The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked up The Woman In Cabin 10 after finishing Paula Hawkins' Into the Water. I'm not much of a suspense/thriller/mystery type reader, but Ruth Ware's bestselling novel is truly a read for anyone. The depth of the story, the excitement of the plot, the setting, and the main character make this a quality book in all ways.
The book starts with a terrible robbery leaving Lo Blacklock on edge. Nonetheless, she leaves for a business trip aboard a luxury cruise ship. As a journalist, she's hoping the trip will help her move up the ladder. Nonetheless, when a horrific mystery taints the trip early on, Lo finds herself in a terrifying position--stuck aboard a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean with certainty that no one can be trusted. Lo begins digging for answers but soon finds herself in harms way with no one to turn to. Trapped in the middle of the ocean without anyone to help her, she's faced with a harrowing situation of survival and morality.
This book kept me engaged from page one. Lo is a very imperfect character. She is flawed and suffers from many ailments, making the reader constantly question the narrator's reliability. I adore books that can pull this feat off convincingly and make me question what's actually happening. The plot was also exciting and kept me engaged the entire time. I loved the format of the book because we get to see correspondence back home between Lo's loved ones as the trip unfolds.
I found the ending to be satisfying. I like that this book focused on the plot and not heavily on deep, introspective reads. This is a super fast read but an exciting one. Ruth Ware is a master at weaving together a thrilling plot with characters we grow to love. I will definitely be checking out her next book.
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