The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Ruth Ware, author of, In A Dark, Dark Wood has delivered another thrilling page-turner in The Woman in Cabin 10. 

When Lo, Lauren, a travel writer, has been given the opportunity to take a specialty cruise in place of her boss, she jumps at the chance to prove herself in the hope of someday taking on more exotic locales to report on. But as she prepares to leave her home is invaded, setting off a chain of events that threaten her very life. 

Luxury. The Aurora is a small cruise ship about to set out on its maiden voyage. And with only ten luxurious cabin-suites, the guest list has only the top travel correspondents and the ship’s owners aboard alongside the staff and crew. 

When Lo sets out, still shaken by the home invasion, she is determined to boost her career and schmooze with the other guests. As she readies herself for her first night aboard, she meets the strange young woman in Cabin 10 who doesn’t seem to fit in with the guest list. 

Stranger yet, the woman doesn’t show up for the lavish reception and dinner that same evening. Putting the events of the last few days behind her, Lo has just a little too much to drink and during the night, awakes to what she thinks is a woman’s scream and the sound of something or someone being thrown overboard. 

Determined to find out what happened to the woman in cabin 10, Lo starts asking questions and soon finds herself in very deep waters. 

With a cast of characters straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, Ruth Ware crafts a mysterious thriller that will keep you on the edge. A fantastic read!

4 Blaring Foghorns!


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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapeña


Watch for this one on August 23, 2016! Forget The Girl on the Train. Toss out Gone Girl. The Couple Next Door is more thrilling and riveting than both!

Attending an evening with neighbours, Marco and Anne reluctantly leave their six-month old sleeping in her crib and take their baby monitor with them after the sitter cancels. Upset that neighbour, Cynthia, doesn’t want children present at the dinner party, Anne insists that they check on the baby every half hour. 

But when they return home, baby Cora has disappeared without a trace. And here begins Shari Lapeña’s expertly woven tale full of secrets, deception, and intrigue. It’s an absolute page turner. This thrilling book by Torontonian author Shari Lapeña will have you up all night just to find out what happened! And just when you think you have it figured out…the tale takes another wild turn…and then another… This one will not disappoint the most avid sleuth!

Clear your schedule and read it from start to glorious finish. 

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for the opportunity to read this one! 

5 Neighbourly Stars

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Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson


S.J. Watson’s follow-up to Before I Go To Sleep had some big shoes to fill and didn’t disappoint. But beware of comparing this to his first novel, this book stands alone and you should read it without bias.

Julia’s sister, Kate, has been murdered and the Parisian police, in Julia’s opinion, aren’t doing enough to find Kate’s killer. Julia decides to join the online community where Kate was meeting and hooking up with random men. Convinced that she will find the killer, married Julia delves deep into the world of cyber dating and cybersex. 

Julia’s character is perfectly flawed in so many ways and the cast of supporting characters in this book are all potential suspects. Watson has created an all too plausible world with this book such that it could be the headline of London’s The Daily Mail. 

 A solid 4.5 Cyber Stars!

Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


3 Stars

I’m not sure where to start on my review of this book. While Paula Hawkins is clearly a talented writer, the story just didn’t give me the thrills that it promised. I picked up The Girl on the Train before I’d read any reviews or heard any of the buzz. I picked it up solely for the title, the cover design and the blurb on the flap. I also liked that S. J. Watson called it ” Gripping, Entertaining – A Top-Notch Thriller and A Compulsive Read.” I loved Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep” and thought that this book would give me similar feels. Not the case. At. All.

Anyone who has ever taken the commuter train has done what The Girl does. We all look out the window and wonder, “Who lives there?”, “I wonder what that house looks like on the inside.” I had such great expectations for this book that maybe the reason for my utter disappointment. Hawkins’ characters are pathetic and they learn absolutely nothing from their experiences. And that’s okay. However, even after reaching the predictable outcome, I felt no sense of satisfaction having read it.

I should have waited and heeded the comparisons to “Gone Girl”. (I disliked that one with a passion) and bypassed this one.