Saturday 24 September 2016

Crime: The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Harvill Secker, €12.99

Breda Brown

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

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Lo Blacklock is a travel journalist who can't quite believe her luck when she's invited to join an elite group to sail on the maiden Scandinavian voyage of the Aurora, a luxury boutique cruise vessel with just 10 passenger cabins. Rubbing shoulders with billionaires, investors and an international model could be the break she needs to elevate her career to the next level.

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But just a few hours after speaking to the woman in the cabin next to hers, Lo wakes to hear a scream and the sound of a body being thrown overboard. When Lo tries to raise the alarm, she is told the cabin next door is empty as nobody is staying there during the trip. Even more worryingly, all passengers on the ship are accounted for and the woman Lo met doesn't seem to exist. Frustrated that nobody believes her, Lo begins her own investigation and, with echoes of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, every passenger and crew member becomes a suspect in her quest to find out what happened to Blacklock's neighbouring voyager.

While avid crime lovers might be slightly frustrated by the slow pace and the vast number of quite obvious plot holes, it should be pointed out that Ruth Ware won legions of fans with her debut psychological thriller In A Dark, Dark Wood. Her second novel is an equally engrossing holiday read - although if you're planning a trip on a cruise ship, you would be well advised to wait until you get home before delving in.

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