From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick, In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware’s next compulsive page-turner
This was meant to be the perfect trip.
The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.
Except things don’t go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…
I loved the authors debut novel so was very excited when I saw that she had another one and couldn’t wait to read it.
The Woman In Cabin 10 is one extremely twisted read.
Lo is quite a complicated character, mainly because she has a lot of issues. She is heavily reliant on prescription drugs, she has a wonderful boyfriend who for some reason she finds it hard to commit to, so to be fair she comes across as being one quite messed up individual.
When she hears what sounds like a body being thrown overboard on the boat, I have to admit that I was a bit like the boat security guard and didn’t know if it was all in her head.
The luxury boat that Lo finds herself on is something that most of us could only ever dream of. It sounded very idyllic and could easily imagine the grandeur of it all as well as the smells and sounds.
In the description it states that the story is reminiscent of Agatha Christies work and I whole heartedly agree apart from there is no Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot to solve this case. As no one really believes Lo she becomes even more determined to prove that she isn’t mad.
The author really teases us in the novel as she drops things on the reader that grabs your interest even more and urges you to read on. The short chapters that she throws in every now and again sent me spiralling into all sorts of different directions and I didn’t know what to believe. It is certainly very cleverly done as I really had no clue how the whole story was going to end.
The Woman In Cabin 10 is a story that has you questioning everything and not knowing what to believe. The author certainly knows how to play with as well as teasing the reader making this book one thought provoking, tense but enjoyable read.
My thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Woman In Cabin 10 is due out on the 30th of June and available to preorder from Amazon.