The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Lo Blacklock is being given her big break. Her boss is on sick leave so she gets to cover the super-exclusive yacht/cruise ship for her travel magazine. Common spaces, including a large dining room, spa and oversized jacuzzi and sauna, and only ten luxuriously appointed cabins with staff assigned to each cabin individually, you know the ship is made to impress. For its maiden voyage the passengers are well-known journalists of the travel industry and rich potential investors.
There’s a problem. Lo was the victim of a home invasion shortly before leaving port in England for Norway and is still badly shaken from the experience. Yes, she is on edge and possibly she drank a little more than she should but she is positive that she spoke with the woman next door in cabin 10 and later in the evening saw a person thrown overboard from that veranda. She knows what she saw, but no one believes her, especially since cabin 10 is empty because the person who was supposed to occupy it, a man, cancelled at the last minute. Did she really see what she thought she saw? If so, who was thrown overboard? And does that mean she’s on board with a murderer?
Don’t read this book if you are thinking of taking a cruise any time soon. Granted, you’re only in danger if you witness an awful event, but maybe don’t take any chances. I really enjoyed Ware’s debut In a Dark, Dark Wood but while I liked this one, I wasn’t as thrilled with it overall. The twists were good, but I had difficulty identifying with a character that kept making similar mistakes and was at times hard to like. A decent thriller, but read her first if you want to try this author.