Audio Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Posted January 2, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Audio Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WareThe Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on July 9, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.



Laura Blacklock is a travel journalist who luckily finds herself booked aboard a special voyage of the Aurora, a new luxury cruise liner. She’s replacing her co-worker who couldn’t make the trip. All goes well until one night when she’s awakened by a scream, followed by a splash from the adjacent cabin #10. Problem is, the woman she’d seen earlier occupying that stateroom wasn’t booked as a passenger or crew on the ship nor does anyone else appear to be missing.


This story took quite a bit of time to develop and seemed to meander at will. Laura (Lo) had a lot of issues that contributed to her not being taken seriously by many when her story couldn’t be validated. But then, the story took a turn and things got tense as we are put in the position of believing her account. Of course, I guessed wrong (probably missed a few clues when my mind wandered) and the clever little twist at the end elevated my rating.


I enjoyed the narrator, Imogen Church, who really captured Lo’s character. Be forewarned that her interpretation of an American accent will make you chuckle. I’m glad I decided to listen to the story because she made the slow start more interesting. While this wasn’t the most original plot, it was entertaining. Just hang in there until things get going.


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About Imogen Church

Born in Scotland and raised in England, Imogen trained as an actress at The Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating several moons ago, she has worked extensively in theatre, film, commercials and comedy sketch work and she works regularly as a voice artist; she also spent several years underground enjoying success as a deliciously naughty cabaret artiste, making people laugh and generally being rude.

As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.

About Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex and studied at Manchester University, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer.

Her début thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood and the follow-up The Woman in Cabin 10 were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers in the UK, and New York Times top ten bestsellers in the US. She is currently working hard on book three.

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8 responses to “Audio Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  1. I’ve officially seen the full spectrum of reviews for this one. I’ve seen loved it, hated it and somewhere in-between. I’m curious about it, because I do like the idea of being trapped on a ship (for scare/tension factor in a book, that is). How funny that the American accent by a Scottish (English raised) narrator is funny – probably how some of our English accents come off to them 🙂

    Happy Monday! Great review!

    • Thanks Berls! I was also intrigued by the range of the reviews and decided to just listen to it myself because, like you, was interested in the premise. You should give it a go but definitely the audio version.