I really loved The Girl on the Train – and since reading it have been looking for another great mystery. The Woman in Cabin 10 is just that. Both books were impossible to put down, and once I started Cabin 10 I couldn’t stop reading. Obsessed! I love a good mystery, or a good story full of suspense. These books satisfied that love. The two stories start out similarly, Lo Blacklock is a journalist who in the beginning of the story is followed home after an evening out. She is attacked, her attacker had followed her into the house and stole her purse. She is terrified and terrorized. The next morning – after barely any sleep at all – she tries to put the fuzzy pieces together. She admittedly had been a bit tipsy, and struggles to recall all the details of her attack.
After trying catch up with work, her relationship with boyfriend, and filling in her Mom with minimal details of the attack, she has an unexpected opportunity at work. She writes for a travel magazine and has the opportunity to take a luxury cruise on the cruise ship Aurora, on its maiden voyage. Still shaken by the attack, she is grateful for the opportunity at work, and for the opportunity to relax.
The first night out at sea, wanting to relax, and after a few drinks and an evening at one of the ship’s restaurants. She hears a woman scream in the middle of the night and a splash. Fearing the worst, she alerts the crew that a woman may have gone overboard. The mystery deepens when she discovers that everyone is accounted for – guests and crew. There had been a woman she saw earlier in the day, after the ship had set sail, yet she had been in the cabin next door, cabin 10. Yet, the captain’s confirmation that no one had actually booked that room is puzzling – and can’t possibly be true. There had been a last-minute cancellation, so the room should have been empty.
Earlier in the day she had seen a woman in that room, yet no one knows who it was, or is willing to admit knowing a woman was in the room. The real mystery unfolds then. She has to continue on the trip, in the middle of the ocean there are no other options available. The captain seems to be cooperating in the investigation – but while at sea there are no authorities she can contact. Everyone around her seems to not believe her, and instead everyone on board becomes almost a suspect in her mind. Reading the story, I started to doubt her too. But only because I read Girl on the Train, where Rachel is unclear on so many details, and as the story is told from her perspective, the disappearance of Jess remains a mystery.
I really loved this book, and I think this may be my new favorite genre. A genre that has yet to be fully defined, and in my own words, is hard to describe. Maybe there are more books of this type (that are this good) out there that I just haven’t seen yet. I’m looking forward to more books by by Paula Hawkins, or Ruth Ware!