Lately, I’ve been getting more and more into mystery books. After finishing Gone Girl recently, I’ve been on the hunt for another great thriller. The Woman in Cabin 10 had a fairly unique premise and I had seen it featured in the mystery section of seemingly every book store I went to, so I finally picked it up. While it falls short of the bar that Gone Girl sets, despite it’s flaws, it was an interesting and heart-pounding novel.
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.