The Woman in Cabin 10eBook - 2017
In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, 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, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, 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...
With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.
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Lo Blacklock is a travel writer with an outstanding career opportunity- the chance to cover the Aurora, a luxury cruise liner with views of the Northern Lights. Despite her apartment being ransacked right before she leaves, Lo refuses to miss the cruise, though she self-medicates with alcohol and antidepressants to deal with her PTSD and insomnia. On the first evening of the trip, Lo encounters a flustered young woman in Cabin 10 before an awkward dinner with the other journalists, including her ex-boyfriend Ben, the yacht’s owner Lord Bullmer, and his wife Anne who is a cancer patient. Lo wakes up when she hears a scream and a loud splash and runs to the balcony where she thinks she sees a woman’s body in the water. She’s sure it’s the woman she met earlier that day in Cabin 10, but the head of security assures her that the room has been empty the entire time. No one believes Lo due to her drinking, so she spends the rest of the voyage trying to solve the case on her own, even though someone is now threatening Lo herself.
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"I love ports. I love the smell of tar and sea air, and the scream of the gulls. Maybe it's years of taking the ferry to France for summer holidays, but a harbor gives me a feeling of freedom in a way that an airport never does. Airports say work and security checks and delays. Ports say... I don't know. Something completely different. Escape, maybe.” - p. 34
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