I’ve officially called time on summer for this year. I admit that I’ve been quiet on the blog front over the past couple of months but that’s because I just couldn’t find the time to write on a regular basis with all of the travelling, work, extra projects and spending time with family and friends. We can only do so much. I have however given myself a real break to relax which is so important for your own health. So, as we start to dig out our jumpers and prepare for autumn, I wanted to kick off September with a new book for you to read.
This month I want to introduce you to The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.
I came across Ruth’s novels when I first read The Lying Game back in May, which I think I picked up in Waterstones. When I was visiting my grandparents in Scotland, in July, we got talking about books. My grandma pulled out The woman in cabin 10 and said she thought I would like it. I immediately recognised the cover and that it was Ruth Ware novel and couldn’t wait to get stuck in (after I had got through my summer reading list)! One thing is for sure, I knew it was going to keep me guessing right until the very end.
The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10 is a psychological thriller that follows Lo Blacklock, a journalist for a travel magazine, on the work trip of a lifetime to review her experience aboard a luxury cruise heading from London to Norway. At first, things appear to be fine. She meets her fellow passengers, one of whom is someone she dated in the past, but when she accidentally meets the woman in cabin 10, things take a turn. One night when she’s alone in her cabin she thinks she witnesses something so dark and terrifying.. a woman being thrown overboard. As she digs for answers, things only get worse for her. Lo finds herself in a living nightmare.
How do you stop a killer, when no one believes they exist?
Ruth sets the story up really well as you then end up questioning all of the characters motives. Details revealed about Lo’s past make you wonder whether Lo is actually seeing and hearing what she thinks she is but, at the same time, I was really rooting for her until the very end.
I don’t know if there’s much more to say without giving it all away so give it a read and comment with your thoughts!
I follow Ruth on Twitter and saw one of her posts a few weeks ago which I thought sums up her approach to writing really well if you’ve ever read some of her work. She was asked to describe, ‘How to tell if you’re in a Ruth Ware novel’ and her answer is spot on, although I guess it should be.
I think that’s actually a really clever way of distinguishing yourself as a writer and finding a common thread through the novel’s that you write. I might give it a go!
A few more suggestions…
Ruth has just released her latest novel, The Death of Mrs Westaway. You can find out more on her website. I can’t wait to add this one to my book shelf!
Happy reading all!