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.
GoodReads Official Synopsis
- Storyline: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (natural flow of the plot makes for an entertaining read)
- Characters: ⭐️⭐️✨ (the characters have natural feel and interact believably with one another)
- Language: ⭐️ (due to the European background there’s a lot of coursing peppered throughout the story)
Just got done reading this. I’ve been wanting to read a thriller and haven’t had a lot of time to sit down but found this at our local thrift shop and decided I could add it to my collection of “To Be Read” books sitting by my bedside already. One night while my husband was busy playing video games I broke out my favorite blanket and started reading. I got absorbed pretty quickly. Then, I was really excited to find out that our local library had the audiobook of it on their website. Needless to say I was able to finish the book in about 4 days and didn’t feel like I was wasting time since I was able to listen to more than 75% of the book on audio.
So let’s start with the Audio Review:
Imogene Church was…. awesome! I’m so picky when it comes to readings but she was great! Her Scandinavian accents were subtle and believable, her male voices were just different enough for you to distinguish each character. The only two voices I wasn’t fond of were her Brooklyn accent and her male Irish but out of the 10+ voices she did, I’m ok with not loving only 2.
Ok so on to the Written Review:
Ware spins a modern Agatha Christie mystery. With a limited amount of characters you are constantly wondering “who-don-it?” The main character, Lo (short for Laura) is pretty much every woman. She wants to be independent even in the face of a recent trauma and mental health issues. Granted her mental health isn’t something that can’t be managed however the story really delves into how people should interact with those they know have mental health issues and how they are people just like anyone else and shouldn’t be discredited.
There were some parts where I, the reader thought “Come on Lo, did you really think that was a good idea?” Or “haven’t you seen mystery stories before?!” But granted, I’m seeing the whole picture and going into this knowing it’s a mystery so with that being said, normal people want to think the best and try not to overreact so much so they compensate but under-reacting. That to me made this story more believable.
If you’re looking for an easy weekend read that will keep your interest throughout, The Woman in Cabin 10 should be your next pick.