Young travel writer Lo Blackwood is about to take on the assignment of a lifetime: the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship. It’s her big chance to prove herself to her boss. But only days before departure, a domestic incident leaves Lo scared. She cannot shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen. The posh accommodations of the ship give her a brief sense of comfort. Soon enough, she is hearing frightening sounds and seeing suspicious activity that leads her to believe there has been a death on board. Her story doesn’t hold water though; no one on board has gone missing. Staff and passengers continue to move about the ship as if nothing happened, attending swanky dinners and soaking in the hot tubs. All the while, Lo is having a meltdown.
Recent books such as Gone Girl and Girl on a Train have introduced readers to the idea of an “unreliable narrator.” The Woman in Cabin 10 follows their lead. Is Lo to be believed? Or is what she seeing and hearing a result of trauma, lack of sleep or too much alcohol? These questions, along with the many plot twists and turns, make for a gripping page-turner. It’s the perfect thriller to read in one sitting (preferably on land and during daylight hours).