Stuck at sea with a killer… this is a must-read thriller.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine. She gets a chance to prove her worth to her editor, by going on a weeklong luxury cruise. What can be better than someone treating you like royalty, and then writing about it, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out that way at all. Lo witnesses a crime one night when she sees somebody throwing a body overboard. Lo tries to convince everybody of what she saw. Nobody believes her since there is nobody on the ship unaccounted for. Lo thinks it was the woman that she saw one day while she went next door to borrow some mascara. Since nobody knows who the women are, Lo decides that she won’t stop searching for the woman in cabin 10. Then she starts to get threatening messages to back off…
The main character, Lo Blacklock, was very real. Not likable, and not always correct. But always real. And I appreciated that about her. Not all women fake niceness to reach the top of the corporate ladder. I felt her frustration when she got discounted as a witness because she is on antidepressants.
I had some problems keeping up with the many characters. There were the guests of the cruise ship, plus the many staff members. I admit I’m not good with remembering names in real life either. So this could be an issue with my iffy memory, rather than a fault of the book. In the end, there were only a handful of people who played an important role, so it worked out okay.
The luxury boat is full of twists and turns. At first, I thought it would be challenging to keep up with where we are on the boat. Then I found out that the main character also struggles to find her way on the boat. So, from a writer’s perspective, it made sense. Imagine running for your life, only to end up in a dead end? Yes, you will want to put your feet on the couch as you read The Woman in Cabin 10.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Some people compared the book to “The Girl on the Train”. I didn’t see the similarities, apart from a strong female character who likes to booze a little too much. I wish the book was longer, I would have liked to live in Lo Blacklock’s world a little longer. It was a quick and easy read. You won’t regret reading “The Woman in Cabin 10”.