The Woman in Cabin 10

By: Ruth Ware
Subject Matter: Women journalists; Cruise ships; Psychological fiction; Suspense; Literary; Suspense fiction; Mystery fiction
Rating: 3/5

The Woman in Cabin 10

We have all seen them: the countless Pinterest lists of “Books You Should Read If You Loved Gone Girl“.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is almost always the first one on these lists.

I tend to steer clear of pop fiction the same way I steer clear of box office hits and Emmy award winning TV shows. I like to let the hype die down a) so I don’t accidentally overhear any spoilers and b) so the test of time can weed out any all-hype-no-substance types.

But when a friend offered me the chance to borrow this one for a beach weekend, I couldn’t resist.

I loved Gone Girl. And I liked The Woman in Cabin 10.

It is MADE to be read quickly. Like… one day quickly. It’s a super engaging, mostly quick-paced plot that doesn’t really give you time to think too much about it. Because if you think too hard about this one, it stops making sense.

So don’t give it time to unravel and you’ll love it just like me!

Loosely, this is a book about a young woman who gets the chance of a lifetime and winds up witnessing something she shouldn’t and paying for it. It features all your favorite mystery archetypes: the tenacious young journalist, the slimy coworker, the overbearing boss, the suave millionaire, the demure wife of said millionaire, so on and so forth.

It’s got tension and fear and murder and deceit and corruption and lavishness and claustrophobia and self doubt. All the mixings of a good whodunnit. And honestly, this one takes a step farther into “whatdunnit”. It takes a surprisingly long time to figure out what exactly goes wrong.

Despite the image on the cover, I was under the assumption that this book would take place in a cabin in the woods. I honestly thought it was going to be more Saw and less James Bond. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that Lo was never going to leave the cruise ship for a backwoods cabin. The cabin WAS IN the cruise ship.


Don’t be me.




Liked this one? Here are some suggestions:

(for more mystery novels)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I had to)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Redemption Road by John Hart

(for unhappy rich people)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(for more by Ruth Ware)

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware


Coming up:

Letters of a Nation by Andrew Carroll

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden


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