The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Epub)


Ebook Info

  • Published: 2017
  • Number of pages: 384 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 7.20 MB
  • Authors: Ruth Ware


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.

User’s Reviews

Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Turn of the Key. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ I hated this book. I found offense that the protagonist is almost always drunk, bad at her job, not ready for a promotion, doesn’ tknow the the social obligations of a trip that takes place in this book and every woman knows you never even think about borrowing lipstick or mascara.The ending was ridiculous. I wish I could have my money back. This book really makes women look weak and stupid.

⭐ I have been listening to the unabridged audiobook, and am close to throwing it out the car window. The main character, Lo, is unsympathetic and totally unlikeable. When I found myself wishing fervently that someone would toss her overboard, I knew that this book was not going to be a favorite. She has been comped a luxury cruise, so that she can report on it for publication. Despite all the enviable perks received, she has written nothing, and is getting a reputation on the ship as a whack job. She is gauche, intrusive, and unendingly rude to passengers and staff alike. Her whining and constant neurotic view of everything and everyone she encounters is so prevalent that it is practically a character by itself. Discretion on any level is beyond her grasp, yet she wonders how everybody know intimate details of her pathetic private life. If I were her boss, I would fire her. If I were an ex-lover like Ben, I would be thanking my lucky stars that I was no longer involved with her. I really wanted to love this book, because the premise was so intriguing, but her entire life seems to be one long panic attack, and I got really exhausted after the tenth or eleventh round of hyperventilation and rubbery legs. By the middle of the book, I was praying that her panic would become so severe that she would need to be air-lifted to the closest looney bin. She has so many phobias that it is hard keeping track. I apologize to anyone who loved it, but the biggest improvement that could be made would have involved drowning, bludgeoning, or stabbing Lo to death with that GD borrowed mascara.

⭐ No, no, no. A thousand times no. I read this based on some author’s recommendation in “The Week” periodical and forevermore I will regard any future recommendations from any author with a dubious eye. The main character in this story, Laura “Lo” Blacklock (clumsy name), is a reporter for some travel magazine called “Velocity” who gets the opportunity to go on the virgin voyage of the “Aurora,” a boutique cruise yacht with ten cabins in it. Thing is, before the cruise, she awakes to find someone tossing her flat and, although she is unharmed, she is disturbed by the incident and can’t sleep. In addition, she takes pills to prevent panic attacks. So, when she arrives on the yacht, she’s emotionally and physically spent and you can see the contrived ramp-up. “Let’s make this woman tired and strung out so when stuff happens she might not even believe her own eyes.” In addition, Lo marvels at how small the yacht is, yet somehow nine guests, the billionaire yacht owner and his wife, a captain and a seeming staff of twenty-plus people can cram onto this vessel along with a spa, hot tub, dining room, etc. Yet, with everyone stacked like cordwood on this tub, somehow there’s room for murder and whatnot without witnesses. If you make it to the end of this travesty, you’ll be disappointed by the fact that the villain and the main character never square off but elated that this fiasco of a novel is over and done with. Goodbye, Ruth Ware! I shall never read another of your books.

⭐ Your friend– let’s call her Debbie Downer– is a claustrophobic, alcoholic, neurotic insomniac. She’s also a total screwup at her job, and honestly, not very bright. Her house was just broken into so you’re trying to cut her a break, but her nonstop complaining— it’s too hot, it’s too cold, the ceilings are too low, the room’s too small, my clothes smell, I’m too sleepy, I’m too hungry, I’m not hungry, I’m hungover, etc.— is getting to you. Plus there’s the counting to herself (One, Two, Three…!) and the constant, random weeping. She’s a hot mess.Would you want to spend a lot of time hanging around her? Well, if you can stand to spend 352 pages with her, then you’ll love Lo Blacklock, the protagonist of this book.I won’t go into a plot synopsis, others have done that already. I managed to solve the “mystery” 66% into the book (I’m on a Kindle), so kudos to the author for making the plot two-thirds difficult. As a reader it’s no fun being more clever than the protagonist.The only mystery to me was how the author was going to fill the other 33% of the book.Some weird things in this book:-In an early chapter, which I can only guess is used as a plot device by the author to introduce the boyfriend, Lo has a nonsensical argument with him on par with:”You did it”“No you did it”“No you”“No you”“I love you”and breaks up with him. I sat there thinking “What the hell did I just read?”- At another point, during the cruise Lo locks herself in her cabin and spends a number of chapters trying to figure out how to get out. Ok, I made that up, but if it had happened, it wouldn’t have been out of place.- Throughout, there was an absolute lack of modern communication on the luxury cruise Lo was on. No phone, no internet, like it’s a pirate ship from 1633. I’m no expert on Wifi at sea, but come on. The Bushmen in the Kalahari have iPhones at this point. It felt like a ruse to support the plot. – And finally, the casual, illogical, loss of the evidence. It’s like Hercule Poirot saying, “Hey, I think I’ll leave the murder weapon right here, in this house full of suspects. Yeah, it’ll be here tomorrow when I come back for it. Not. worried. at. all.”I know I’m being really hard on the author, but that’s because the critics’ reviews heightened my expectations by making the book out to be on par with The Usual Suspects, in terms of plot twists. It’s not. And that’s not the author’s fault. The book is a straight up mildly entertaining mystery, and not badly written, but there’s not a lot here to hang your hat on.

⭐ Awful. Extremely slow, plodding story line with a completely unlikeable protagonist. The repetition (alcohol, pills, anxiety, hangover – WE GET IT ALREADY!) is torture. Chapter 28 and I still can’t figure out why there is such a myriad of characters that aren’t contributing a thing to the story. Torture, but I’ll plug along to the end. Can’t imagine anything happening to boost this to even a 2 star review.

⭐ I thought this was one of the most poorly written books I have ever read. It could easily be condensed into a short story if all the repetitious fretting and complaining of the “heroine” were eliminated. Just can’t say how bad I found the writing to be – like the product of a high school creative writing class! The protagonist was, for me, unlikeable – self-involved, self-pitying, weak and scatter-brained. Awful!

⭐ This book was a huge disappointment!! Amazing recommend this to me because I read Girl On The Train and Stranger In The House. I love psychological thrillers, but this book wasn’t one. First, there were several typos that were distracting. I should’ve known then that this book was low quality. Second, the main character wasn’t likable. She was eye roll inducing. He plot just repeated itself over and over again. I get it, she thinks someone murdered the girl next door. I was hoping for a huge surprise, like that she was actually dead the whole time and those on the boat couldn’t even see her. But, the reveal was disappointing. She wasn’t nice to her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend it any of the people on the boat. And why was she obsessed with talking about the character’s weight and body type? She mentioned the girl in the cabin was skinny a million times. Who cares? And the author should have ties the robbery in the beginning to the main plot. Instead it just hung out there disconnected. And the ending!!!! Eye roll inducing!! I threw up in my mouth a little. Don’t waste your time.

⭐ Rather than this book being a page turner it was, for me at least, a page skipper. I felt nothing for Lo who constantly went on about her lack of sleep, how she had way too much to drink, how she really needed her anti-anxiety pills, how this, how that. Blah, blah, blah. I really didn’t care whether she was alive or dead by the end of the book. I just wanted her to shut up!

⭐ First of all, incredibly annoying main character. I didn’t care about her in the least. Not even by the end. The only reason I even attempted to finish the book was because I was reading it for book club, and we meet next week.This author takes three pages to say what she could say in one paragraph. By the time I got to 60% completion on my Kindle, I just started skimming and reading the first sentence of every paragraph. I did that all the way to the end of the book, and I didn’t miss a thing!This book isn’t for those who crave beautiful, interesting, thought-provoking writing. Don’t plan on being intellectually stimulated or moved by poignant moments. I guess it’s a good beach read if you just want something light and mindless, and you’re not a very critical reader. I can totally see them making a movie out of this book, and it will be better than the book.

⭐ I knew this book was in trouble by Chapter 5 when the heroine made no plans for her cat prior to going on her luxury cruise. Anyone know what happened to Delilah?


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