The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on July 19th 2016
Pages: 340
ISBN: 1501132938
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three-stars

I had high hopes for this book…but I was left slightly disappointed. I really enjoyed In a dark, dark Wood. I enjoyed that book from beginning to end so I had very high hopes for this one. I did read reviews for this and did see some of my favorite reviews giving this book lukewarm to good reviews. I hoped it would be better. The description sounded good to me.

Why the let down? For starters I didn’t much care for Lo. I didn’t much care for what happened to her or her attempts to be like Nancy Drew. I found myself not liking pretty much anyone in the book enough to care. Even with the twist/reveal – I didn’t pretty much care.

The gist:

Lo is a writer for a travel magazine who has been given the assignment to be on a luxury cruise with only a limited number of cabins. All the cabins are booked except for Cabin 10. But Lo saw a woman in cabin 10. She borrowed mascara from her. Then one night she hears a splash and finds some blood. She believes a murder has been committed but no one on board seems to be missing…with the exception of the woman Lo saw in Cabin 10. Lo begins to investigate and this is where I will stop.

I was hoping that this book was better. I ponder if I had liked Lo, would I have liked the book more? I am not so sure. In a Dark, Dark Wood grabbed me and held my attention. I could not read it fast enough and found it to be interesting and thought provoking. I found this book failed to really grab me. It was good enough to keep me reading – mainly because I wanted to know what happened but even then it did nothing to change my opinion of the book.

This just barely is a 3 star read

three-stars

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark WoodIn a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Published by Harvill Secker on July 30th 2015
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1846558913
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four-stars

This book was very gripping. It grabbed me right away and did not let go. It held my attention throughout the book. It was a real page turner.

Lenora (a.k.a. Lee, Leo & Nora) has not spoken to her childhood best friend, Clare, for 10 years. She receives an email inviting her to her Clare’s hen weekend. She is hesitant to go but agrees to finally do so when a mutual friend, Nina, also agrees to go as well.

The hen weekend takes place at a home in the woods that seems very out of place – as out of place as Nora feels when she learns who her friend is marrying. The house and the woods provide the perfect setting for the mystery that unfolds in this book.

The atmosphere, the house, the bad cell reception, the creepy and on edge host all set the stage for the weekend that takes place in a house in the dark, dark wood.

Most of the book takes place during the hen weekend but there are glimpses back into Nora and Clare’s younger years. It shows their relationship (or Nora’s perception of it).

Soon the Nina and Nora feel they have had enough and both want to leave but by then it is to late.

This book is a mystery and I put my detective hat on to try and determine who died. We know someone died. We know right away at the beginning of the book as Nora wakes up in a hospital room with police outside her door. But what happened? This was a page turner for me. I really like how the story unfolded. We are given little clues that I realized were there after I finished the book. I thought I knew who died. I was wrong. I thought I knew who the killer was and I was right but not for the reasons I thought I was right. There is a “reveal” at the end and I did not see that coming. The Author even had me second guess myself briefly.

If you like mysteries, I recommend this one.

four-stars