Pages: 343 Published: 2016 by Penguin Random House Genre: Thriler
“This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxary press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a taumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse. Excepts things don’t do 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 and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…”
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for awhile now and I am so glad I have finally gotten round to reading it. I seem to be attracted to Thriller books with a female protagonist like a moth to a flame and so I can add this to my ever growing collection of them.
I really enjoyed this book and it certainly hooked me in straight from the first chapter. First chapters for me are absolutely crucial as they set the scene and give you a feel for what the rest of the book will be like, I admit I have read a few books who, for me, fail to create the gripping or intriguing first chapter and normally the rest of the book follows suit. However the opening chapter of ‘The Woman In Cabin 10’ was amazing, it hooked me straight in to what I knew was going to be a chilling and thrilling read.
As for the rest of the book I found that there is such a strong ‘Agatha Christie’ feeling to this book and, as a big Agatha Christie reader, I really think it made the book even better for me. It reminded me a lot of ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ being as the situation takes place on a cruise ship where the passengers and our protagonist, Lo Blacklock, are essentially trapped on board with a killer. The idea of being trapped somewhere with a killer always makes a much more edge-of-your-seat feel knowing that anything could happen when you turn the page. I really like the way Ruth Ware writes as well, the book just carried you along with the story and didn’t throw you about here, there and everywhere which I much prefer. Lo Blacklock for me was a good realistic character and I liked the fact that she was a character who suffered from panic attacks, this was described really well in the book, when she’s having a panic attack she uses these breathing methods that we, as readers, learn she was taught when she seeked help for these panic moments. The whole book it written in third person but the way Ruth Ware has almost written the breathing and calming of the panic attacks in first person is very effective and adds something to the suspense and chill of it all.
Overall, I really do think this is a great read that definetly lives up to the hype I had read about the book, I hope to read more of Ruth Ware’s work in the future.
My Rating: 4/5 STARS