Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Yes, The Woman in Cabin 10 takes place in a closed environment as some of Christie's books do. Lo (Laura) Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine, looking forward to a cruise on the luxury ship Aurora Borealis. But, just before she's to leave, her apartment is broken into while she's in bed, and, after seeing the burglar, she's terrified. She doesn't sleep for several days. She's drinking too much so she can pass out because she can't sleep. She has a fight with her partner, Judah. So, she's not in the best shape when she gets on the ship.
The Aurora Borealis is a small ship with ten cabins. The maximum number of passengers will be twenty people treated to wonderful food and pampering. Lo is too exhausted and drinking too much to appreciate it. But, she's still aware enough to know she heard a scream and the sound of a body going overboard from cabin 10. The problem? There's no guest in cabin 10, and no one is missing on the ship. Why should anyone believe a woman who has been observed to be drunk and sick?
There are other reasons to doubt Lo's story, but I'm not going to spoil the book. Is she a reliable narrator? Can the reader believe what Lo believes? The book is a page-turner. I had to keep reading to find out what really happened, and what was the truth. The story became even more fascinating with the glimpses of stories and questions from the outside world. There are problems with wifi and cell phone communication, and Judah doesn't know if Lo is ignoring him because of their fight. This isn't usually my kind of book, but I kept reading to learn the truth.
An unreliable narrator. A cruise ship on its way in international waters. Is there a missing woman? Can the reader trust Lo? The Woman in Cabin 10 is a book to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Ruth Ware's website is www.ruthware.com
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Scout Press. 2016. ISBN 9781501132933 (hardcover), 352p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I picked up my copy at a conference.