The Woman in Cabin 10 is one of the three books I read while we were on our vacation. (Read about the first one here). It was fitting, since it takes place at sea. It is another “If you like Gone Girl,” or “If you like Girl on a Train” book. This was definitely a winner. I couldn’t put it down.
The book starts with the main character Lo’s apartment being burglarized while she is at home. She then becomes extremely paranoid and jumpy. She stops sleeping and is afraid to be in her own apartment. She works for a travel magazine, and soon after the burlgary leaves for a press trip on an exclusive, luxury cruise ship with a very limited amount of cabins sailing the North Sea. Her first night aboard the ship, she meets a mysterious guest staying in the cabin next to hers, who then never appears at dinner. But in the middle of the night, Lo wakes to a large splash and sees blood on the door of the cabin next door. But when she alerts the crew, no blood is found and the cabin next to hers is empty. And no one knows about the mysterious guest Lo met. So it is up to Lo to solve the mystery and help the woman she knows existed.
When I was in the middle of reading this book, I was telling my husband that unreliable narrators make the best narrators in psychological thrillers. My husband didn’t understand what I meant. What I mean is that for some reason or another, you can’t trust the narrator. Even if it is told in first person, you just can’t seem to trust them. My two best examples are Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. What is even better is when the narrator doesn’t even trust themselves, like in Girl on a Train. And I think one thing that makes The Woman in Cabin 10 so good is because the narrator, Lo, is a somewhat unreliable narrator.
If you like psychological thrillers, this is definitely one to read! I highly recommend it!