The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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
ISBN: 9781501132957
Branch Call Number: WARE
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Woman in cabin ten : a novel


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sapl3 Apr 08, 2020


If you liked The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl then chances are you’ll like Ruth Ware’s latest. Lo Blacklock is a journalist who writes for a travel magazine and has just been given the best assignment imaginable: a week on board a luxury cruise. Feeling a bit fragil... Read More »

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Apr 08, 2021

It wasn't bad but I've read better. I felt that I really didn't get into it. It was good enough to keep me reading mainly because I wanted to know what happened to the woman in cabin 10.

Mar 08, 2021

What a fantastic book. Never a dull moment on a cruise ship. A must read. Enjoy!!

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

This book was so so so good!! Fantastic story, very well written and an amazing twist at the end! That last page though...INCREDIBLE

Feb 16, 2021

Pretty good read. It was fast-paced and interesting, but it felt like things could have tied together a little better or been more in-depth.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Feb 16, 2021

This was so good and creepy. Creep factor aided by reading by headlamp due to loss of power.

Feb 13, 2021

The suggestion that this book is written in the style of Agatha Christie is an insult to Ms. Christie. Overly enamored of the elite vs. depicting them as mortals with flaws in elegant clothes and settings was only one of the distinctions.

Jan 05, 2021

The slowest plot I’ve ever read and lots of filler. I hoped that it would pick up but it never did. The ending wasn’t satisfying for suffering through 300 pages and not thought out.

Dec 15, 2020

Ware's strong writing, and her strengths in strong psychological characterization and moral outrage at class privilege are front and center. Well worth taking the ride!

Nov 08, 2020

So the book been lying on my table after the first few chapters, not sure if I can get back into it, don't really like the characters, !

Oct 31, 2020

A great suspenseful read. This kept me up late at night reading and reading and reading. A satisfying mystery and a quick read. I will look for other books by this author.

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May 09, 2017

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Apr 15, 2020

Lo Blacklock is a travel writer with an outstanding career opportunity- the chance to cover the Aurora, a luxury cruise liner with views of the Northern Lights. Despite her apartment being ransacked right before she leaves, Lo refuses to miss the cruise, though she self-medicates with alcohol and antidepressants to deal with her PTSD and insomnia. On the first evening of the trip, Lo encounters a flustered young woman in Cabin 10 before an awkward dinner with the other journalists, including her ex-boyfriend Ben, the yacht’s owner Lord Bullmer, and his wife Anne who is a cancer patient. Lo wakes up when she hears a scream and a loud splash and runs to the balcony where she thinks she sees a woman’s body in the water. She’s sure it’s the woman she met earlier that day in Cabin 10, but the head of security assures her that the room has been empty the entire time. No one believes Lo due to her drinking, so she spends the rest of the voyage trying to solve the case on her own, even though someone is now threatening Lo herself.


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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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