My reviews can also be seen at starsThis is my first book by Ruth Ware I have always wanted to take a luxury cruise and so the plot of this book intrigued me.I was actually going to read Dark Dark Wood prior to reading this novel However, since I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, so I figured I could always go back and read Dark Dark Wood some other time Journalist, Laura Lo Blacklock is a writer for a travel magazine Lo suffers from anxiety and after a terrifying home invasion she doesn t feel safe anywhere any Maybe her new work assignment will help It is a free week long trip on a luxury cruise This assignment could also help with the promotion she s been wanting.The Aurora is a beautiful brand new boat Luxurious but small and intimate with only ten cabins But the assignment of a lifetime soon turns into a nightmare when Lo is positive she sees a woman from the cabin next door thrown off the boat But that can t have happened as all passengers on the boat are accounted for.Lo is insistent and knows that she didn t imagine the woman she spoke to, the woman even gave her a tube of mascara So where is she now Where is the woman from cabin 10 No one seems to take her concerns seriously.Did she have too much to drink Is she losing her mind I did have a bit of trouble getting into the book at first I m not entirely sure why but I found my mind wandering However, once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down I had a few minor issues with the plot and a hard time with Lo s character at first.but she grew on me.Honestly, the suspense was good and I had no idea what was going to happen next but I definitely wanted to find out.All in all this was a creepy in a good way and entertaining read, and I look forward to reading from this author.I would like to thank Goodreads Giveaways for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Deep sixing this one Read only 14% so not rating it Not feeling it and to be honest the dialogue just seems corny. 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 The Woman in Cabin 10 promised an intense read, but all I felt after reading this was intense anger Anger because I expected so much than what the author promised The premise is typical of a thriller novel, it depicts a rollercoaster ride This novel unfortunately is a huge disappointment for me So much time wasted.I listened to this book because I had other books I was already reading, and I need to listen to a book while driving The narrator didn t have the most pleasing voice, but she still did a good job I believe that the character the author created, Lo, is the problem She s a rude, conceited, and honestly a bit stupid I hate thrillers with a good plot but has terrible characters This novel has terrible characters and a mediocre plot It all started with Lo and a certain event in her flat That event made her paranoid and affected most of what happens next in the novel When she finally got aboard The Aurora, I thought that it should get really good from here, but right from the start of her being onboard, it starts to get really dull and annoying I didn t like her approach to people, even if the justification is because of what happened to her before, it s a bit unlikely that anyone is that rude If I were to meet her in person, I would most likely hate her just from the introduction The climax of the novel shouldn t even be considered as a real climax, because there is none It s all rambling and talking to the crew The mystery started to seem really boring because of all her rambling and complaining about everything The most annoying part of the novel is the disgusting ending and revelation of the secret That s it I wasted 9 hours of my life listening to this piece of crap I ve read way better thrillers with cliches plot than this This is probably the most overhyped book I ve read in my life I m glad I didn t buy a physical copy because I might give it away to a person that I hate I firmly believe that it wouldn t have made a difference if I read this, because I would be equally annoyed with the outcome, and the main character.After days of contemplating ,I can t give this than 1 star Whenever I remember this novel, there s no positive feeling or emotion felt toward it If only I could forget about novels, this would be a good use of that ability. I received a copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 from NetGalley for an honest review Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Scout Press, and Ruth Ware for the opportunity This book will be published in July, 2016.You know the feeling..poised for sound and vigilant for any hint of the slightest evidence of movement You are alone At least that is what your mind tells you.Lo Blacklock has barely an eye open after a night of some serious throwing em back drinking But there are sounds coming from the outer periphery of her tiny basement apartment And why is the door closed A turn of the doorknob reveals a man completely encased in a cocoon of black clothing and wearing latex gloves Shock finds Lo instantly and she is completely immobile The door slams and Lo is locked inside.Later, Lo is able to break out of her bedroom prison But the break in leaves Lo shattered and filled with fear It has a downward affect on her relationship with her boyfriend as well Lo gladly accepts an assignment from the travel magazine that she works for in order to flee from this nightmare She boards the cruise liner, Aurora Borealis, on its maiden voyage No harm can ever come to her way out in the distant waters She finally embraces a haven that she believes to be safe But is she really And here comes an injection of gaslighting at its finest Lo experiences the freight train collision of witnessing a body being tossed overboard She runs next door to Cabin 10 to alert the woman who had just loaned her a mascara earlier in the evening No one is there and no passenger has been booked for that cabin In fact, the passenger crew list is intact No one, but no one, is left unaccounted for Have too many rounds of gin and tonic left Lo s brain pickled and off kilter The tension mounts as Lo clings to what she believes and feels actually happened But there are no takers for the story that is ripping her to shreds inside Self doubt wants to take permanent residence inside her already fragile mind taunt with high pitched anxiety.Ruth Ware provides an easy, quick writing style The dialogue is crisp and not bogged down with endless soliloquy The build up is relentless As the reader, you take pity on Lo and don t want to leave her adrift here So you keep turning pages..Now the conclusion may or may not fit the bill for you We each bring our own experiential backgrounds to the act of reading But I will say this, I m glad to have taken that eerie cruise with Lo It will not leave you adrift with wonder It all plays out in those deep, deep waters. I just realized I don t hate myself and therefore will not be completing this if you look up the word mediocre in the dictionary it s just a photo of this book maybe a photo of the opening page because the cover is the only thing about this that isn t shitListen, this is just about the most generic thriller ever written Let s talk about all the shitty ass ways this book copies The Girl on the Train, a 2015 novel that I have an immense distaste for They have the exact same plot. Lead observes something But no one will believe her because she is Un Re Li Able. You can read literally any one of these novels and there s an unreliable narrator Why is she unreliable Some unspecific mental condition that will play into her character development absolutely zero Or better yet, alcoholism It is 2018 The Girl on the Train was a shitty book Stop copying it.And listen, okay, I am fine with unreliable narrators But in books like these we know from the beginning that they re unreliable and that they might be hallucinating it all Ooooooooooooooooh You know what else we know That no author is going to end the book with yup, they hallucinated that all Because then how can you market it to work tired middle aged readers to bring on their Bahamas trip Although I m sure a vaguely boring sixty year old scholar somewhere could work out a marketing pitch about how an ending with no reveal simply demonstrates the pointlessness of existing They would be wrong Nothing could possibly be as pointless as this book Also, you know, complex characters do need to have some vague veneer of consistency For example, let s say your lead character looooooooves her boyfriend She wants to solve all the issues in their relationship and be with him forever So what does she do Something nice Of course not, because that would be logical She gets in a fight with him and proceeds to ignore all his emails for days Yeah.And you know what You get a bonus fucking round for the cringiest thing that happened in this book The main character s ex boyfriend touches her boobs without any consent or even hint she s into him She knees him in the groin for touching her boob Great, right No, because Ruth Ware then promptly ruins the iconicness of the moment by having her protagonist apologize for it and say it was her fault He touched her on the boob without asking He absolutely deserved to be kneed in the balls this book can actually go jump in the ocean just like that woman who still has not been thrown in the ocean despite me being THIRTY ONE FUCKING PERCENT IN and it being in the damn BLURB I m going to bed.Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube I smacked my head on a low hanging light fitting earlier so am particularly grumpy, but here s what irked me about this book Whining protagonist, too anxious and irritating to function.Plot holes bigger than the Grand Canyon Every character unlikable.Glossed over sexual assault Took Forever to get going.That ENDING, I hurt my eyes rolling them so hard.Guess what Lo Blacklock I wouldn t have believed you either.The end. Initial thoughts I read it.I m not mad about it It was good Not my favorite.Though not my least favorite.Final Thought Meh all the shrugs They can t all leave us breathless and begging for.Admittedly, there is something very addictive about Ware s writing.For me, the second half of this was much stronger than the first half I wasn t really invested in the story at all until the reveal I would just say the reveal and events leading to the final conclusion were much compelling than the build up to the reveal.During the build up, I totally had moments of,who cares Gawd, Lo, mind your business Quit your whiningand then the reveal happened and I was like,hold up now, that s kind of interestingYah, so keeping it short and sweet, those are my thoughts Q Would I classify this as one of the best mystery thrillers I have read A No Q Will I read another Ruth Ware book A Definitely Take from that what you will. 3.5 starsThere s a reason why we keep thoughts inside our heads for the most part they re not safe to be let out in publicLaura Lo Blacklock just won the career lottery her pregnant boss can no longer attend the Aurora cruise Instead, her boss sends Lo as the magazine s representative to the maiden voyageFor a travel journalist I m worryingly bad at geographyThe ship is full of rich socialites, intrepid reporters and world renowned rich folks the perfect people to wine dine Lo can feel it in her bonesthis is her chanceRight before she sets off her apartment is broken into, and she feels fear like she s never felt it before.The very first night, she borrows mascara from the woman in cabin 10 hey o it s the title Later that night, Lo hears a splash outside and sees what looks like a body sinking beneath the waves.Only, when she raises the alarmeveryone on the ship is accounted for What s , given Lo s shakey use of medication, and her general lack of evidence, fewer and fewer people believe her Even the mascara her one shred of proof goes missingI know what it s like Don t you see I know what she must have felt like, when someone came for her in the middle of the night That s why I have to find out who did this to herAs frustrations and her own desperation mounts, Lo is faced with the single most defining decision in her life was there ever a girl in the cabin or could it have been all in her head This one was certainly engaging and I think the author did a fairly good job with the atmosphere and the setting As Lo became and panicked, I felt adrenaline jumping However, there were certainly moments where the pacing felt reallyoff where things would slow, slow, slowww down for no apparent reason Really took me out of the book This one had a similar feel to The Girl on the Train though this one had a main character with an actual backbone Well, sort of Lo did get a bit weepy and annoying about 2 3 of the way through.Overall, an entertaining read and I didn t see the ending coming.Audiobook CommentsExtremely well read by Imogen Church This was set in England Norway and the accents sounded rather good to my untrained ear Thoughthe reader s Brooklyn accent for Lo s boyfriend really could ve used some work It wasn t enough to ruin the audiobook, but it was certainly something I noticedYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.I should start by saying I ended up not reading the author s first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood, because someone I know spoiled the whole big twist for me I also should say I wasn t very disappointed as I wouldn t have enjoyed spending all the time invested reading it for another Gone Girl wannabe I m getting a little tired of everyone wanting to write the next big hit in the genre, but writing THE EXACT same story with differently named characters I ll also say that, while comparing the plots of her two books, this one was loads improved and I was interested to see what she wrote next, as I felt it would be a show of her own work instead of trying to be the next big thing You can read the plot for this one on the book page, but basically, Lo is a journalist who has the opportunity to cover a story aboard a swanky new cruise ship where things start to go awry.Because so few people have read this so far, I m not going to hash out every problem I had with this book, but I ll give some very vague generalizations as to not ruin the experience for someone else I had big problems with the very beginning and the last 20% of this book The middle 60% was honestly spot on, and if the entire book had been written with that sense of excellency it would have been a 5 star read.THINGS I LIKED Another reviewer named Denise brought this up first, but I liked how she described the format of this book reading like a classic Agatha Christie novel Group of people confined in a small area surrounding a murder This is always a plus for me I fangirl over any and all things reminiscent of Christie The pacing, after the first 25% was great The suspense built, layer upon layer, until you just wanted to devour the rest to find out whodunnit Unfortunately, you do find out who the culprit is a little earlier than expected, with a few minor twists nearing the end.There was one big twist I 100% did not see coming I always like being taken off my game so this was a positive for me however, I can already see many people having a problem with not only this twist, but the whole dang book because everything was very unrealistic.THINGS I DISLIKED Lo Blacklock Dear God, I loathed this woman I ve never had to follow the story of such a peculiar, whiny, uncomfortable woman in all my reading She did seem to find a backbone toward the end which I did appreciate I m just not sure how to pity a woman who is defined by passages like this paraphrasing by me I don t want to have sex with you Ben Lo Ben grabs Lo s breast in attempt to have sex with her anyway Lo knees Ben in crotch SCENEImmediately following, Lo is crying in her room with Ben s arm around her and he is trying to make her feel less guilty for her kneeing him in the crotch This, proceeded by the mascara incident which I know was an important scene in the book , just grated on me So many random incidents happen in this book without being tied together or having any explanation I think she threw certain plot points in to give us a better overall understanding of Lo and her bizarre actions, but it just didn t work for me I honestly am sitting here and am not entirely sure I even know how this book ended If you enjoyed her first book, you will very likely enjoy this one as well I can t say I didn t enjoy this one, as it was a quick, compelling read, but I did expect much from it This felt jumbled, confusing, and like a debut that you expect to be a little rough There is definitely talent here I m hoping book 3 will show stronger growth in the author s writing, but I still think I would recommend to those who are looking for an easy, quick read to capture their attention And I hope you all don t hate me for not loving this book as much as you probably will.