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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"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.
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!
This book, though a relatively good plot gave me a bad headache through out. So much moaning and bad characterisation to possibly give me a migraine
"Good, but not great"
Yes, it was my first audiobook experience and I thought it was well worth it. I'd listen to it on my way to work.
I haven't listened to books by Ruth Ware before, but I have read her other book A Dark, Dark Wood, which wasn't great so I guess I didn't have high expectations for this one, hence why I used my complimentary credit upon joining it. Same depressing characters that you struggle to empathise with. Just one string of bad luck after the next, they were both unbelievable, but there were good attempts at twists but again, very unrealistic.
Her performance was good and her accents were definitely impressive, the only problem is that they sounded almost comical, as if she were narrating a comedy book or something. Not really suited to set the scene for a thriller, but that might've been the poor character development on the author's part.
No, not really.
What I really didn't like about Laura Blacklock was that she was supposed to be a journalist and yet she failed to tease out important facts early on. Isn't that what a journalist does? She was so greatly naïve that it was at some points painful listening to her. I don't believe anyone is that clueless, least of all a so-called journalist.
"avoid this book its terrible"
if you want to listen to a story about a paranoid women the story all about her hang ups so boring
no no no
she did not help
the whole book
"Voices were off-putting"
The story was gripping but the narration Spoilt it in parts because of the way the female narrator voiced some of the male voices.
"found the lead character infuriating"
This plot had the potential for so much more development with other characters and I found myself just getting annoyed with the lead character and almost giving up with the book on several occasions. the last quarter of the book is probably the best bit
"In the end ok but 1st half a drag"
In the end the book was ok but especially the first half of the book was nearly boring. The main character's neurotic behaviour was irritating and made the book boring. If this had been paper copy not audiobook I would have skipped the middle part and just read the last 20 pages.
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