The Woman in Cabin 10: Book Review

What would you do if someone went missing on a cruise ship? 

This was meant to be the perfect trip.

The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Laura Blacklock rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

I initially was drawn to pick up this book in Waterstones as the story was based on board a luxury cruise ship and secondly because I generally don’t enjoy romantic storylines.  This book seemed to have a bit of an edge, a mystery, that would hopefully keep me engrossed – and I was not wrong.

I took the book on a week’s holiday and finished it within the first three days.  I very rarely find time at home to read and so I relished the opportunity to lay by the pool turning page after page with only brief interruptions to take a sip of my drink.

I found the main character, Laura Blacklock, instantly relatable, her thoughts and reactions to events at the beginning of the book were totally in tune with how I would have felt in those situations.

The main part of the story is set on a luxury cruise press trip with a group of travel industry experts sailing to the Norwegian Fjords, but things soon take a chilling turn and Laura switches from travel writer to detective as she tries to find out who the mystery passenger was who was thrown from the next cabin’s balcony.  The story keeps you guessing throughout and Laura’s inner monologue helps you to keep track of the clues.

If you’re a cruise lover it’s a great book that I would definitely recommend for you to read but beware of taking it with you on your next cruise as it might make you start looking over your shoulder!  Perhaps best to be read on dry land!

Have you read The Woman in Cabin 10?  What do you think about the book?

I’d also like to hear from you if you have any recommended summer reads.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware can be purchased from Amazon for just £3.85.



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