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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I didn’t really want to do a review on this book, but here I am.

This book takes place on a luxury cruise liner sailing in Europe. The ship is constantly described as being miniature, which I totally get. What I loved best about this detail was the perspective of the MC, Laura aka Lo. She didn’t really care for it, despite being impressed. This hit home for me because in the Spring I went on luxury cruise in the Caribbean and despite how NICE and BEAUTIFUL everything was, I would never do it again.

But what really missed the mark for me, especially in the beginning was the MC’s treatment of her boyfriend, Judah. While their relationship isn’t explored in depth, I loath her for her treatment of Judah. It really turned me off to her, built this wall that I never overcame while I was reading the book. The second barrier I encountered was the opening act. The opening scene where Laura, the MC, is robbed in her house was the reason that Laura acted the way she acted the entire book. It was this solid thing she could point a finger at and say “this is why I am acting this way!” both as an miserable excuse, and a triumphant validation. I thought that I didn’t understand because I had never been in the position but last night something parallel happened to me and now I know that if I had read this today, rather than a few nights ago, I would have just rolled my eyes.

The plot development with something like this had a lot of standard elements you would expect to find, but there were some pleasant twists and turns. I won’t ruin them for you.

So back to characters- there are really only other characters that are developed at all upon the ship. Laura’s ex receives some development, but it is little, but I sort of held onto it because so many of the other characters were cardboard cutouts. Then there was the MYSTERY GIRL. I am so impressed with how MYSTERY GIRL is handled. She is by far my favorite part of the story.

So would I recommend it? Not especially, but I wouldn’t discourage you if you are interested. I keep telling myself, it’s me not the book. I was hoping for Tana French or Gillian Flynn but that’s not what I got and that’s not the author’s fault.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

From the beginning, this novel disturbed me. (In a good way.) This novel has three female narrrators, Rachel, Megan, and Anna. All three are there own special kind of falling apart but Rachel to me, feels like the main character.

Anna, is the new wife of Rachel’s ex husband. I have no tolerance for her. I hate her. She is stupid and smug. I don’t want to talk about her anymore.

Megan is the most complex of the three. Her story spans the largest time gap but isn’t told in a clarifying way. She is emotional, uninspired and broken.

Throw all of these narrators together and sooner or later one of them was bound to end up dead.

Rachel starts off by telling us all sorts of things about a sweet couple that she see from the window on the way to work. It is stalker level 9000 but at the same time, it rings false. I mean, what kind of doctor lives in a house abutting the train tracks? And she did make things up about that sweet couple but that didn’t mean Rachel wasn’t a creepy stalker because wow, she took it to a new level for me. She has spiraled out of control and hit bottom with losing her husband, drinking, her job, her home. “I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”

As for the storytelling, this book did not simply take you from one point to another. This is an unraveling, slowly picked apart. A scab, not completely healed. One moment, it is relieving to pick at the old skin in order to find the new skin peaking through. Then the next moment you are gushing blood wondering where you went wrong. That is exactly how it is for Rachel.

The plot is a path in a dark forest that constantly is twisting and turning, unfurling before you but you can’t really see where it is going. The crafting of this plot feels like it’s own dark and sinister character.

But it did have flaws. I cannot see Tom putting up with Rachel’s antics like he did, especially for so long. Though without that we wouldn’t have had a story. I also don’t see Scott’s fat shaming as believable for that social context. He spent the whole book trying to put on a performance of “great guy” to the people around him, it would have blown his cover. I also find the therapist’s character to be unbelievable. It feels like the author might not have known another way to get the audience much needed information. The actual need for a therapist was important but just not believable.

I highly recommend it. It is a great thriller and I don’t want to give too much away. So if I seem vaguer than usual that is why. 4.5 stars out of five.

And Tom got exactly what he deserved.