I feel like with every season comes a new book that everyone is talking about. Gone Girl, Me Before You, YOU, these were all books everyone and their cousin were obsessed with at one time. That book right now is The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.
I’ve talked many times before about my serious case of FOMOOB (Fear Of Missing Out On Books, don’t laugh it’s a real thing), so of course I knew I wanted to get my hands on the hottest new thriller out there.
Lets just say I loved this book, and I truly think you’re going to love it it too.
Things I loved about The Woman in Cabin 10
The main character, Laura, was flawed, BUT likable.
The best main characters of books or movies are highly flawed. Amy from Gone Girl, Joe from YOU, Celeste from Tampa. Even though each of these characters are sick freaks, I loved them all! They were so intriguing and likable even though they were psychopaths.
Laura isn’t a killer or a child molester, but she is an alcoholic who struggles with anxiety and depression. She clearly is incredibly flawed in her own way, yet completely lovable. I was cheering for her the entire time.
The setting really ups the interesting factor
Psychological Thrillers are by far my favorite genre of book, so I read a lot of them and sometimes the plots are so vanilla and unoriginal. Setting this book on a cruise ship really took this story to the next level for me. There’s not just a murderer out there somewhere, there’s a murder on the same ship as you, sleeping in close proximity to you! I’ve read a lot of thrillers, but I’ve never read a thriller set on a cruise ship. It was so unique and added so much suspense to the book.
It was a classic case of “who done it”.
What can I say, my favorite board game growing up was Clue. “Who done it” will always be my favorite thriller plot line. You’re surrounded by a group of people “you know” yet someone amongst you is a murderer. This plot line is common and can be blahhh at times, but when you add in the uniqueness of the ship setting it completely ups the ante.
It’s written by an English woman so the book uses phrases like “bloody hell” and “bugger off” a lot.
If you’re European this won’t be nearly as awesome for you, but as an American I can’t get enough of these phrases! I slightly giggle every time I hear them/read them. I can’t be the only person with this weird obsession can I?
It has some Girl Power mixed into the plot
Girl Power is sometimes cheesy to me if done the wrong way, but it was perfect in this book. I don’t want to give away too much into the story, so I’ll just say I think it really added to the plot line and the character development.
The woman who read the audio version of this book is incredible.
I’m not a huge fan of listening to books, but I listened to this during the 12 hour drive from Alabama to Florida. The woman who read the audio version of this book was SO good. Not only did she have the perfect English accented voice (which as we just learned, I love), but she adjusted her voice with each character that was speaking. It added so much to the story, and I never wanted her stop speaking.
Have a friend, spouse, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, neighbor, random person in the street who loves suspenseful thrillers?! This is a great Christmas gift for them!
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