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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It was a good mystery, I found it impossible to guess what would happen next or predict any of the plot twists; lots of suspense to keep you hooked!
At first it had a somewhat of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery feel, a closed environment with a fixed list of suspects, but with a faster moving plot.
Most of the story takes place on the boat, and just when you think you know what’s happening, you get a snippet of what’s going on “off the boat, back home” and any conclusions you may have reached are dashed.
How long until they make a movie?
"far to drawn out"
quickly lost sympathy with heroine the plot moved slowly and Lo was extremely irritating character
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!
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.
"Drab and boring"
Drab and boring. And I thought that the storyline was unrealistic and the narrator made it even more so. The main character was really unlikable
"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!
"this is not a good book"
Both the narration and the story were awful. I still can't figure out why I finished the book....
I struggled through this one. A combination of slightly annoying narration and hugely dislikable main character. Hoped the story would make up for it but sadly not. (Think maybe I've been spoilt by Henning Menkell/Jo Nesbo and the amazing narration of Sean Barratt!)
The story promised so much, but the dialogue quickly became repetitive and the plot development was monotonous.
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