Ruth Ware’s books have received a lot of attention and readers, so I was looking forward to reading this when it was picked as one of our books to read for our genre study at the library. Travel magazine journalist, Lo Blacklock, takes medicine for her anxiety which becomes even more pronounced after a break-in and then her relationship with her boyfriend moves to shaky ground. She then is assigned to cover the launch of a new luxury cruise ship cruising from the UK to Norway which she hopes will advance her career. She’s been enjoying the luxury cruise on this small ship which has only 10 cabins when she awakes one evening after hearing a scream. She gets up and sees a body being thrown overboard and blood on the veranda of Cabin 10, the one next to hers. When she reports what happened, she is told that everyone is accounted for and the person who books Cabin 10 never arrived, but she had met a lady in that cabin who loaned her some mascara. She can’t get anyone to listen to her and the staff in charge think it’s a reaction to her break-in and the drugs she’s been taking. She starts investigating on her own and finds some mysterious happenings, putting her in danger. This book is another one along the lines of Girl on the Train where drugs and alcohol could be messing with the protagonist’s memory/perception. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t find it to be as compelling as I had hoped and am a little surprised by all the fabulous reviews it received. If you enjoy psychological thrillers you might want to give this one a try. I do think, however, there are better ones out there.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy for an honest review.