The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

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...

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The Woman in Cabin 10 Reviews

  • Melissa

    If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t go into this book with the highest of expectations. In fact, I’m not even sure what made me request an advanced copy. It’s no secret, I wasn’t a huge fan of

    . Unlike a lot of other readers, I found it to be kind of slow and predictable. This one on the other hand -

    .

    A cruise ship in the middle of the ocean turned out to be the perfect setting for a chilling tale. I could feel the ebb and flow of the nausea inducing

    If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t go into this book with the highest of expectations. In fact, I’m not even sure what made me request an advanced copy. It’s no secret, I wasn’t a huge fan of

    . Unlike a lot of other readers, I found it to be kind of slow and predictable. This one on the other hand -

    .

    A cruise ship in the middle of the ocean turned out to be the perfect setting for a chilling tale. I could feel the ebb and flow of the nausea inducing waves, the panic that set in with the claustrophobic quarters and the fear of being trapped on a ship in the middle of nowhere, with no connection to home. How creepy.

    Can you imagine your sanity hinging on a tube of Maybelline mascara? I know, it sounds kind of silly, right? That borrowed tube is Lo Blacklock’s only proof that she actually saw a woman in Cabin 10. Does the disappearance of that pink and green tube support Lo’s claim that she saw someone being tossed off the balcony or just confirm that she’s gone completely mad?

    I can tell you the author did a great job of making me question everyone. I was convinced it was all in Lo’s mind. That she was inadvertently making everything up. That she was confused. Until the author managed to throw me off with some of the other shady passengers. Then I felt like maybe I was the one that was confused.

    I was back and forth so many times with my theories and in the end - I was wrong.

    . Seriously, is there anything better than reading a suspense/thriller and finding out that you were totally off-base?

    The beginning was a little bit of a slow start, but it picked up pretty quickly, and next thing you know, I couldn’t put it down.

    I can’t wait to see what she throws at us next.

  • Linda

    I received a copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Scout Press, and Ruth Ware for the opportunity. This book will be published in July, 2016.

    You know the feeling.....poised for sound and vigilant for any hint of the slightest evidence of movement. You are alone. At least that is what your mind tells you.

    Lo Blacklock has barely an eye open after a night of some serious throwing 'em back drinking. But there are sounds coming from the out

    I received a copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Scout Press, and Ruth Ware for the opportunity. This book will be published in July, 2016.

    You know the feeling.....poised for sound and vigilant for any hint of the slightest evidence of movement. You are alone. At least that is what your mind tells you.

    Lo Blacklock has barely an eye open after a night of some serious throwing 'em back drinking. But there are sounds coming from the outer periphery of her tiny basement apartment. And why is the door closed? A turn of the doorknob reveals a man completely encased in a cocoon of black clothing and wearing latex gloves. Shock finds Lo instantly and she is completely immobile. The door slams and Lo is locked inside.

    Later, Lo is able to break out of her bedroom prison. But the break-in leaves Lo shattered and filled with fear. It has a downward affect on her relationship with her boyfriend as well. Lo gladly accepts an assignment from the travel magazine that she works for in order to flee from this nightmare. She boards the cruise liner, Aurora Borealis, on its maiden voyage. No harm can ever come to her way out in the distant waters. She finally embraces a haven that she believes to be safe. But is she really?

    And here comes an injection of "gaslighting" at its finest. Lo experiences the freight train collision of witnessing a body being tossed overboard. She runs next door to Cabin 10 to alert the woman who had just loaned her a mascara earlier in the evening. No one is there and no passenger has been booked for that cabin. In fact, the passenger/crew list is intact. No one, but no one, is left unaccounted for. Have too many rounds of gin and tonic left Lo's brain pickled and off kilter?

    The tension mounts as Lo clings to what she believes and feels actually happened. But there are no takers for the story that is ripping her to shreds inside. Self-doubt wants to take permanent residence inside her already fragile mind taunt with high-pitched anxiety.

    Ruth Ware provides an easy, quick writing style. The dialogue is crisp and not bogged down with endless soliloquy. The build-up is relentless. As the reader, you take pity on Lo and don't want to leave her adrift here. So you keep turning pages.....

    Now the conclusion may or may not fit the bill for you. We each bring our own experiential backgrounds to the act of reading. But I will say this, I'm glad to have taken that eerie cruise with Lo. It will not leave you adrift with wonder. It all plays out in those deep, deep waters.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I should start by saying I ended up not reading the author's first book,

    , because someone I know spoiled the whole "big twist" for me. I also should say I wasn't very disappointed as I wouldn't have enjoyed spending all the time invested reading it for another

    wannabe. I'm getting a little tired of everyone wanting to write the next big hit in the genre, but writing THE EXACT same story with d

    Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I should start by saying I ended up not reading the author's first book,

    , because someone I know spoiled the whole "big twist" for me. I also should say I wasn't very disappointed as I wouldn't have enjoyed spending all the time invested reading it for another

    wannabe. I'm getting a little tired of everyone wanting to write the next big hit in the genre, but writing THE EXACT same story with differently named characters.

    I'll also say that, while comparing the plots of her two books, this one was loads improved and I was interested to see what she wrote next, as I felt it would be more a show of her own work instead of trying to be the next big thing. You can read the plot for this one on the book page, but basically, Lo is a journalist who has the opportunity to cover a story aboard a swanky new cruise ship where things start to go awry.

    Because so few people have read this so far, I'm not going to hash out every problem I had with this book, but I'll give some very vague generalizations as to not ruin the experience for someone else. I had big problems with the very beginning and the last 20% of this book. The middle 60% was honestly spot on, and if the entire book had been written with that sense of excellency it would have been a 5 star read.

    THINGS I LIKED:

    Another reviewer named Denise brought this up first, but I liked how she described the format of this book reading like a classic

    novel. Group of people confined in a small area surrounding a murder. This is always a plus for me. I fangirl over any and all things reminiscent of Christie.

    The pacing, after the first 25% was great! The suspense built, layer upon layer, until you just wanted to devour the rest to find out "whodunnit". Unfortunately, you do find out who the culprit is a little earlier than expected, with a few minor twists nearing the end.

    There was one big twist I 100% did not see coming. I always like being taken off my game so this was a positive for me; however, I can already see many people having a problem with not only this twist, but the whole dang book because everything was very unrealistic.

    THINGS I DISLIKED:

    Lo Blacklock. Dear God, I loathed this woman. I've never had to follow the story of such a peculiar, whiny, uncomfortable woman in all my reading. She did seem to find a backbone toward the end which I did appreciate. I'm just not sure how to pity a woman who is defined by passages like this (paraphrasing by me):

    "I don't want to have sex with you Ben"-Lo

    *Ben grabs Lo's breast in attempt to have sex with her anyway*

    *Lo knees Ben in crotch*

    SCENE

    Immediately following, Lo is crying in her room with Ben's arm around her and he is trying to make her feel less guilty for her kneeing him in the crotch. This, proceeded by the mascara incident (which I know was an important scene in the book), just grated on me.

    So many random incidents happen in this book without being tied together or having any explanation. I think she threw certain plot points in to give us a better overall understanding of Lo and her bizarre actions, but it just didn't work for me. I honestly am sitting here and am not entirely sure I even know how this book ended.

    If you enjoyed her first book, you will very likely enjoy this one as well. I can't say I didn't enjoy this one, as it was a quick, compelling read, but I did expect much more from it. This felt jumbled, confusing, and like a debut that you expect to be a little rough. There is definitely talent here; I'm hoping book 3 will show stronger growth in the author's writing, but I still think I would recommend to those who are looking for an easy, quick read to capture their attention. And I hope you all don't hate me for not loving this book as much as you probably will. :)

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 stars

    This is my first book by Ruth Ware. I have always wanted to take a luxury cruise and so the plot of this book intrigued me.

    I was actually going to read Dark Dark Wood prior to reading this novel. However, since I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, so I figured I could always go back and read Dark Dark Wood some other time.

    Journalist, Laura (Lo) Blacklock is a writer for a travel magazine. Lo suffers

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 stars

    This is my first book by Ruth Ware. I have always wanted to take a luxury cruise and so the plot of this book intrigued me.

    I was actually going to read Dark Dark Wood prior to reading this novel. However, since I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, so I figured I could always go back and read Dark Dark Wood some other time.

    Journalist, Laura (Lo) Blacklock is a writer for a travel magazine. Lo suffers from anxiety and after a terrifying home invasion she doesn't feel safe anywhere anymore. Maybe her new work assignment will help. It is a free week-long trip on a luxury cruise. This assignment could also help with the promotion she's been wanting.

    The Aurora is a beautiful brand new boat. Luxurious but small and intimate with only ten cabins.

    But the assignment of a lifetime soon turns into a nightmare when Lo is positive she sees a woman from the cabin next door thrown off the boat. But that can't have happened as all passengers on the boat are accounted for....

    Lo is insistent and knows that she didn't imagine the woman she spoke to, the woman even gave her a tube of mascara. So where is she now? Where is the woman from cabin 10?

    No one seems to take her concerns seriously.

    Did she have too much to drink? Is she losing her mind?

    I did have a bit of trouble getting into the book at first. I'm not entirely sure why but I found my mind wandering. However, once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. I had a few minor issues with the plot and a hard time with Lo's character at first ....but she grew on me.

    Honestly, the suspense was good and I had no idea what was going to happen next but I definitely wanted to find out.

    All in all this was a creepy (in a good way) and entertaining read, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

    I would like to thank Goodreads Giveaways for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I just knew I was going to love this book because I love the cover. I know, that almost never happens =) Then I thought this was just going to be a lets all get drunk at all times and then say stupid things and yell at boyfriend and get drunk some more and see a body on a ship, the end, goodbye. Well, it was kinda like that. What is it with everyone having to be drunk all of the time in these books?

    When I first started the book last night, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to get to the ship and

    I just knew I was going to love this book because I love the cover. I know, that almost never happens =) Then I thought this was just going to be a lets all get drunk at all times and then say stupid things and yell at boyfriend and get drunk some more and see a body on a ship, the end, goodbye. Well, it was kinda like that. What is it with everyone having to be drunk all of the time in these books?

    When I first started the book last night, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to get to the ship and see what was going on. Then once we were on there, I wanted to keep going but sleep took me away.

    The beginning of the story was bleh for me because I just wanted to get to the boat and I didn't see any reason for that beginning. Then when you're on the boat and the beginning is used against the main character, Lo Blacklock, I began to understand.

    Lo is a travel journalist and is finally getting to go on a trip because her boss is preggers. Unfortunately for her, she sees a body get thrown off the boat, no one believes her, she has no proof and when she does get proof, it gets removed. She wonders if she's crazy or what.

    I just wanted to get to the end to see what in the world was going on and who did what, when and how. I certainly didn't think it was actually what happened. Then throughout the book there were reports of Lo Blacklock's death and they found a body and I was like, "What?"

    It's all crazy train, er, crazy boat, but I did enjoy it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it near enough to buy the book with the awesome cover. Or did I?

    MY BLOG:

  • Laura

    Meh. I enjoyed Ruth Ware's debut a lot more than this one. I found I was expected to suspend my disbelief even more in

    and I wasn't having any of it. It also felt like a not as good carbon copy of

    . Usually even with all the similarities of thrillers these days, I can find enough originality in the story to feel the author didn't *try* to follow the same formula. That didn't exactly happen here. It felt like the author just replaced a few facts with s

    Meh. I enjoyed Ruth Ware's debut a lot more than this one. I found I was expected to suspend my disbelief even more in

    and I wasn't having any of it. It also felt like a not as good carbon copy of

    . Usually even with all the similarities of thrillers these days, I can find enough originality in the story to feel the author didn't *try* to follow the same formula. That didn't exactly happen here. It felt like the author just replaced a few facts with similar enough things..changed the train into a luxury cruise liner. Changed a few details here and there. And boom...here's a new book. I guess I'll delve into the plot a tiny bit to get my point across while still avoiding spoilers.

    Laura Blacklock (she goes by Lo) suffers from extreme anxiety to the point of needing medicine to keep it under control. When a break-in occurs in her apartment with her present, it brings her fear and anxiety to a whole new high. Lo's sleep is suffering a great deal. She got in a huge fight with her boyfriend. But she still has to go on this week long luxury cruise assignment for work since her boss is on maternity leave. This could be her way of finally getting that promotion if Lo can just keep it together enough to network among important people and help put their small travel magazine,

    , on the map.

    The

    is a brand new super-luxury cruise liner that will travel around the Norwegian fjords for it's maiden voyage. It's rather small with only 10 cabins, a maximum of 20 passengers, and a handpicked staff on board. Lo is roomed in cabin 9. It isn't far into the trip when Lo is woken by a scream from the cabin next door followed by a loud splash. She goes out onto the veranda to see blood on the neighboring balcony. She calls security to report what happened, but there's nothing in cabin 10. The guest who was supposed to be in that room didn't make the cruise. Which is odd because Lo swears she borrowed mascara from a girl in cabin 10 before dinner. There aren't any passengers missing, staff unaccounted for, nothing amiss other than Lo's report of what she witnessed. Is her anxiety-ridden mind mixed with the lack of sleep and abundance of alcohol playing tricks on her? Lo insists something happened. Nobody believes her.

    So I felt like we took Lo and made her unlikable and unreliable in the same way that was done in

    . Replace the alcoholism with intense anxiety giving others reason to question her reliability as a witness. It's another protagonist witnesses murder and no one believes her story. Add in the means of transportation...boat in place of train. It feels really similar. The twist isn't the same, though. But that's where my next problem resides. Was that even really much of a twist?! Yeah..the first part of it was good, but when it came to the actual end..I was left thinking it was unbelievably dumb because it was obvious. And I don't understand for the life of me how Lo didn't put that together. Is she stupid? Well maybe because a lot of what she did through the book did not make sense. I couldn't see the logic in her head even with all that she had going on.

    Plus her ex-boyfriend happens to be one of the other reporters on board adding a dose of drama. Because who else would Lo be able to get to believe her if anyone? I hated the way these two interacted. It made Lo appear even more weak. I couldn't stand it. This was probably on purpose no matter how aggravating it made Lo. It's annoying because the set up for the story was so great - a possible murder on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. It was a locked-room mystery a la

    , who might have done this better. This is something I've noticed in both

    's books - her inspirations from the classic author. I do hope to see more of this. I only wish this one had worked better. It was too similar to The Girl on the Train and had too many implausible moments for me.

  • Rachael

    I smacked my head on a low hanging light fitting earlier so am particularly grumpy, but here's what irked me about this book:

    Whining protagonist, too anxious (and irritating) to function.

    Plot holes bigger than the Grand Canyon.

    Every character unlikable.

    Glossed over sexual assault.

    Took Forever to get going.

    That ENDING, I hurt my eyes rolling them so hard.

    Guess what Lo Blacklock? I wouldn't have believed you either.

    The end.

  • Will M.

    The Woman in Cabin 10 promised an intense read, but all I felt after reading this was intense anger. Anger because I expected so much more than what the author promised. The premise is typical of a thriller novel, it depicts a rollercoaster ride. This novel unfortunately is a huge disappointment for me. So much time wasted.

    I listened to this book because I had other books I was already reading, and I need to listen to a book while driving. The narrator didn't have the most pleasing voice, but sh

    The Woman in Cabin 10 promised an intense read, but all I felt after reading this was intense anger. Anger because I expected so much more than what the author promised. The premise is typical of a thriller novel, it depicts a rollercoaster ride. This novel unfortunately is a huge disappointment for me. So much time wasted.

    I listened to this book because I had other books I was already reading, and I need to listen to a book while driving. The narrator didn't have the most pleasing voice, but she still did a good job. I believe that the character the author created, Lo, is the problem. She's a rude, conceited, and honestly a bit stupid. I hate thrillers with a good plot but has terrible characters. This novel has terrible characters and a mediocre plot.

    It all started with Lo and a certain event in her flat. That event made her paranoid and affected most of what happens next in the novel. When she finally got aboard The Aurora, I thought that it should get really good from here, but right from the start of her being onboard, it starts to get really dull and annoying. I didn't like her approach to people, even if the justification is because of what happened to her before, it's a bit unlikely that anyone is that rude. If I were to meet her in person, I would most likely hate her just from the introduction. The climax of the novel shouldn't even be considered as a real climax, because there is none. It's all rambling and talking to the crew. The mystery started to seem really boring because of all her rambling and complaining about everything.

    The most annoying part of the novel is the disgusting ending and revelation of the secret. That's it? I wasted 9 hours of my life listening to this piece of crap? I've read way better thrillers with cliches plot than this. This is probably the most overhyped book I've read in my life. I'm glad I didn't buy a physical copy because I might give it away to a person that I hate. I firmly believe that it wouldn't have made a difference if I read this, because I would be equally annoyed with the outcome, and the main character.

    After days of contemplating ,I can't give this more than 1 star. Whenever I remember this novel, there's no positive feeling or emotion felt toward it. If only I could forget about novels, this would be a good use of that ability.

  • Diane S ☔

    Deep sixing this one. Read only 14% so not rating it. Not feeling it and to be honest the dialogue just seems corny.

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