Thursday, January 25, 2018

[Book Review] The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware was a book that I was anticipating for months. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was really disappointed. The storyline just fell flat with me and I couldn't stand the main character.

When this book was picked for our January read for book club, I was a bit bummed at first. However, when I went back to my review on Goodreads and realized that I hadn't yet posted about this book here on my blog, I decided to move it over! So thank you, book club! :) Of course, even though I didn't like the book, I did really enjoy our club's conversation about it!

Let's dive into my review!

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Synopsis: 
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.


My thoughts:
You hear it all the time... That "Book Title X is the next Girl On The Train!" Well... in this case, that description is very fitting, but not in a good way for me. The characters and storyline were incredibly similar... the main difference was that in this story, we're on a boat rather than a train.

Overall, this book was a miss for me. I thought the storyline sounded so suspenseful and interesting when I first heard about it... But unfortunately, it just fall flat for me. If I had to summarize this book using a line from the book, it would definitely have to be, "I groaned at my own stupidity.” Gah.

The story opens with a very hungover character named Lo, who wakes up into a scene straight from my nightmares-there is a man she doesn't know in her apartment, wearing latex gloves... He doesn't harm her (purposefully at least), but he does take her purse, and the encounter really shakes her up.

Soon we discover that Lo really has a problem with alcohol. And that she is far too nosey for her own good. She's also quick to snap at people and very self centered. Overall, a very unlikable character. And unfortunately this set the tone for me for the rest of the story. When Lo was in danger, I just didn't care. I found her drive to "solve" what happened incredibly similar to the storyline in The Girl On The Train. Again, the line, "I groaned at my own stupidity," sums that up pretty well...

Another major issue I had with this book was how overly descriptive it was. I mean, this was from ONE page:
...drank it down in three long gulps like medicine. 
...like a sloughed-off skin. 
...a sleep so deep it felt like drowning.
...like a broken-backed bird. 

I had to work very hard to not get annoyed by this and just press on and try to enjoy the storyline.


Favorite passages:
Apparently the majority of ball gowns were designed by five-year-old girls armed with glitter guns, but at least this one didn’t look entirely like an explosion in a Barbie factory.

I lay there, cudgeling my battered brain to try to work it out, the more I tried to ram the bits of information together, the more it felt like a jigsaw with too many pieces to fit the frame.


My final thoughts:
While a miss for me, I would still recommend this book to readers that really love books like The Girl On The Train, that doesn't mind really unlikable main characters or stories with a lot of loose ends.



Thanks for reading!
To see my thoughts on another book by Ruth Ware, check out my review for In a Dark, Dark Wood!

28 comments:

  1. Oh, that's too bad! I enjoyed this one - it wasn't a masterpiece by any means, but I thought the reveal was pretty unique.

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  2. Yep, too bad! I've not read it, but it's kind of there in the back of my mind as one I'd still like to give a go. But I was never sure about the closed room (boat) idea. I'd read one similar at the time this came out and didn't fancy another one so soon! lol

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    1. Ah I hear ya! I hope you have better luck with it once you give it a go! :)

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  3. Oh no what a pity! I adored The Girl on the Train, but it's a pity this book had to copy it so much. They sound so similar :(
    Brilliant review!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. You may really enjoy this one! If the similarities don't bother you too much! :)

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  4. I know what you mean. The kiss of death for me is when a book is "the next Gone Girl." I'd actually heard a lot of people like this but our tastes are usually so similar that I think I will skip this one altogether. Although I do like the part about the dress and the glitter gun.

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    1. Ugh yeah... It's just too much. Ha! That quote and the first chapter were really the only two bits of the book that I really liked! ;)

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  5. This is one of a dozen or more Gone Girl/Girl on the Train look-alikes I've kept around on my TBR but haven't read yet. I'm thinking there's only so many ways you can tell that kind of story, so it sounds like I can skip over this one haha. I've heard so many things about In a Dark, Dark Wood though; maybe that can take its place!

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely an idea that's been a bit saturated... I really enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood!! I'd definitely recommend that one over Woman in Cabin 10!

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    2. Glad you recommend In a Dark, Dark Wood. I actually own that one!

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    3. I can't wait to see what you think of it! :) I remember being really creeped out by it!

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  6. Aw I’m really sorry this one was a pass for you :( The worst thing ever is being disappointed by a highly anticipated book!

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  7. This is not the first time I've heard of someone being disappointed in this book. I think this will be a pass for me!

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    1. Yeah... it was just too rough. Most of my book club also had issues with it. There were a lot of double-thumbs down ratings.

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  8. I believe I only gave this one three stars. It isn't my typical genre, but I read it as part of a challenge. I kind of what to try and solve the mystery along with the MC and I didn't feel like we as readers got an opportunity to do so.

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  9. Hmmm, I've been looking forward to this one myself. But I probably won't like for some of the same reasons you don't. Thanks for sharing this informative review.

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  10. Ah sorry you didn’t enjoy the book. This one have been in my TBR and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. Thanks for the honest review, though.
    Anyway, I like your blog with all the horror/mystery books!

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    1. I hope you have better luck with it than I did! :) And thank you so much!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Dang, I wish you had liked this one a little more! I've read all of Ruth Ware's and I'd say this one was my favorite of them.

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    1. Oh darn! Hmm, I wonder if I should give it a re-read!

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  12. Sorry this was a miss for you. I loved this one and her other books as well. It's not for everyone though and that's okay! I hope whatever book you're reading now that you're enjoying it a lot more Erica. :D

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed! :) I was quite bummed that this was a miss for me, but it's okay :) I still can't wait to read more of her work!

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  13. It's so disappointing when a book you really were anticipating and looking forward to happens to fall flat. I am sorry it just wasn't connecting with you in any way :/.

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    1. It sure is! :( I know not every book will before me, but I can't help but be bummed when it happens.

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