The Woman in Cabin 10

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Lo Blacklock is sure she has witnessed a murder. She jolts awake to the sound of a scream and then the terrifying splash of something large being heaved into the dark waters of the North Sea. As a travel journalist covering the maiden voyage of the Aurora, a small cruise ship traveling north to the fjords of Norway, Lo knows she’s distinctly out of place on the luxurious trip. She’s not posh enough, not professional enough, and definitely not sober enough.

But she knows one thing for sure: when the ship left port, there was a young, dark-haired woman in the cabin next to hers. Yet no one else on board seems to know who the missing woman is, and Lo’s search for the truth becomes more frantic — and more dangerous — with every passing hour.

“The interior of the Aurora was gobsmacking. The boat might be small, but they had crammed in enough bling for a vessel ten times the size.  The gangway doors opened up onto the landing of a long, curving staircase and literally every surface that could be French polished, encased in marble, or draped with raw silk had been so.  The whole flight was illuminated by an eye-watering chandelier, suffusing the place with tiny splashes of light that reminded me of nothing so much as the sun glinting off the sea on a summer’s day. It was slightly nauseating — not in a social-conscience sort of way, although if you thought about it too hard, that too. But more the disorientation — the way the crystals acted like a prism on every drop of light, dazzling you, throwing you off-balance with a sensation like peering into a child’s kaleidoscope.”

Ruth Ware is the author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. She lives in London.

Published: 2016
Length: 340 pages
Main Setting: The North Sea
Secondary Settings: Norway; London, England, U.K.