From New York Times best-selling 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 describe only 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.
With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense listen in The Woman in Cabin 10 - one that will leave even the most sure-footed listener restlessly uneasy long after the last minute ends.
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I didn't enjoy this book.
The protagonist was not very likeable and she spends the entire story telling us how tired she is... over and over. I'm disappointed because I liked the author's last book, and although I think the narrator is outstanding ( based on this book and many others ) I think some may confuse their dislike for her with the character herself. I don't 't recommend this book
The story could have been a nice little mystery, although the ending was a bit anticlimactic. But the problem is in the presentation - the whole yarn is told through the protagonist's internal dialog, and this is a hellish place to live for the several hours it takes to tell the tale. Our heroin is a severe neurotic prone to panic attacks, claustrophobia, social anxiety, and she needs to help us understand what her body is doing every second: her heart pounds in her chest. Her throat is raw. Her stomach clenches. Her knees wobble. She is trying to choke down an ear shattering scream. And all this is just saying "hello" at a dinner party. And she vomits a lot. This sort of tedious reporting on her internal state takes up perhaps one half of the narration. I recommend giving it a pass.
I admit that I only got through about 5 hours- was excited to see this new book released since I enjoyed In a Dark Dark Wood very much. The same impeccable narrator raised my expectations . But after several hours, unfortunately this book continues to be extremely boring and monotonous with an ordinary storyline. Oh well.
I loved this book! What a "page turner." I'm almost embarrassed to say that I listened to this all the way through in one shot. I simply couldn't stop. The author did a terrific job in setting up the plot and developing the characters. I loved the main character, Lo Blacklock. She was flawed and had her issues, but thankfully the author also made her likeable, honorable, spunky and brave, too. Too many authors make the mistake of making their protagonist either too weak and mousy, or too brave and fearless to the point where it's just not believable. Lo was a perfect mix of the two. I tried to just enjoy the story without getting too caught up in figuring out the mystery, but it was hard not forming a few opinions along the way about "who done it." Of course I got it wrong, and the plot twists and turns at the end were a delicious mix of suspense and surprise. The Scandanavian setting and the descriptions of the cruise ship added to my enjoyment of this book, and as usual, Ms. Imogen Church did a fantastic job of narrating -- even managing to pull off a New York accent. I was pleased that it wasn't too dark or gory, as many suspense novels are these days. Reminiscent of old vintage mysteries that keep you up late in the night (with locked doors and windows, of course). Highly recommend for anyone at all who loves a good mystery.
Suspense and WHAT A STORY! Read it straight thru! I've listened to both books now and want more!! I so much recommend this one, Loved it!!!!!!
I bought this book because I 'sort of' enjoyed Ruth Ware's last book. For more info on that read my review of her book In A Dark, Dark Wood.
I think overall she's a good writer and I enjoy her writing style quite a bit. This book is similar in style and pace and it's exciting and keeps you guessing. Unfortunately, as in her previous book, the main character does a good bit of melodramatic whining. I'm not sure if this component of the character's personality was part of the point of the story. I suppose it provides a contrast for her eventual transformation, but it was so grating I almost stopped listening. Thankfully the whining factor diminishes in the last quarter of the book.
I'm glad I kept listening because I really enjoyed the story and the ending. It's not a great book, but I think it's pretty solid and was worth the credit.
The narration is well done.
After this book no.
No I wouldn't waste money or another credit on one of her books again.
The narrator's voice was extremely annoying. I couldn't get past it.
I was very disappointed with this book. The summary compared this book to novels written by Agatha Christie and I think that is an insult to her work. The main character in this novel was the most annoying character I have ever come across. She was constantly second guessing herself, making the reader think she was just being paranoid the entire time. It was like the author wanted the reader to feel bad for her. In the end, I did not enjoy how she was always the "damsel in distress" needing to be saved by everyone and making a bigger mess of every situation.
I really liked the story but the amount of vulgar language was really disappointing. I probably won't listen to any of her other books because of the language.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The only emotion this audiobook stirred in me was anger. It was an absolute waste of my time listening to one long panic attack down to the most excruciating detail. The book is 90% about how scared and bad Lo feels all the time. The narrator is normally good, but on this story, Lo sounds like she is on the verge of crying all the time.
The plot was very promising and suspenseful, but is wasted by making the book about a girl that needs some serious emotional help. My advice to Ruth Ware is that other writers successfully write about damaged souls by adding humor, warmth, and a much better paced story.
I did enjoy Ware's book "In the Dark, Dark Wood", but this book was so bad I will never listen to another Ware story.
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