From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick, In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware's next compulsive page-turner
This was meant to be the perfect trip.
The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.
Except things don’t go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness...
At times this book reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel with a good plot and the element of solving a whodunnit. Unfortunately the book then got quite boring towards the middle - the plot seemed stretched out and the main character Lo began to annoy me. The amount she was drinking I am surprised she was even able to stand up and then she wondered why no one believed her.
I was most annoyed by her name Lo being short for Laura - it confused not only me but other passengers on board who she had to keep explaining the name to.
I started to wonder if I wanted to finish the book, when there began to be updates from the outside world - press releases of what was happening at the same time. This really began to feel like a good book again and I pressed on.
Eventually it became clear what was happening and I began to fear for Lo - how do you escape when you are out in the middle of the sea? The end of the book gripped me and I was eager to read to find out what would happen.
Maybe the ending was a little unrealistic- I don't know - I just wanted to finish the book and resolve "who was the woman in cabin 10".
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book for review.