Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

My featured book today is The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware, a taut and intense read—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.





Beginning:  In my dream, the girl was drifting, far, far below the crashing waves and the cries of the gulls in the cold, sunless depths of the North Sea.  Her laughing eyes were white and bloated with salt water; her pale skin was wrinkled; her clothes ripped by jagged rocks and disintegrating into rags.


56%:  I took a deep breath.  There was no alternative.  No one could divert the boat except Bullmer, and if I didn’t do this now, I might never get the chance.  Better to speak up, even with an audience, than risk…I pushed the thought away.


Synopsis:  In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, 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…


What do you think?  Does this one grab you?  Do you want to keep reading?



  1. I’m currently listening to this one. About an hour in and liking it very much so far. The narrator is good. My mystery group is reading Ruth Ware’s first book, IN A DARK DARK WOOD, for April. I enjoyed that one a lot too.

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  2. Greg Hill

    This one does grab me but I’m biased since I read it ha ha. Glad you’re enjoying it! I remember her dreams as well as those interludes where there news reports and getting really worried about her! Good read.

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  3. I saw this in the bookstore recently and the title alone kind of had me intrigued, but dared not touch it for fear of procurring it and adding it to my ever growing TBR list. Now after reading the beginning and the 56 there is a very good possibility I’ll purchase it along with Ware’s other work, In a Dark, Dark Wood, which I have been putting off buying. Thanks for sharing!

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