My Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre(s): Suspense; mystery
Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
- I had never heard of Ruth Ware, and this book 100% put her on my radar.
- I was confused for a good portion of this book, but in the best way.
- She was mentally ill, and I feel like that’s important in any scenario, but especially in a situation like this where no one believed her.
- I knew there was something up with that mysterious woman, but the twist shocked me.
- The part when she is below deck (no spoilers) was incredibly frustrating because I just wanted her to get out of there.
- I felt like the ending was almost too easy? But it really fit the grand scheme of things.
My Thoughts: I’ll admit, I finished this book nearly a year ago so the details are little fuzzy as I’m just now catching up on my reviews. But I’ll try.
Okay so this book was an insanely fast read. I’m not sure if it was the style or the story or both — but I flew through it. There was just the right amount of suspense, humor, reality, and intrigue to keep me turning pages even after I knew I should have gone to bed.
While I found myself frustrated during a few moments of this book (see above), I genuinely enjoyed it and plan to read more of Ruth Ware’s books soon.