The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

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"From New York Times bestselling author of the "twisty-mystery" (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware--this time, set at sea. In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, 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: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong
Publisher: New York :, Scout Press,, 2016
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501132933
1501132938
9781501132957
1501132954
Call Number: F WARE RUT
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Woman in cabin ten

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jturner10
Oct 14, 2017

Given the waiting list, this book was extremely disappointing. A basic Agatha Christie storyline that was very slow to develop and quite a boring read. So bad, I basically skipped through the last half just to see "who done it". Not recommended.

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denise99
Oct 13, 2017

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a huge disappointment after reading Ruth Waring's previous novel In the Dark Dark Wood. The main character was hard to sympathize or relate to with her constantly being drunk. abrasive and traumatized. There were many times in the first half I was going to stop reading but continued on with all the good reviews and her previous book. The second half of the book Lo miraculously becomes sober, somber and articulate but can't save the book or the storyline.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 03, 2017

***SPOILERS***
I really really LOVED this book. I loved everything in it. The writing style, the characters and the Agatha Christie twist. Firstly, the narrator wasn't unlikable, she was interesting regardless of her weakness and medical condition. Secondly, Ben was the best character in this book and I was surprised how she chose Jude over him, I loved all his actions and really wished until the very end that she would break up with her boyfriend and be with him again. Anyways, I heard that it's going to be made into a movie and I'm really excited and had already imagined Emily Blunt as Lo, Hugh Jackman as Ben, Haley Benett as Chloe, Chris Hemsworth as Judah, and Alexandra Daddario as Carrie. I give this book 8/10 and it is VERY recommended.
- @Hebatallah of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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librarysrgr8
Sep 29, 2017

This book was very disappointing. I had the impression that it was written like it was an American TV script where the author was afraid to challenge the reader too much. The plot of the story is old hat and quite boring. I only kept reading this book just to finish it. If you enjoy a very mild mystery then this book is for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time. I really hope that her next book is much better.

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trevordunfordswife
Sep 19, 2017

Preferred The Lying Game but still a good book. Really enjoyed it, some great lines. Very good narrator, same as Lying Game.

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mcmitch
Sep 15, 2017

Very disappointed in this book. There seemed to be so much hype regarding it, I was expecting something more. Did not find it compelling or suspenseful, couldn't sympathize with the main character. It was very slow moving for me and the story didn't seem to know where it should be going. I ended up just continuing to read in order to finish it (it did pick up a bit near the end) but I wish I had spent time reading something more worthwhile. Wouldn't recommend it.

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chanel_chu
Aug 28, 2017

The Woman in Cabin 10 was an easy read and had an interesting plot. The ending was not something I had predicted (which is good since it kept me reading). I had difficulty sympathizing with the main character even with the story being told from her perspective. It's a bit hard to relate to the heroine and I don't know enough about PTSD and anxiety disorders to know if the writer did a good job portraying it. I felt like the writing could have done more to justify her actions and choices because she just seemed like an annoyingly paranoid lunatic the entire time. Arguably, this could have been the intention of the writer all along.

Overall, the story was interesting but frustrating at times and will definitely induce some eye rolling from critical readers. I'm not sure I would recommend this to a friend.

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susan_findlay
Aug 26, 2017

This is a really hard book to review because it's very uneven. It's divided into several "parts", each of which consists of several chapters. Most of the parts end with some sort of communication (email, newspaper article, etc.) relating to the story but not part of the core story. These endings are the author's most effective tool for building suspense. Without them, I'm not sure I would have made it to the second half of the book.

The first two parts were deathly dull. We meet the main character, Lo (short for Laura) whose main character traits appear to be "drinks a lot" and "is mean to her boyfriend". Not the most compelling heroine. I really should have felt bad for her given the opening events, but I didn't. The author didn't convince me to like her first.

When the heroine finally gets to the boat and we finally encounter "the woman in cabin 10", the story starts to get somewhat more interesting. I still felt like I was mostly killing time for the middle section of the book though.

It was only when I got to the last third or so that the suspense really picked up. The last third(ish) of this book is excellent. Unfortunately, it's dragged down by the first two thirds(ish). I'd really like to give separate star ratings to each section but, since I can't, I'll average it out to somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 stars.

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PippaS
Aug 25, 2017

A disappointing read. Apart from my personal dislike of the main character (which is purely subjective), I found the writer unnecessarily long-winded. The constant repetition of plot points and character traits as the main character went over and over her self-doubt before the story moved forward frustrated me to the point that I skimmed most of the second half. It did have a satisfying ending but I wouldn't recommend it to mystery fans.

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merlinsilver
Aug 13, 2017

Very dark, cruel, and black hearted. Not sure why so many people want to read it. I wish I had not, very depressing.

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KatG613
May 09, 2017

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cknightkc
Jan 17, 2017

"I love ports. I love the smell of tar and sea air, and the scream of the gulls. Maybe it's years of taking the ferry to France for summer holidays, but a harbor gives me a feeling of freedom in a way that an airport never does. Airports say work and security checks and delays. Ports say... I don't know. Something completely different. Escape, maybe.” - p. 34

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