Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
About the book: It follows travel writer, Lo Blacklock, who goes on a voyage for work. One night, Lo wakes when she hears a splash that sounds like someone being thrown overboard. But everyone on the ship remains accounted for, and no one believes her.
First impressions: I read Ware’s debut, so I had an idea of what to expect. I like the title and cover.
Characters: Lo is a complex protagonist who has anxiety and panic attacks. She’s not the most likeable or reliable narrator, which made her story interesting to follow. I didn’t feel a strong connection to many characters however. A lot of them just didn’t resonate with me.
“But I still think, in spite of it all, we’re responsible for our own actions.”
Writing: The short chapters help build suspense, but the middle of the narrative is a little slow. Near the end, the pacing picks up.
Final thoughts: I had a hard time predicting some events, but the ending wasn’t too surprising.