Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Adult, Thriller,  Mystery
Pub Date: June 30, 2016
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Source: Library

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In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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 and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.



TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying (Lo) | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body


*blinks* Is this an adult book on a young adult book blogger’s site? Why yes, yes it is 🙂 I’ve been expanding my horizons in terms of reading, and lately, adult thrillers are my jam. They are very enjoyable (the good ones, at least), even if you don’t typically like adult, and I personally think many have YA crossover appeal. This is one I stumbled across on goodreads and promptly rushed over to the library to pick up.

*note: this is a mini review. partially because this isn’t my typical book review in terms of genre, and i want to test the waters to see if anyone else is interested in seeing more reviews of adult thrillers

Before you look at my star rating, know that I liked this book. It did something that a lot of thriller books can’t do for me: it made me scared. I could feel the main character’s fear, and it was conveyed in such a way that my feelings blended with hers until they were the same. This immersive writing was the best thing about the book.

The one thing that disappointed me was the mystery, but I wasn’t disappointed with the author–I was disappointed with myself. I guessed part of the mystery early on, so when the big reveal came, it felt a little lackluster. I don’t blame the author though; it wasn’t very obvious, I just happened to make a wild guess and end up correct. But if you’re like me and you’re constantly devising theories to mysteries and figuring them out before the reveal, then you might be underwhelmed, too.

I felt like the characters were a mixed bag. Some were really well developed–Laura, Ben–but others were completely flat, or just mentioned in passing. Those throwaway characters were the worst; how could I figure out who the murderer was if I didn’t know who the hell these people were?

I don’t want to say anything too spoiler-y, so this next paragraph will be a little vague, but you’ll soon figure out what I’m talking about if you read the first chapter of the book. I was a little disappointed that the scene from the beginning of the book was never wrapped up or explained. I get why the author included it (it was critical to Lo’s development), but I don’t like how that story thread was left uncompleted while everything else was tied up neatly.

Overall, this book was enjoyable. The best part about it was the emotions invoked while reading it, and the weakest part was the lack of characterization for some of the characters. It’s definitely worth checking out.


Have you read The Woman in Cabin 10 yet, or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!


2 thoughts on “Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  1. Maha says:

    *whispers* there may be a typo in the question at the end of the post.
    ANYWAYS, i haven’t read this book and i don’t think i will… i don’t know, thrillers are not really my cup of tea. + every time i read one i start making theories as you said, and end up knowing who did it from the beginning. oh well…
    amazing review, btw! 😀


  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I haven’t read this one yet since it’s not a genre I usually reach out to, but it did intrigue me.
    I’m still not sure whether I’ll read it or not but I really enjoyed your review! 🙂
    Keep up the great work! (Also, I LOVE your Review at a Glance)


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