Very easy read. Slow build-up, not as much suspense and I'd expected, but a good book to get you by in the meantime,.
The cruise murder mystery idea caught my interest. The Woman in Cabin 10 had great build up, but it felt rushed at the end. I felt like the author was in a hurry to end the book as soon as possible.
Overall, it's a decent read!
This book is easy to read and I found it to be quite enjoyable.
As others have commented it does get a little dull about halfway through but by that point you're so committed to finding out what happens that you just accept it and keep going.
That being said the overall storyline and plot are well thought out. The story makes sense and is plausible.
Really did not care for this book and actually did not finish it. I disliked the crudeness and the language in it and it seemed to go nowhere. It is about a woman whose career in journalism and reporting takes her on a cabin cruiser owned by a very wealthy businessman. Cabin 10 is the cabin next to hers and a woman in that cabin. The reporter is constantly drunk it seems and always tired so I gave up after the first 100 pages. Too bad.
Two stars only because it was a quick and easy read and the suspense kept me interested enough to stick with it to the end. But as others have said, the main character is miserable, even on the last page.
Ruth Ware may have hoped to be the successor to "Girl on the Train" frenzy, but fails with a pointless plot, wooden characters, and unbelievable situations.
I was very excited to read this novel after reading 'The Lying Game' but unfortunately the novel was full of what seemed like pointless events until about halfway through. After the halfway point the suspense began to pick up and it became much more interesting. Before that point though, it was slow and full of situations that presented the main character as unlikeable/ annoying.
Not a bad read if you're looking for something with slight suspense that you can get through relatively quickly.
On the positive side, this book was easy to read and had good flow. I devoured it in 2 days, 1/2 of the book each day. The idea of an ultra luxe miniature cruise ship was an interesting one and fun to visualize as I read.
On the negative side, the heroine is rather awful, reacting hysterically to every event that occurs. When she isn't hysterical, she's drunk, vomiting, or hungover. I think the picture of a girl prone to severe panic attacks who had suffered a recent trauma could have been sufficiently articulated to the reader without beating us over the head with it. I had also intuited the resolution about halfway through the book. I never bought the individual she suspects as the bad guy, so was not diverted down that byway.
This would have made a fun summer beach read, as it didn't require deep concentration from the reader and could easily have been picked up and put down numerous times without losing the train of the story.
I could not get into this book no matter how many times I tried. Maybe it gets better near the end but I doubt it.
I had to force myself to complete this book. Lo's character was flat and the other players were no better. I'd not recommend this book to anyone.
It took a solid half of the book for me to care about this story because it was pretty slow and there was a lot of lead-up until the crime. Once we hit the middle it kept my interest the whole way through.
Given the waiting list, this book was extremely disappointing. A basic Agatha Christie storyline that was very slow to develop and quite a boring read. So bad, I basically skipped through the last half just to see "who done it". Not recommended.
The Woman in Cabin 10 was a huge disappointment after reading Ruth Waring's previous novel In the Dark Dark Wood. The main character was hard to sympathize or relate to with her constantly being drunk. abrasive and traumatized. There were many times in the first half I was going to stop reading but continued on with all the good reviews and her previous book. The second half of the book Lo miraculously becomes sober, somber and articulate but can't save the book or the storyline.
I really really LOVED this book. I loved everything in it. The writing style, the characters and the Agatha Christie twist. Firstly, the narrator wasn't unlikable, she was interesting regardless of her weakness and medical condition. Secondly, Ben was the best character in this book and I was surprised how she chose Jude over him, I loved all his actions and really wished until the very end that she would break up with her boyfriend and be with him again. Anyways, I heard that it's going to be made into a movie and I'm really excited and had already imagined Emily Blunt as Lo, Hugh Jackman as Ben, Haley Benett as Chloe, Chris Hemsworth as Judah, and Alexandra Daddario as Carrie. I give this book 8/10 and it is VERY recommended.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
A young journalist witnesses a woman's death on a ship, but apparently everyone on board is accounted for, so she has to ask herself if she's mentally sane or not. A suspenseful thriller that kind of mirrors 'Girl on the Train' 's protagonist. I am not going to lie, this book was horrible, there wasn't a plot twist and the murderer was clear one-quarter way through the book. The protagonist is whiney and immature, making this a difficult read.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This book was very disappointing. I had the impression that it was written like it was an American TV script where the author was afraid to challenge the reader too much. The plot of the story is old hat and quite boring. I only kept reading this book just to finish it. If you enjoy a very mild mystery then this book is for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time. I really hope that her next book is much better.
Preferred The Lying Game but still a good book. Really enjoyed it, some great lines. Very good narrator, same as Lying Game.
Very disappointed in this book. There seemed to be so much hype regarding it, I was expecting something more. Did not find it compelling or suspenseful, couldn't sympathize with the main character. It was very slow moving for me and the story didn't seem to know where it should be going. I ended up just continuing to read in order to finish it (it did pick up a bit near the end) but I wish I had spent time reading something more worthwhile. Wouldn't recommend it.
The Woman in Cabin 10 was an easy read and had an interesting plot. The ending was not something I had predicted (which is good since it kept me reading). I had difficulty sympathizing with the main character even with the story being told from her perspective. It's a bit hard to relate to the heroine and I don't know enough about PTSD and anxiety disorders to know if the writer did a good job portraying it. I felt like the writing could have done more to justify her actions and choices because she just seemed like an annoyingly paranoid lunatic the entire time. Arguably, this could have been the intention of the writer all along.
Overall, the story was interesting but frustrating at times and will definitely induce some eye rolling from critical readers. I'm not sure I would recommend this to a friend.
This is a really hard book to review because it's very uneven. It's divided into several "parts", each of which consists of several chapters. Most of the parts end with some sort of communication (email, newspaper article, etc.) relating to the story but not part of the core story. These endings are the author's most effective tool for building suspense. Without them, I'm not sure I would have made it to the second half of the book.
The first two parts were deathly dull. We meet the main character, Lo (short for Laura) whose main character traits appear to be "drinks a lot" and "is mean to her boyfriend". Not the most compelling heroine. I really should have felt bad for her given the opening events, but I didn't. The author didn't convince me to like her first.
When the heroine finally gets to the boat and we finally encounter "the woman in cabin 10", the story starts to get somewhat more interesting. I still felt like I was mostly killing time for the middle section of the book though.
It was only when I got to the last third or so that the suspense really picked up. The last third(ish) of this book is excellent. Unfortunately, it's dragged down by the first two thirds(ish). I'd really like to give separate star ratings to each section but, since I can't, I'll average it out to somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 stars.
A disappointing read. Apart from my personal dislike of the main character (which is purely subjective), I found the writer unnecessarily long-winded. The constant repetition of plot points and character traits as the main character went over and over her self-doubt before the story moved forward frustrated me to the point that I skimmed most of the second half. It did have a satisfying ending but I wouldn't recommend it to mystery fans.
Very dark, cruel, and black hearted. Not sure why so many people want to read it. I wish I had not, very depressing.
How did this poor heroine survive? She starts out tired, traumatized, constantly drunk; then she gets on the luxury cruise that she hopes will advance her career--and continues being tired and traumatized because of a strange event early in the story. Yet she survives impossible perils with a razor-sharp mind in the face of really unbelievable danger. It's a story just full of holes. However, I do have to admit that it kept me reading!
Reminiscent of Agatha Christie-- I read this book a few days ago when it was gloomy and raining all day. It was as fun way to spend the day.