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Book Review of The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10
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Travel Journalist Laura "Lo" Blacklock has been given the task of writing about a new luxury cruise ship called "The Aurora" and its voyage on the North Sea. One night Lo wakes from a sound sleep when she hears a noise coming from the next cabin. Then she hears a splash which she believes was a body being dumped overboard. Lo immediately calls the ship's security officer for help and explains what she heard. A search of Cabin 10 shows that it was not occupied, even though Lo talked to a woman in that cabin earlier in the night. When everyone on board is accounted for, the ship's crew and passengers dismiss Lo's claims. She is beginning to question herself when someone leaves her a message to "stop digging".

This psychological thriller started out slow. Lo was a weak heroine who I found irritating and somewhat unlikeable. She was constantly popping pills for her anxiety, then drinking too much. I'm not surprised that the crew didn't believe her claims. I was even questioning if the whole scenario was something she cooked up in her head and actually believed happened.

The mystery itself was a simple locked-room mystery. The passengers and crew are at sea on a small cruise ship. The internet is not working, so there is no communication with the mainland. I did figure out part of the mystery, but not all of it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Imogene Church who does a fantastic job with Lo. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

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