The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2016-07-19
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 978 Ratings




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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…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.


  • Good to the last page...

    By GrumpyAdWife
    Great read! Took a little bit of time to get into, but the last 100 pages flew by.
  • Suspense 🤔

    By Guad1984
    This book was actually pretty good. I hate the ending because they never reveal who the 3rd body is that was found. The ending left me with many questions. Hoping for a update a part 2 . I want to know more .
  • The woman in cabin 10

    By JoeyWar[S.E.M.]
    Tough to believe this was a top 10 book. I admit it kept me reading to the end, the end is the best part for sure. The main character "Lo" is just a mess, and hard to like, and hard to root for. I found the story full of holes, with a very unbelievable plot, and ending. I would not recommend this book.
  • Great book

    By Camila Fischer
    I really enjoyed reading this book! It's very captivating and suspenseful. I was just expecting a different ending for the murderer, this part was not too great, but still a great book that I would recommend.
  • A Great Read

    By OrphanBLK
    I was flying on a plane through heavy turbulence and this book kept me so engrossed that I was able to ignore the bad weather! It's a page turner.
  • Great read

    By Mollyann78
    My first book on I books. Was hooked immediately. Great writing and fast paced story.
  • Could Have Been Written Better

    By Muehleder
    I liked the story but the writing was bland. The beginning was so good that I was hooked but the main character's weakness, and lack of ambition made it hard to like her. Might have been better if there were some chapters written in another characters perspective. If you like "who done it" stories and don't mind repetitive metaphors then you will enjoy the book because the story is pretty good.
  • Tedious tedious

    By Fladaddy
    I didn't find this plausible. The main character is so annoying mostly caring about her outfits it's hard to believe the plot. By the time the action happens I was ready to throw her overboard and admit it. It would have saved two barely developed characters lives, not to mention many more outfits. Winnie the Pooh on a luxury cruise ship murder mystery. I was really lost at that. I didn't find this a good read at all
  • Nothing on Gillian Flynn

    By ReadingIsSexyAsk RoryGilmore
    I read the hype. I thought it was just another mystery, no big deal. This book was a selction for Book of the Month this past August. I had read In a Dark, Dark Wood in 2015 and thought it would be a good read, it dissappointed me as well. The Woman in Cabin Ten is all plot, and not a very well thought out one at that. Lo Blacklock drew me in from the beginning but as soon as she gets on the ship the story became dull and I found my mind wandering. There is nothing more to this book than the plot; minimal character development and an unoriginal female lead. Why do mysteries continually have female leads that seem independent and confident at the beginning only to have a character flaw that allows them to be put just a notch below a “normal” person — think Girl on a Train’s alcoholic Rachel. Lo Blacklock suffers from anxiety and doesn’t have the know-how to know when to assess the situation and perhaps not tell everyone on the ship what she saw the night before…? C’mon Lo whoever did it is obviously on the boat with you. You’re in the middle of the Norweigen sea. Just once I’d like to see a book where the female lead is competent, strong, and people dare not mess with her. Ruth Ware is a master of the tease. Judged solely on the book jacket and the sample download I thought this book was going to be a winner. Sorry to say it disappoints and I won’t be reccommending it. If you’re looking for a good mystery thriller check out Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. I guarantee you won’y be able to guess what’s coming next!
  • The main character is the worst

    By Lauryn Armstrong
    If you are considering reading this book, I would advise that you read a brief plot summary and skip the middle. Quite frankly, the only way I got through this book was sympathizing with the antagonists in the story. The main character is honestly the worst. She's incompetent, she's incredibly abrasive, and she's an idiot. It was really difficult to read this book from the perspective of wanting the main character to just go away. Otherwise, the story was good and interesting. It just made it difficult to care about the main character's well-being. The story could have also used more character development. Many of the characters in this story were sort of one-beat hits