The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

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I am guilty, it took me a long time to finish this book. I started it back in February and was completely hooked then all of a sudden my TBR got out of hand and this book got neglected. However this book is so captivating and would easily be read in a matter of days. I recently heard there is a chance,  it was being made into a movie too and I can imagine it will be great onscreen.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is about Laura Blacklock, a travel journalist who is given the opportunity to stay on a small cruise liner called the Aurora for its maiden journey as a tourist boat. With only a few spaces on board this luxury experience she couldn’t say no and with a first-hand chance to impress her boss she seizes the opportunity. However after the first night something is wrong, a girl she meets suddenly disappears and no-one has seen her, she isn’t a crew member or guest as Laura battles with her memory and trying to find someone who believes her that a woman was in the cabin next to her, cabin 10.

This book was quick to get into the main storyline and before I knew it I was submerged in a thriller, a mystery, a possible murder and a psychological drama. The plot had it all, a mixture of characters and a whodunit feel, not to mention the extra twist; the setting is a boat in the middle of the North Sea. I didn’t know what to expect with this book because it could have so many different outcomes, I first of all expected a murder mystery or a psychological issue as it sets the scene for this with Laura and an incident leaving her feeling insecure but I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to end the way it did.

Laura’s character seemed to be suffering a mental battle after an incident in her apartment; she doesn’t feel safe and tries to escape by going on the cruise only for her to have another experience that makes her ask many questions with no easy answers. It is hard for Laura to find others who believe her and equally find people she can trust but when you’re in the middle of the ocean there aren’t many options. I really liked her character as she is a strong female protagonist who is portrayed very realistically and has a lot of relatable qualities such as in her relationships and her career. The other characters all seem to represent different social levels such as the wealthy owner and of the mainstream media; the successful writers, photographers and bloggers.

The plot for this novel unfolds quickly and moves consistently, I didn’t find this book slow however I did find at times it was easy to set down and come back to. I think that I could have easily read this book in a few sittings however it did take me a long time to read this book as I kept choosing others over it.

I gave The Woman in Cabin 10 a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, I felt that it was a fantastic read that was fast paced, easy to read and intriguing. I have also heard that this book is in talks to be turned into a movie so I’m really excited to see how it will be portrayed on the big screen. If you haven’t already check this book out, my only criticism is that it’s made me think twice about going on a cruise.

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