My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ruth Ware, how I love thee. Every book I read that is written by Ruth Ware is wonderful. She knows how to create new and unique plots and characters in each novel that she writes. You can always tell a book is written by Ware because of her slightly creepy edge, and the story is always well thought out and has a satisfactory conclusion.
So how was The Woman in Cabin 10? It was great as usual. When travel journalist Lo Blacklock’s latest assignment lands her on the maiden voyage of the newest luxury cruise liner, the Aurora, she is thrilled. The ship is beautiful, elegant, exclusive, and full of media members looking to cover the voyage. When Lo borrows a mascara from the woman in the cabin next to her (you guessed it…. cabin 10) something seems off about the woman’s demeanor. Things get stranger when she hears a ruckus in the night and goes out on the veranda to see blood on the balcony next to her and a body hitting the water. Panicking, she contacts security but when they enter cabin 10, they find that it is empty with no sign that a tenant every inhabited it. Is Lo mistaken? Was there ever really a woman there? Did she really see what she thinks she saw? Or is there something more sinister at play?
So the first half of the book really gave me a Murder on the Orient Express vibe. Murder on a secluded travel vehicle. Everybody is a suspect. Who can you trust? Are you trapped with a murderer? I was honing my inner Agatha Christie while the plot transpired. But, it definitely went less Murder on the Orient Express and more Investigation Discovery as the story unfolded. Loved the direction it took.
I can’t review this book without mentioning the wonderful and talented Imogen Church who is quickly becoming one of my favorite audiobook narrators. She has an ability to create really interesting voices that are all utterly unique, spanning many nationalities and dialects. Sometimes she even throws in unique character elements such as accents or lisps that add to each character’s individuality. She narrated Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway which was also amazing if you have not had to a chance to check it out. My review of that one here.
Overall, I was thrilled with the book and would highly recommend to anybody looking for something mysterious and sinister.