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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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Gripping...

I love a novel that holds your interest so tight that you can't turn it off. Even better when you don't guess what is coming around the corner. Perhaps their will be a sequel??

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if you like action this book is made for you!

amazing plot, a lot of action and a great voice performance. i found it difficult stop listening.

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Not for me

I wanted to love this but I found it hard to listen to. I loved Gone Girl and Girl on the Train but this just seemed off to me. I didn't find any of it realistic including simple dialogue. There were a few twists but a lot of it was obvious and you just had to wait for the narrator to figure it out. I am surprised it has such high ratings.

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Awful

Tedious and unconvincing. Reader mispronounces words in her slapdash drive to the end (although I couldn't stand it and gave up after four chapters.) Story is flat and pedestrian. This book is another triumph for the publisher's marketing department - shame on you, it's absolute rubbish

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Great nail biter

Really enjoyable. Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not to be missed!

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Good old fashioned page turner

From the moment I started listening to this and all the way through to the end… The story and the narrator held me. I couldn't put it down. Bravo!

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Keeps you guessing

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?

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  • Claire
  • 02-10-17

Don't bother

I had pretty high hopes for this book, audible seem to be pushing it quite a lot but I found it very frustrating. The main character is so pathetic I ended up willing her not to get out of trouble! If I heard the sentence "I was soooo tired" one more time I though I might scream.

I did get to the end, pulled through by the great performance of the narrator, but it was not a brilliant listen at all.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • AC
  • 08-29-16

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

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Carôle
  • 07-11-16

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!

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-13-16

Brilliant!!!

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Erica
  • 08-20-16

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicky
  • 10-31-16

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorna
  • 07-25-16

Claustrophobic thriller

I enjoyed this book far more than other recent reviewers. I thought the sense of place on the boat - cramped, disorientating, sinister - was excellent and I liked Imogen Church's narration a lot. Perhaps a bit rushed at the end, though that seems a common fault.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • MR
  • 02-25-17

brilliant!

found it hard going at first, but as it got going, it became reminiscent of a classic Agatha Christie mystery in a beautiful, modern day setting. The ending left me with a genuine, if not guilty, smile. thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • M R F EAGLING
  • 12-13-16

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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • E J Hewitson
  • 07-21-16

Most irritating narrator ever

I will never listen to another book narrated by Imogen Church. The story was mediocre, predictable and way too drawn out, but the narration made it even worse. The accents would have made me laugh out loud if they hadn't been so annoying. Don't buy it. I tried to give no stars, but couldn't. The only thing I can't understand is why I finished it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MandyM
  • 07-09-17

Good story but awful narration

What did you like best about The Woman in Cabin 10? What did you like least?

I enjoyed this book overall, even though the main protagonist, Lo Blacklock, was unbelievably annoying at times. I found myself screaming at her when she did yet another inept thing. There was a good twist at the end, although I had worked it out and was not surprised. This book was let down by the narration. Imogen Church overdid the dramatic bit, increasing my irritation. I suspect that I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it rather than listening to it. The book begins with Lo Blacklock waking up one night with an intruder in her home. This is not particularly relevant to the plot, other than underlining that she is neurotic, although one should not be dismissive of mental illness and she does take medication for an anxiety disorder. This is partly why no one believes her when she thinks that someone has been murdered in the eponymous cabin 10, the cabin next to hers on an exclusive small cruise ship. Lo has been invited in the maiden voyage in her capacity as a travel writer. The rest of the guests are also from the press, and they are all awful. The only vaguely likable character is Lo's boyfriend Judah, but his is a bit-part only.

What could Ruth Ware have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think the book could have been shortened and more tightly edited. Some of the dramatization was over done.

Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?

None. I did not like her reading at all.

Did The Woman in Cabin 10 inspire you to do anything?

Scream.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • 07-02-17

It was lacking something

I couldn't finish this. I felt that the author missed something. She went from hearing a splash in the water to immediately concluding there had been a murder. That was odd. Where was the build up of suspician or evidence. Really disappointed.

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  • Katia
  • 09-16-17

Gripping!

narration was fantastic and the story had me hanging onto every word until the end

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  • Heidi
  • 05-31-17

tense, claustrophobic and nail-bitingly intense

The Woman in Cabin 10 was one of my best finds on kindle monthly deals this year – and one of my favourite audiobook mysteries of 2017 to date. I loved everything about this book, from the neurotic main protagonist Lo Blacklock to its claustrophobic setting on a boat where there is a killer on the loose. With increasing interest in the legal loopholes of death at sea (which is a fascinating subject, I agree), there have been quite few contemporary novels which have exploited the controversy to create tense mysteries with their own unique take on the obstacles encountered by victims or families of victims seeking answers, and justice. But by far none of them have done it quite as well as Ruth Ware, who – in my humble opinion – has created a true masterpiece of suspense set aboard a luxury yacht. I really love a good cat-and-mouse game, and this was one of the best!

Ensconced in the tight (but relatively safe) confines of my car, I could picture Lo’s growing panic trapped aboard the boat with a killer only too well – and nobody willing to believe her story. Ironically, at the same time, I was yearning for just such a luxury trip, and bemoaning Lo’s persistence to pursue the story. Chill, Lo, just sit in the hot-tub and sip champagne! With Lo being slightly on the neurotic side (an understatement) and not disinclined to imbibe in alcohol to self-medicate her PTSD, there is of course always that niggling doubt as to how reliable her reality really is. Is Lo going crazy? Is her paranoia not stepping slightly over the conspiracy-theory line? Was there ever even a girl in Cabin 10? But every time I thought I had worked it all out, Ware managed to toss another curveball, throw a bit of tense action into the mix. I especially loved the inclusion of the “now” elements into the story, the emails and blog posts concerning Lo’s disappearance. So very well done!

This was an extremely tense, claustrophobic and nail-bitingly intense read that kept me guessing throughout, and had me sitting quietly in my carport late at night still listening to “just a few more minutes” because I absolutely had to find out what happens next. Praise also goes to Imogen Church, whose voice was perfect for Lo’s character and made listening all the more compelling and enjoyable!

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  • Lulu
  • 04-25-17

unsuspecting story! loved this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

100%, gripping book! I loved this one, I couldn't put it down! Lots of twists in the book, good tension built throughout.

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  • Gemma
  • 01-18-17

Twist & turns galore

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Loved this, great twists and turns, really easy to follow the story & kept me on the edge of my seat till the end. Loved the narration, Imogen was perfect

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  • Tatiana Brusyanina
  • 10-13-16

That was OK, but wouldn't recommend

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in Cabin 10 to be better than the print version?

I only heard the audio version, have not seen the printed book. and I don't think I would be more interested in either of them. Idea is interesting, but not original.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me very annoyed sometimes hearing the main heroine being always not sure, not been able to do something, always stressed and depressed. In the end whatever happened to her was the result of some very stupid actions; and then for another couple of chapters she would sit and think how stupid she was....

Any additional comments?

It was not a complete waste of time, but i would not recommend it to anybody.

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