The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2016-07-19
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 1,844 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.


  • Eh

    By SaltWaterSting
    It was contrived and a bit silly. I have liked her other books reasonably well though.
  • Wow!

    By Flosbookery
    I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book I have read of hers and was very pleased with her writing. I really enjoyed the suspense she kept up through the whole book and the reveal was magnificent. She had you thinking one thing then BAM! you’re wrong. I also enjoyed the characters and how she didn’t let everything go as planned.
  • Page turn

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    The ending was a bit predictable, but great story. I just could’ve used a better ending. But I’m always highly critical of endings.
  • Meh

    By chels1298746
    It’s nothing spectacular. And there are holes in the story. The storyline is a down-on-herself, alcoholic protagonist with a fuzzy memory that gets her into trouble. It’s a bit cliché.
  • Don’t waste your time

    By Webster56
    This book is very repetitive. The main character is always drunk and whining all the time. The ending is very obvious shortly into the book. I wouldn’t waste your time. There are so many other books that are actually worth reading. The only reason I finished this was because I was on a long plane ride and had nothing better to do.
  • Addicting!!

    By Dotty McDot
    This book was AMAZING!!!! I could not put it down, could not read through it fast enough, yet was upset at myself for reading it so fast once I finished it. Ruth Ware writes with a style not often seen. Most mystery books with a female lead character nowadays is always billed as “the next Gone Girl” which is a compliment, but this book is much more than just another copy of a previous bestseller. This novel stands on its own and takes you in and doesn’t let go. Not even once you’ve finished reading the last sentence. I love the way Ruth Ware writes! She has made a fan for life out of me and every book I’ve read of hers after this one has not disappointed. Amazing author and an incredible book!!!
  • 5 stars. Make it a movie

    By sazak89
  • Great Plot, Slow Pace

    By Baodan2985
    This is the third book of this writer that I’ve read and just like the other two, this one has a great plot but takes forever to unwind. I can see why reviewers called it boring or long winded. But that’s how all her books read. And just like the other two, I don’t care for the protagonist in this one either. In fact, I think all the protagonists written by this author are whiny, easily offended, self-destructive and always conjure up the image of the stumbling bumbling sobbing heroines in horror movies who trip on flat surfaces and run the wrong way. They always end up prevailing in the end—they kind of have to, I guess—but their thought processes are beyond annoying. And since this is the common thread in all her books, it’s probably just the author’s personality leaking through. Like when she throws in unnecessary political commentary. Which is too bad, because I think she’s excellent at plot. Excellent enough that I’ll continue to read her stuff. But not so excellent that I’ll go out of my way to recommend her books to strangers.
  • Couldn’t wait

    By RR1153
    I couldn’t wait to see how this book ended, I had a pretty good idea about 1/2 of the way in, but along the way I second guessed myself. It was a really good read!
  • Female character not relatable

    By Edie Dale
    Sound familiar. With these more recent thrillers like Girl On The Train, female main character drunk, whiney, with other self-defeating behaviors like potty-mouth and that “to cool for school” persona.