The Woman in Cabin 10; Ruth Ware
Simon & Schuster Audio
Originally read in July 2016 -
Reread/book group/ audio February/2020
Lo Blacklock is a journalist for Velocity, a travel magazine. She's been given the work opportunity of a lifetime, a week on the Aurora, a luxury cruise ship. Lo thinks that this assignment may be just what she needs to calm her nerves, as a few days earlier her London flat was broken into while she was at home. Although she never got a good look at the masked crook and she wasn't physically harmed, emotionally she's a wreck and has been unable to sleep.
She boards the ship, destination Norway, but smooth sailing and calm nerves are not to be. Lo's first evening aboard she sleep deprived and spends a few hours dining with the small intimate group and drinking a bit too much. Then she returns to her cabin she thinks she has witnessed the woman in the cabin next to hers (Cabin 10) being tossed overboard. She's pretty sure it was the woman whom she had borrowed mascara from earlier in the evening.
When Lo reports what she's seen to the crew member in charge, no one believes her. She is told that all the passengers are accounted for, and that cabin 10 is unoccupied. Determined to prove she's not going mad, Lo begins asking questions, perhaps too many questions for her own good.
The Woman in Cabin 10 is one of those mysteries that hooked me early on and kept me eagerly turning the pages. The story is not perfect but, the characters are interesting and diverse and the setting awesome for the way this story played out. The sometimes paranoid protagonist, who at times had more guts than brains helped to make this a fun read.
Although I forgot parts of this one, my original rating (trying the audio this time) remained the same. Fun listen. 4/5 stars