This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship.
Except things don't go 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 in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that her sleep problems might be driving her mad, or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer - and she is the sole witness....
©2016 Ruth Ware (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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I really enjoyed this. I found it hard to put down as I always wanted to know what happened next. It is an unusual thriller (which is a great plus in itself) that romps along with some surprising twists. I loved the final few chapters and the ending was very satisfying.
"Just. Too. Melodramatic!!"
I've never read Ruth Ware before, I didn't know what to expect, but this novel was just too melodramatic for my taste, like a 21st century Barbara Cartland!
Perhaps I'm over reacting to the character's reaction to being burgled, but it puts the story on an uncomfortable edge which borders on irritating and over the top imaginings! So I'm probably just intolerant of the whole thing or just unsympathetic. Either way, I found it very difficult to continue to care about what happens to her. So, I gave up the struggle.
Listen to the sample - the entire book seems to be like that, before you even arrive at the story! Not my cup of tea!
"far to drawn out"
quickly lost sympathy with heroine the plot moved slowly and Lo was extremely irritating character
Loved this! I struggle to find decent Audio Books and always end up returning them as they just get boring! Not this one, great story, kept me hooked until the end, it was tense and nail biting, just what I love. Imogen Church is a brilliant narrator.
"Another good listen from this author that I couldn't switch off."
This is the second book from Ruth Ware that I have listened to and again, I was surprised at how the slightly broken heroine somehow didn't annoy me and instead I found myself relating to her. I think this is partly due to good writing but also helped by an excellent narrator whose voice manages to relay the internal conflict of the lead character without making her sound whiny and annoying. While it isn't difficult to see where the plot is going from a reasonable way out, the author manages to keep you interested right to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this book. Other reviews I've read about the book do explain that the main character is slightly melodramatic, and the feel of the story is quite tense - but I really enjoyed that about it. The story was good, and the characters well written and had some depth. Narration was excellent - would recommend!
"well paced but ending too condensed "
a brilliant premise and we'll thought out novel... not overly well narrated especially when narrator takes on male characters. ending was predictable and rushed but over all a good story
"Not As Good As I Wanted It To Be"
A great idea, ordinarily executed. If you were pitching this to a Hollywood executive, you would say "Death On The Nile crossed with The Girl On The Train". Which sounds amazing. But then I solved the whodunnit part as soon as we met the characters for the first time. And the big reveal happens a long way from the end and we have a couple of hours of thriller to go. The heroine is not someone I would want to spend too much time with, and the number of times she has to wait "for a minute" to realise something just strikes me as lazy writing.
Imogen Church does well though. Good clear voice, great character voices. She injects as much drama as she can into it. And it was her that pulled me through to the end. I might have given up earlier if the performance wasn't as satisfying.
Twists and turns the whole way through , sinister sense of menace gives this book it's gripping story.
"Developed into a great adventure!"
Took a while to get going but worth the time to develop main character. Exciting adventure that had me wondering!
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