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The Tale of the Unreliable Narrator
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
Lo Blackstock is the epitome of an unreliable narrator. She drinks too much, has low self-esteem and psychological issues, and has recently endured a very frightening experience. When she stands in for her boss on the maiden cruise of a newly outfitted luxury boat as a journalist for a travel magazine (supposedly her "big break"), she is woefully unprepared for what she is about to experience. Although she meets the young woman in the cabin next door on her first night, she is later told that that cabin (Cabin 10 of the title) is unoccupied. After she hears and sees strange things apparently going on next door, she tries to follow up on it, only to find no one believes her. She begins to wonder if she actually heard what she heard and saw what she saw.
Author Ruth Ware has told an intriguing story here and has handled her characters well, but I was a little put off by the narrator, whom I found less sympathetic than she needed to be... By the end of the story, I was not concerned about whether Lo would get out of her dilemma, because I didn't much like her. I kept reading to see how the author was going to resolve the mystery she had set in place, so it was more of an intellectual exercise than a sympathetic journey.
The book deserved four stars because it was well-plotted, held my interest generally, and had some interesting touches that added to the suspense, but the narrator was less compelling than I thought she should be, and that detracted from my overall impression.