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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Setting: Hull, UK, North Sea, and Norway - Present Day
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Release Date: July 19, 2016

Writer Laura "Lo" Blacklock wakes up to an intruder in her home. This is just the start of events that are about to tear her world apart. With very little time before she's set to go on a maiden voyage from Hull, England, to Norway, she rushes to report the crime to police, get prepared for her work trip, and deal with her boyfriend's announcement that he bypassed a job in the U.S. to remain with her. It's a little too much.

Lo must focus on her job writing about a new luxury cruise that runs from England to Norway. It's a small, intimate luxury ship. Never does she expect to see a woman thrown overboard and then have no one believe her. It's made more difficult when despite what she knows she saw, everyone on the passenger and crew list have been accounted for. When she's given an ominous message to "stop digging," Lo realizes that despite it all, she did see something, and she's determined to uncover the truth.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is told through two perspectives. First, there is Lo. She has a history of anxiety and takes medications for it, so that alters other characters' perceptions of her and what she claims to have seen. Periodically, there are also emails or texts sent by her boyfriend who becomes frustrated that she's not responding to his messages. It is this latter viewpoint that really starts to get the reader involved in what's really happening on that cruise and creates an ample amount of tension and suspense.

I've read Ruth Ware's books before and really loved In a Dark, Dark Wood last year. With The Woman in Cabin 10, I found that the blurbs I'd been sent were pretty true. There was a touch of an Agatha Christie feel to this novel. I admit, it didn't go where I thought it would. I won't give a spoiler, but I thought something completely different was at play as the mystery starts taking shape. I was kept guessing and when it all played out, I was certainly not disappointed.

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