The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (July 2016)
If you read the NPR book of the year (2015), In the Dark Dark Wood, then you read Ware's first novel. The movie rights have been purchased and the paperback is still selling like hotcakes. This is her second book, and it is another taut psychological thriller. Instead of a hen party outside of London, the setting for this novel is on a yacht, a luxury liner on its maiden voyage into the dark north of Scandinavia and the Northern Lights. Lo Blackwood, a London reporter placed on the ship to write about this new cruising idea for rich folks, has just experienced a horrific break-in at her flat, suffering post-traumatic stress. As she begins her journey, she encounters a young woman in the cabin across the hall (yep, Cabin 10), yet never sees her again on the boat filled with a scant dozen guests. Ware sprinkles her story with some strange, twisted characters, leading us down paths of "ah-ha" moments that then twist themselves around again. As Lo ventures further into the mystery, we are dragged with her, turning page after page to see which passenger really is a psychopath. Great vacation read for the mystery lover!
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