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“The Woman in Cabin 10”- Book Review

Review of Ruth Ware’s, “The Woman in Cabin 10”

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Unreliable narrator

Meet Lo Blacklock, London based travel journalist who is our narrator of, “The Woman in Cabin 10,” by Ruth Ware. Within the first couple of pages, Lo experiences a traumatic event that will haunt her for the rest of the book. The event acts as a catalyst in changing Lo’s mental outlook and in turn, changes the reader’s perspective of how reliable Lo really is as a narrator.

This carefully orchestrated part of the novel, excellently written by Ruth Ware, makes the reader continue to question the validity of Lo’s fears for a good part of the novel.

Cabin #10

After experiencing the traumatic event in her apartment, Lo then has to go on a work trip to Norway, to spend five days aboard a luxury yacht amongst other journalists, writing a piece for Velocity, the travel magazine she works at.

The first night there, experiencing flash backs to the event that took place in her apartment not even a few days prior, Lo cracks and begins to drink, a lot.

This theme, of Lo drinking too much, is part of Ware’s ability to make Lo seem like an unreliable narrator.

It is that first night, after having drunk too much, that Lo makes her way back to her cabin and around four in the morning, unable to sleep, she hears a scream and a splash coming from the cabin next to her’s, number 10. Terrified, Lo believes that someone has been thrown or pushed overboard.

No spoilers, I’ve said too much already!

Without giving anything more away, I would like to say that this book is a thrill ride of a read. One moment, I believed in Lo, the next I thought that she might be insane. Ruth Ware’s description of Lo’s slow tumble into trouble got my heart racing. Go read this book!

Rating’s Score

9/10 for the ability to make me question the narrator and for, in the end, making me believe in her all over again.

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