The Woman in Cabin 10: a Review

 The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

340 pages

July, 2016 Gallery/Scout Press

“From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.”  Goodreads synopsis 

First, I would like to say that I really enjoyed this book, after all these fast paced psychological thrillers are my favorite genre.  There seems to be a lot of them lately, so I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.  This book had enough twists and turns to keep me engaged and guessing.  It also had a very realistic vibe to it, making it that much more fun to read.

I’ve heard in a dark, dark wood was very good too.  I have a copy of that one too, and after reading The Woman in Cabin 10, I can’t wait to read her other work as well.

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It: a Review

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It by Stephen King

1116 pages

October 1987

 

 

 

A story ulimately about childhood, and how being an adult changes everything you have learned growing up.  However, the book takes a very roundabout way, in a very Stephen King fashion to make that point.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown lives in the sewer system of Derry, Maine.  He lures children in as a friendly seeming clown with balloons that “all float down here”.  But Pennywise can also take shape of your worst nightmares: being a warewolf or leper.  It’s up to a group of “loser” friends to save Derry and stop It.

So much of this book screams old school King….as it should since it is.  It’s a long book and I’m not going to lie, there were times in the middle that I just wish it was done.  I felt like I was reading and reading and not getting anywhere.  To be fair, I also had a lot going on at the time I was reading It.  Stephen King has been a favorite author of mine since the eighth grade.  However, this is not one of my favorite books of his.  There is a little too much of a sci-fi twist for me. People also say it’s way too scary, and therefore afraid to read it.  I don’t think it was very scary.  Creepy at parts?  Most definitely.  But not super scary! (And I’m kinda a whimp!)

All in all,  It is a book I would recommend as it is written in typical Stephen King fashion and he has such a fabulous way of writing and character development.   And if you are a sci-fi fan, then you have no excuse excuse not to read it!

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