Author: Ruth Ware
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Pages: 340 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 9.5/10
Overview: Lo Blacklock, a travel writer for a magazine called Velocity, is about to take the trip of a lifetime aboard the maiden voyage of a luxury yacht headed toward the Northern Lights.
However, during the first night's stay, Lo is convinced she has seen a horrible crime committed in the cabin next door, cabin #10.
Can Lo solve the case of the woman seen in cabin #10 before it's too late?
What I loved: I am still riding the high acquired from finishing this book.
Recently, my friend Jill recommended I give this novel a shot due to my obvious love for mysteries and thrillers. I decided to borrow the hardcover from the library. However, earlier this week, I received a notification saying the book was going to be due in a few short days. I love a good challenge, so I put my reading cap on and read this bad boy in less than two days. Luckily, this was no difficult feat because I couldn't put the book down if I tried.
It seems today, the "gold standard" of mysteries/thrillers is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. And although I didn't care for it, The Girl on the Train, is also up there for comparing new books to. I've seen many comparisons of new books to these ones, and usually, it's not even close. But, I felt The Woman in Cabin 10 is a worthy rival. In fact, I loved it about a million times more than The Girl on the Train and almost more than Gone Girl. There are subtle similarities to Cabin and Train, but Cabin is infinitely more entertaining.
Lo is a fantastic character and easily relatable to millenial readers and readers of all ages too. All the characters are unique and you can't help but try to solve the mystery yourself while reading.
The story is well-written with a fast-pace and with extraordinary suspense. The plot is constantly thickening and there are numerous twists and turns. You will not be able to guess the conclusion of this one, I promise.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It kept me guessing literally, until the very last page.
I also loved the faint undertones of mental health awareness. These aspects were cleverly woven into the story and I sincerely appreciated the honest portrayal of a person battling with anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
What I didn't: I almost rated this book a perfect 10/10, however, part of me knew there was the tiniest piece missing from the phenomenal novel. I felt Lo needed a touch more character development in regards to her commitment issues and mental stability. I just felt as though something was missing. It was like you finished a 1000 piece puzzle, but the small corner piece was nowhere to be found. So, I rated the story a 9.5/10, the very next closest rating to perfection.