I feel like every now and then I stumble upon a gem of a book that is so wonderful I can’t stop thinking about it and I feel like I have to tell everyone about it. In between those really amazing sometimes life-changing books, I read a lot of other good books. They don’t seem extra special to me, but I enjoy them and I would recommend them to others even though they’re not my favorites. Often there’s something I don’t like about a book but I can almost always find some good in it. Anyway, these carry me through my reading life until I stumble upon another gem. Or until I read something I just don’t like…a book that, for me, just doesn’t have anything good in it.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is one of those books for me. I just did not like it. I must admit, though, that I’m starting to think I’m not a big fan of “thrillers” in general. I read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris last fall and although I thought it was a much better book than The Woman in Cabin 10, it wasn’t a favorite of mine. Both books have fairly high ratings on Amazon and Goodreads, and The Woman in Cabin 10 came in 3rd place for best Mystery/Thriller in Goodreads’ recent 2016 Choice Awards. So clearly there are a lot of people who like this book.
That said, I can’t think of anything that I liked about it except the relief I felt when I reached the last page. Maybe I should have stopped reading halfway through, but it was a fairly quick read so I thought I’d see it through to the end.
From the very beginning of the story, nothing that happened seemed believable to me so I wasn’t drawn into it. I felt like an outsider looking in on something very ridiculous. The characters were not well developed in my opinion; I didn’t connect in any way to any of them and I didn’t like or feel sympathy for the main character, Lo. I also felt like there was too much emphasis on alcohol consumption and I tired of reading about how much she was drinking.
This just wasn’t a good reading experience for me. I’ve heard good things about Ware’s first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood and I’m willing to try reading that one, but it may be that I just don’t care for this author’s writing style. Looking on the bright side, I do believe that sometimes it’s really good to read something we don’t like. It makes us appreciate those gems even more. Happy reading!