My friend Erin says we all have demons inside us, voices that whisper we’re no good…
Published: June 30, 2016
Publisher: Scout Press
Pages: 340 (Paperback)
Series: N/A – Standalone
There’s a reason why we keep thoughts inside our heads for the most part—they’re not safe to be let out in public.
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.
Unlike Ware’s first novel, there was so much right with this book! The cover art is absolutely gorgeous and creepy and is perfect for the story lurking inside. The main character in this book, Lo Blacklock, was so much better than the main character in her first novel. Blacklock felt like a real person, whereas Nora felt cold and distant. The fact that I liked this character so much more made it easy to keep reading. Not to mention the intense plot that was weaved throughout this story. I honestly got anxiety while I was reading this, I had absolutely no idea who Lo could trust and I was scared for her. This book gave me MAJOR Clue vibes, and I was totally into it.
This book really was a mystery in every way. First, you had no idea who could have been in cabin 10, or if there even was someone in there. As the book develops you start to wonder if maybe Lo is going crazy. Maybe there wasn’t anyone in cabin 10, maybe she never heard anything, maybe the stress of the burglary is making her jumpy and paranoid? But really, who knows??? Not me!
Second, you know absolutely nothing about the girl in cabin 10. You don’t know her name, her age, why she’s there, who she knows. Nothing. So, you can’t even come up with a possible theory as to who could have done it. Everyone on that boat, from the guests to the staff, are suspects. This little fact gives you so much anxiety because you’re scared for Lo. You aren’t sure who she can trust, and this scared me as a reader. It was like I was in the boat with her, surrounded by strangers and lies.
Third, the little snippets between the parts of the book, like the emails and posts Judah sends out to see if anyone heard from Lo, scares you and thrills you and confuses you in the best way. You want to keep reading just to figure out what happens and what the heck is going on.
Just like with Ware’s first novel, the writing is spectacular. She definitely has a way with word building and dialogue. The way she crafts and lays out the details of the boat are spectacular. I really felt like I was there. For me, this book was an A+ thriller and a page turning mystery. If you’re looking to get into one of Ware’s books I suggest skipping her first and moving right on to this one.
Other novels by Ruth Ware