The Woman in Cabin 10
Book Review - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The academic year at Indiana University began last week, which means I'm making regular 8 hour, round-trip commutes from Chicago to Bloomington again. The silver lining to this insane commute is that I get through a book via Audible with each trip! The first book I chose to listen to was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. This book was chosen by my Bloomington Book Club, a group of 5 of my friends who get together to discuss books for a few minutes and then drink lots of wine and talk about life. We are a stereotypical book club, but I love it.
Listening to books via Audible always adds a new dimension to my book review because sometimes a narrator can make or break the book - I thought Imogen Church did a great job performing this book and her performance kept me engaged throughout. Compared to a friend of mine who read the hard copy, I was much more engrossed by the story. My friend got stuck in the first section about Lo's burglary and couldn't get to the meat of the story which occurred on the boat.
The book is about Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist who was assigned to write an article about a new luxury cruise ship. Right before she is scheduled to leave, her home is burgled while she is asleep. She has a run-in with the burglar which leaves her shaken. To make matters worse, she has an argument with her boyfriend and leaves on her trip before things with him are resolved. She isn't quite on top of her game as she leaves for this assignment, which is a big break in her career.
Early in the trip, Lo's trip derails when she witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. But when she reports the incident, all passengers seem to be accounted for. But the woman she met in the cabin next to her, a cabin that was supposed to be empty, is nowhere to be seen. Is Lo experiencing a mental breakdown brought on by the stress she experienced before coming on board or is there a woman in trouble who needs her help?
If you're a fan of Ruth Ware (you may remember my review of her book, In a Dark, Dark Wood) then you'll absolutely enjoy this book. I often turn to mysteries when I'm looking for a book that doesn't make me think too hard and can keep me engrossed and entertained. This book lived up to that. And I was left wondering what was going on close to the very end. Not too predictable, but not too unlikely either.
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