The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Damn, I shouldn’t have read this book before going to bed…

 

Mostly because Lo would freak out over the smallest things (due to her depression and claustrophobia), but I swear to God, this woman made me paranoid.

 

Anyway, the premise for The Woman in Cabin 10 was intriguing enough. Lo has been suffering depression for a while. After being burgled, she finds that her paranoia has reached an extreme and she can’t sleep at night anymore. So, along with antidepressants and alcohol and gin, Lo relies on those for sleep.

 

Until she gets the chance to review a luxury cruise and witnesses a body being thrown overboard from the cabin next door to her—Cabin 10. As she goes to check in on her cabin neighbor, she realizes that there’s no one there. And if that isn’t messed up enough: all the passengers and staff are fully accounted for.

 

This book definitely felt less of a thriller and more of a character driven novel for me. We witness Lo desperately try to work through her phobias and depression to try and prove that what she saw was real.

 

Also, the author made a point of sticking to Lo’s character and the main plot; so that felt really nice to have. There wasn’t anything unnecessary in my opinion in this story.

 

I liked Lo as a character. She was consistent throughout the novel. I have a pet peeve about women in psychological thrillers, and I feel like every author does this: it’s the fact that almost every woman seems to have a sense of infidelity as their character (the “Oh I’m engaged or have a boyfriend but my sexy ex who was apart of my old life is back and I just can’t resist it!” I hate that so much; it doesn’t add complexity it just increases the story’s word count). I don’t agree with this because this just drives unnecessary attention away from the main course of the story. I am so glad that the author made sure that Lo knew her priorities and didn’t add any unwanted relationship BS.

 

You may or may not like the ending of this story. I was fine with it—but, once again I felt like this focused more on Lo as a character. A decent read overall, didn’t really make me creeped out or jump, but I was invested nonetheless.