The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Today we are having a guest post by Jordana Landsman. She is going to be talking about The Woman in Cabin 10.
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Book Review by Jordana Landsman:
If you want to read The Woman in Cabin 10but don’t have a copy handy, here’s an alternative. Rent the movie Flight Plan starring Jodie Foster, and imagine you’re on a luxury passenger yacht instead of a jumbo commercial jet. Gloss over the whodunnit details, and focus on the hysterical, self-medicated woman who insists that a crime has occurred on board. Voila, you’ve pretty much completed your cruise with Ruth Ware’s bestselling novel. Watch your step as you disembark, and please come again.
A classic or a rerun?
This is, I hope, a polite way of saying The Woman in Cabin 10 is an entry, not a breakthrough, into well-worn genre territory. From Grand Hotel to Murder on the Orient Express, we are story-primed to meet a cast of traveling guests up to suspicious antics. And whether it’s Jodie in the air or Lo at sea, stories of a questionable source reporting a crime no one believes are time-honored too, particularly since Girl on a Train’s gin-and-tonic-soaked Rachel squinted her commuter-bound way to witnessing and solving a murder.
These stories work for a reason. Readers root for underdogs and unlikely heroes, and a desperate but unreliable woman facing a hostile crowd fits that bill. Add in her dangerous confinement on a moving vessel isolated from mainstream society, and you have an iconic woman-against-the-world character. Think John McClane, Rambo, Will Kane, and even Angelina Jolie’s embattled Saltfighting a hostile or indifferent system.
Thank you to Jordana Landsman for sharing with us today!