So shortly after Christmas Day, after we already lost George Michael, we lost both Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and her mother, Debbie Reynolds (Dancing in The Rain). I think that at this point, this year has been horrendous in terms of beloved celebrities with profound impacts on thousands of lives. And to put it simply, 2016, you’re drunk. Go home. We don’t have time for you anymore. And let’s protect our other beloved icons like Betty White, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, etc. For the love of God, our artistic national treasures need to stick around for the remaining 3 days! Am I right or am I right? RIP and let’s pour one out later tonight for them
Anyway, in other news, I just finished The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. And let me tell you, it’s a thriller. I could not put it down and had to read it with the lights on while listening to happy music. It’s intense.
It follows the protagonist, Lo Blacklock, after a horrible home invasion & assault, as she boards a cruise on its maiden voyage in the Nordic region of Europe. First or second night aboard and after a late night, she swears up and down she sees a woman being pushed overboard and there’s blood smeared on the divider between their shared cabin balconies. But the kicker, come to find out, is that nobody was actually staying in that cabin. WTF?
Throughout the novel, it successfully blends future & present, where there are more accidents, too coincidental occurances, and more death aboard. It’s not a brain teaser once you get closer to the end the book of who killed whom, why the Lords should not be allowed access to Viagra, etc. And it’s not necessarily the scariest book I’ve ever read but it is the one that’s kept me up the most.
The kicker for me is that since it is on a cruise ship and somebody does get pushed overboard, that very easily could happen in real life. And I’m fairly certain it has. Ruth Ware does a great job of ending things on a happy note but at the same time, making The Woman in Cabin 10 utterly gut wrenching, mind boggling, and realistically thrilling at the same time. Which is fairly hard to do, if we’re being honest with ourselves here.
Pick this book up and read it with the lights on & your doors locked. It’ll keep you up in the most thrilling way