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 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.
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 have to tell you, I saw this book, read the blurbs and skipped it, first time around. Then I bought and read, "In A Dark Dark Wood" and was blown away by how good it was, so I went back to "Cabin 10" and bought that. Glad I did.
Great book -- I was hooked from page one. Certainly a unique concept -- I've never really thought about how vulnerable people are while on cruises, but I get the idea. Being outside the jurisdiction of your own country, and dependent -- to some extent -- on the country of the registry of the ship -- is a pretty scary situation, if someone is out to get you. Ruth Ware uses this vulnerability expertly, and makes a very sinister situation of it all.
I admit there were a couple of "refrigerator" questions -- things you don't think about while listening, but occur to you only after you've finished, and are digging around in the fridge for a snack -- but I won't name them here. You'll either have your own questions, or you won't -- you don't need mine. I mention this just to say that there are some unresolved issues (in my opinion) but that none of it occurred to me until well after I'd finished the book, and thus did nothing at all to decrease my appreciation.
Special tribute to narrator Imogen Church who did a masterful job on the whole thing, including perfectly respectable work on the Norwegian accents, throughout. I'm no authority on Norwegian accents, but she managed to convey "Scandinavian" without making any of the characters sound stupid, which is what happens many times. Anyway, Church did a good job.
At this writing, there are only two Ruth Ware books on Audible. Since I really really really enjoyed them both, I hope there are more, soon. Encore!!
Kudos to Ruth Ware for making it as a successful writer, but man, some of the passages in this book are soo bad that I honestly can't figure out how she's done it.
In an exciting book you generally want an active protagonist -- someone assertive, decisive, with lots of drive and agency. When your first-person narrative is coming from a weak, neurotic limp flower like Lo, who much of the time isn't even free to move around, it makes for dull reading.
This is, admittedly, a difficult book to narrate, with English and American and Scandinavian accents. It would probably be difficult to find someone who could do all three accents well. But as someone who grew up in both the US and the UK, and has heard a lot of Brits do American accents, I have to say that Church's is particularly bad. For the Judah character she literally does an Italian-American tough-guy gangster accent, the kind you'd hear in "Goodfellas" or "The Sopranos". This accent may loom large on the big screen, but almost no Americans actually speak this way in real life.
I tend to lean toward the thrillers and mysteries during the summer months, and this one pleasantly surprised me. It wasn't my typical thriller, but I enjoyed the twists. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I didn't, and once I finally did, I had to know how the events played out...
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.
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