The Woman in Cabin 10 tells the story of Lo, a journalist, who has been given the opportunity to sail on the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship for a story. Several days before departure her house is broken in to while she’s sleeping, and she comes face to face with the burglar, who took her purse with many of her personal items, makeup, phone, etc., and hit her in the face with the door before leaving. Lo takes anxiety pills for panic attacks and this incident really shook her up. She also has a drinking problem. All that combined makes for little to no sleep and a ton of anxiety.
Fast forward to the ship. This cruise is luxurious. As Lo is getting ready in her fancy gown, she realizes she forgot to buy new mascara as her other one was in her purse that got stolen. She goes next door to cabin 10, bangs on the door, and is abruptly met with a young, pretty, dark haired woman who hastily gives her mascara and insists Lo doesn’t return it. (First off, ew! You’re borrowing mascara from a stranger on a ship?!) The ship, while luxurious, is still small, and Lo finds herself panicking and drinking too much. There’s several other journalists, photographers, the owner of the ship and his cancer-stricken wife on board. An ex-boyfriend, also a journalist, is on the ship, and Lo finds herself accosted by Ben on her way back to her room. Sometime after they make amends, Lo has finally fallen asleep only to be awakened by a splash right next door in cabin 10! She looks out the veranda and sees a woman’s hand in the water and blood on the glass door of 10….. yet she’s told room 10 has been empty, as the guest suddenly had to cancel…did she drink one too many the night before? Was lack of sleep causing her to imagine things? But Lo know’s what she saw and heard and she will not stop digging for the sake of the woman she knows exists.
With an unreliable narrator who has to take pills, has sleeping issues and a drinking problem, I thought I had the story figured out but I was all wrong. This was a super fast read that totally caught me off guard and I loved it! It really messes with your mind. Highly recommend for thriller lovers!