I’m sharing mini reviews with you today for book 12 and book 13 of my 20 Books of Summer challenge. First up is The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and then read on for The Wave by Virginia Moffatt.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 her sleep problems might be driving her mad or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…
The Woman in Cabin 10 made me feel just as paranoid as the main character Lo Blackwood feels. There were plenty of questions I wanted the answers to. Was Lo seeing things? Did anything really happen? Then add in the biggest question, what the hell is going on? These questions kept buzzing around in my head the whole way through. I think the tension was kept pretty high throughout there were a few dips here and there but this didn’t bother me too much because I was invested in discovering the truth.
Lo is an interesting character although to be honest I’m not sure I fully connected with her. There is a standoffish aura to her personality that definitely helped to add even more mystery to the story. What I will say is that this made me question not only the events in this book but Lo herself!
The whole premise of being out at sea created an isolation factor and it helped to make the mystery even more menacing. Put it this way I was as determined as Lo was in her quest to discover the truth. After all you are stuck onboard with people that you really don’t know and you never know what secrets they could be keeping!
The Woman in Cabin 10 is a crazy, tension filled journey that kept me turning those pages!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tonight they’ll share their darkest secrets, but tomorrow, there is no escape…
Haunting, scarily real and brilliantly executed; the heart-stopping novel that everyone will be talking about in 2019
A devastating tsunami is heading towards the Cornish coast. With no early warning and limited means of escape, many people won’t get away in time.
While the terrifying reality of the news hits home, one young woman posts a message on Facebook, ‘With nowhere to run to, I’m heading to my favourite beach to watch the sunset, who wants to join me?’ A small group of people follow her lead and head towards the beach; each of them are harbouring their own stories ̶ and their own secrets.
As they come together in the dying light of the Cornish sunset, they will discover something much more powerful than they ever imagined. But there is no escaping the dawn… the wave is coming…
I’m not sure what I expected when I picked up this book and if I’m honest I think it definitely helped to go in with no expectations. I just sat back and let the story unfold! The Wave is a character driven story where we meet a group of strangers brought together as a tsunami is due to hit the Cornish coast. I found it easy to become involved in both the story and the characters especially seeing their back stories revealed bit by bit. It all helped to build up an emotional connection, one that continued the whole way through.
In The Wave you see ordinary people coming together in extraordinary circumstances along with finding out their reasons for being on this beach. The way the book is set out you get chapters with various points of view so you do get a rounded feel for everything. My only niggle is that you were sometimes shown the same event just from a different characters perspective. Which gave the story on occasion a repetitive feel, this was only a minor thing and to be fair at one point in the story it ended up working out really well. What I really appreciated was how different The Wave ended up being to anything that I had read recently which made it stand out just that little bit more.
The Wave is an emotive and engaging story!