Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The lowdown:

Lo Blacklock finds herself covering the maiden voyage of a super yacht surrounded by the rich and famous as well as people from her past a brief encounter with her neighbour has her diving into the lives of her fellow passengers and her own psyche as she tries to find out what happened to the woman in Cabin 10.

Fans of:

And then there were none, Girl on a train, Nocturnal Animals or just anything high octane and atmospheric.


I’ve been stuck in a reading slump for the past couple of weeks and have stopped and started many books, this one I manage to read in a single sitting. And it managed to keep be enthralled while goofing off at work and on the train home.

The good:

Ruth Ware’s writing style is so easy to get stuck into and you get into the head of a very complicated woman who you might not be able to trust.

The setting a boat in the middle of the Nordic sea is perfect for this type of crime story, as it becomes increasingly catastrophic going on through the book

The tiny cast of characters all feel vivid and full of their own rich backstories and each could have a motive

The cuttings of social media posts, newspapers and emails heightened the sense of danger as the book became more and more isolated.


The bad:

The ending was…weird… to say the least, I’m not talking about the elaborate reason behind the girl in Cabin 10, but Lo’s ability to piece everything together in a matter of moments as the woman is revealed.

I was expecting more of confrontation with Richard about his reasons behind it, instead we saw it all through Carrie’s perspective and he felt more ominous than if there was an actual confrontation.

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One thought on “Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

  1. Okay, I read In a Dark Dark Wood and loved it! I didn’t read the very end of the review just in case there are spoilers. I haven’t finished this book. It just didn’t grab me the same way her other book did. Hopefully at some point I will finish it. I’m glad you liked it!

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