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The Woman in Cabin 10

Fixed on Fiction met in July to discuss The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware-

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.

-Summary courtesy of Goodreads.

Here are some of the initial comments readers made while discussing this month’s title:

  • I love psychological suspense so this was a thumbs up for me. Not sure what Lo’s break-in had to do with the rest of the story. I don’t know if I ever want to go on a cruise!
  • I liked it a lot. The bit where Lo was stuck in the cabin dragged for me but otherwise it was great.
  • So-so. This wouldn’t pass the “first 50 pages test.” There was lots of buzz about this title so maybe my expectations were too high?
  • So-so. I had too many unanswered questions. That boat was so fancy but they didn’t have Wi-Fi? Why couldn’t Lo overpower Carrie?
  • I had a hard time getting into it. Lo was annoying and she was supposed to be working! But the pace was fast and I enjoyed that.
  • I liked it! I thought Lo was crazy until the very end. The ending was ridiculous though but I liked everything else.
  • Definitely a thumbs up. I listened to it and it was great on audio. I’ve been on a huge psychological suspense kick.
  • So-so. I liked how it started. But holding Lo captive was way too far-fetched.
  • Thumbs down! I just didn’t care.
  • So-so. I got a little lost with all the characters. The ending was too rushed and too far-fetched.

What we’re reading & watching:


Midnight in Broad Daylight

Won’t You be My Neighbor?

The Great Believers

The Staircase

The Breakdown



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