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cknightkc
Jan 17, 2017

"I love ports. I love the smell of tar and sea air, and the scream of the gulls. Maybe it's years of taking the ferry to France for summer holidays, but a harbor gives me a feeling of freedom in a way that an airport never does. Airports say work and security checks and delays. Ports say... I don't know. Something completely different. Escape, maybe.” - p. 34

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