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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

Each year thousands of members vote for our Book of the Year award—congrats to The Woman in Cabin 10!

by Ruth Ware

Quick take

It’s all fun and games until someone goes overboard in this gripping mystery set on a luxury yacht.

Why I love it

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A glamorous vacation on a luxury yacht? Lavish dinner parties and fascinating conversation? And how about that nice lady in Cabin 10?


But one of the passengers has gone missing!

Haven't they?

As a huge Agatha Christie fan, I adore these types of mysteries: A boat full of people, each with their own secrets. No way for anyone guilty (or innocent) to escape in middle of the ocean. A crime that can't be verified. And a narrator that you might be able to trust.

In fact, reading this book reminded me a bit of Death on the Nile for the modern age. But in The Woman in Cabin 10, the boat is a state-of-the art cruise ship on its maiden voyage in the North Sea. And, of course, instead of a Belgian detective solving the crime, there's a U.K. travel journalist handling a lot more thrills, chills, and action.

There's also an intriguing psychological aspect to this book. As our protagonist Lo Blacklock discovers that no one believes her account of a crime she thinks she witnessed, she struggles with cycles of disbelief and self-doubt as she decides what to do next. Armed only with her reporter's investigative skills and a very small clue, she is determined to solve the mystery before the boat reaches its destination.

The author, up-and-coming novelist Ruth Ware, teases out each twist and turn just enough, so everything you read could possibly have something to do with whatever it is that's actually happening on the boat. But she isn't going to let you in on the answer until the end. It was so much fun trying to figure out the mystery! The answer was ten times more interesting than any of my running theories. I hope you and your little grey cells enjoy it, too.

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In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

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  • Bastrop , TX

    Just when you think you’ve got it figured out—you don’t!! I LOVED this book! So much in fact that I that I have now read all of Ruth Ware’s books. She pulls you into her books and holds your interest!

  • Hillsboro, OR

    Good, but find myself disappointed. I haven’t read Agatha Christie, but from her hype, I expected this to be mind blowing given the comparison. Slow to start, skimmable, and didn’t knock off my socks.

  • Overland Park, KS

    Its not like the scary type of book that makes you jump, its more like “oh thats the most terrifying s—- I could ever imagine. Extremely well written. Would recommend to my wife & Grandma. That good

  • Avondale, AZ

    I started this book & couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking I had things figured out but then I was wrong. Once it all came together I was like “ooooh” & I really enjoyed where it went. Great read!


    This was a great quick read. Everything that kept happening had me question and suspecting everyone. In the end my mind was blown. Greatly written. Ruth Ware is a phenomenal writer, this was my 3rd 1!

  • Florence , SC

    I love this book! Suspenseful and spooky, you will captivated from the beginning and won't put it down until the end. I finished it in about a day because I could not wait to find out what happened!

  • Charlotte, NC

    What could possibly go wrong on an elite cruise through the North Sea? If you guessed murder,you're only half right. Suspenseful book with a ultra-satisfying ending. Maybe don't read it on a cruise...

  • Norton, OH

    Everything you could hope for in a murder mystery thriller that traps journalists and millionaires on a yacht. In true Ruth Ware style, the hairs on your neck prickle throughout the twists & turns.

  • Saratoga Springs,, NY

    I loved the main character & felt like I was experiencing the whole ordeal with her. Great story line that kept me guessing throughout the entire book. One of best BOTM selections I've read so far...

  • Brookfield, WI

    The book hooked me from page one. Stuck on a luxury yacht with a woman thrown overboard, an unknown killer and the staff claiming the woman in cabin 10 never set sail with them? Addictive & surprising

  • Somerville, MA

    I found the first half dragged slightly but the last half was so good. I didnt see any of the ending coming PLOT TWIST. I only wish the # of characters involved were less. I found myself confused alot

  • Seattle, WA

    Ruth Ware is my favorite crime thriller author. I just picked up another of her books and can't wait to read it. Such great, detailed writing. I really didn't know who did it until the last 10 pages.

  • Orlando, FL

    A thrilling, heart-pounding book! I was intrigued & entertained throughout the whole book. I would recommend you read this during the day, unless you want nightmares. I enjoyed all the twists & turns!

  • hickory ridge, AR

    Ruth Ware is such a good mystery author, this book never spoon feeds you info about what is happening you must figure it out yourself with just some hints! The best part is you'll prob get it wrong<3

  • Burlington, VT

    I was looking forward to reading this after I read In A Dark Dark Wood. I lived that book and I loved this one just as much. I couldn't put it down and loved how it started put on the serious side too

  • San Jose, CA

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now and got it as an add on to my order. I read it in 2 days. I couldn’t put this book down. The style of the book leaves you guessing til the end.

  • Racine, WI

    While the storyline was intriguing, I felt the writing could have been better. The author at times didn't give enough to be curious about the next twist and others didn't make me care. Screenbound!

  • Williamstown, MA

    Amazing story. Starts off semi-slow but I had to read the last 100 pages twice because I flipped the pages so fast I thought I was missing too much. Amazing Book. Cant wait for her next book in July.

  • Lisbon, OH

    I started this while being on vacation with my nephew so it made it hard to have time to read however I was dreaming about this book and had an urge to keep picking it up because I just had to know.

  • Lonedell, MO

    Another great mystery! I really loved Lo's character. I didn't figure out what was going on until the end. I especially loved the deceiving emails and news flashes throughout. They definitely worked!

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