This is my very first audio book review…
And I’m not sure if there is a right or wrong way to review this type of book but I’m going to give it a go anyway.
The Woman in Cabin 10 (Release Date: July 19 2016)
Length: 11 hrs 8 mins
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 describe only 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 listen in The Woman in Cabin 10 – one that will leave even the most sure-footed listener restlessly uneasy long after the last minute ends.
I think it is safe to say “In a Dark Dark Wood” (Read Review) falls into the category of “You either hate or love it”. I fall into the latter group and have been waiting eagerly to get my hands on this book in some form or another. I decided to go with an audio book because I wanted to compare a recent indie submission to a bestseller with a big budget. I should also mention that the last time I tried anything like this was when I used to listen to those “read along”record and book things. It was in the 80’s and I was a kid.
Before I get into the actual story, I want to talk about the voice talent behind this book, Imogen Church. Having managed a commercial recording studio for many years I have a little experience when it comes to judging voice over talent. Imogen is in a league of her own. After doing a little research I learned that she has recorded many other of my favourite books from British authors. The recording for “The Woman in Cabin 10” is slick and professional. Imogen knows her stuff and I would be happy listening to her voice all day long.
Now for the story. The Woman in Cabin 10 is fantastic. It’s only my opinion of course but I really enjoyed it. I didn’t love it like “In a Dark Dark Wood” but I think that was because of the protagonist.Not that I didn’t like Lo Blacklock, she just had a few annoying traits that frustrated me a bit.
The story itself is a classic who dunnit with a twist wrapped in a twist at the end. The characters are interesting and eccentric. Also, the Nordic setting adds to the mysterious tone of the story. The writing was sound and there were loads of tense moments. Moments where you hold your breath and hope for the best.
If you don’t like Ruth Ware’s other books I would suggest you give this one a miss. She has a unique style that I enjoy very much but she’s not for everyone. That said, I think the film adaptation will be liked by a much broader audience.
My last note is really on audio books as a whole. I like them but as a freakishly fast reader, the pace drove me bananas. This one is supposed to be just over 11 hrs but had I been reading it, I would have finished it in 4. Also, I’ve learned that I can’t listen to them in bed because like a small child, I am lulled to sleep. Not exactly a bad thing.