The Woman in Cabin 10 is the sophomore effort by Ruth Ware. And it's a mighty effort indeed.
Lo Blacklock gets the chance of her career as a travel writer. The chance to cover the maiden voyage of The Aurora, an exclusive, intimate, and luxurious new cruise ship. Lo jumps at the chance, it will advance her career, and get her away from her apartment, where she was recently robbed.
Self medicating with alcohol, Lo thinks she heard someone, a woman, be thrown overboard on the first night of the cruise. She reports the possible crime, but all the guests and crew are accounted for. In a drunken haze, could Lo have imagined the whole thing? But what about the woman she saw in cabin 10. The woman she borrowed mascara from. The woman who isn't on the ship anymore. The woman who seems to have never been onboard.
As Lo investigates what happened on the ship, there are some strange happenings. Most of those happenings revolve around the possible evidence that there really was another woman on the ship. There are a number of twists and turns in the novel, and I didn't see any of them coming. The traumas that Lo experienced before coming on the ship are tightly wound with her increasing sense of danger, and she slides farther down the rabbit hole in search of the truth.
The Woman in Cabin 10 has some great pre-release reviews, and I have to add mine to that growing list. It was very enjoyable, unpredictable, and gripping. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy mysteries, and murder on the high seas. And make certain to block out several hours to dedicate to it, you won't want to stop turning the pages to see what happens next.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Gallery/Scout Press in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Woman in Cabin 10
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press (July 19, 2016)
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc