"The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware is a locked-room mystery: the first two-thirds of the novel is quite readable. The solution though is way too complicated. I'm reminded of one locked-room mystery where the solution had the bad guy building exact duplicate mansions. In this novel, the explanation also depends on something being duplicated. The sleuth, here, is a first-time amateur and seemingly unreliable: the plot does make good use of both her naïveté and confusion. All in all a fun mystery with a disappointing solution.
Oh, my gosh, It took me a while to figure out why this book has had such positive reviews. Then I GOT IT! Wow, it turned into a murder mystery with an original plot and lots of danger. At the end, all I could say was I am glad I am not rich enough to afford one of those swanky yacht cruises.
It was interesting who-dun-it novel. The whole concept of who the woman in cabin 10 was very interesting.
This was a good read. Not too complex, suspenseful and interesting- not the best thriller I have read but I found it enjoyable. Sometimes a book like this is exactly what you need. Not too heavy or complicated.
I gave this book a four-star review, simply for the fact that it is a fast-paced easy read, which is exactly what I was looking for at the time. It was captivating enough that I wanted to keep reading and see it through until the end.
Yeah, not a good book. A stretch to believe the situations, an unlikable protagonist and a dreary read. Life is short and full of great books. Give this one a miss.
i chose this novel expecting an Agatha Christie type read but was disappointed, mainly because the novel focused on the main character who was unlikeable and annoying.
I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book, however the revelation and the ending of the story left me unsatisfied. But overall, enjoyable easy-thriller read.
I like Ruth Ware but this book was a BIG let down!!! Too boring for me and I thought it was going to be suspenseful, NOT!!!
I wanted to enjoy this book. I did not. It was boring and dragged on and on. Moving on.
It was an interesting reading. But the impression is that author was thinking about possible future movie which could be made based on this book. There are so many unrealistic actions that in my opinion "damaged" what could be a real psychological thriller. She used theme of Agatha Christie- who is a murderer in this group of people?
The book was very good. One of the best novels I have read in awhile. It was a good murder mystery and kept me turning the pages. I really thought the ending was well written. I will read books from Ruth Ware again the future and plan to read her other book "In a Dark Dark Wood" next. Would recommend Girl in Cabin 10!
I enjoyed this book. I thought the first few chapters grabbed my interest starting out as somewhat of a thriller. It was enough to keep me reading more and wanting to know who the people were and if what they said were true. It does have that nice twist in the plot at the end with suspense and I like the mystery of the story. I didn't think the character was the strongest person because she was struggling with problems of her own, but to have to go through what happened made her better.
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.