Journalist uncovers mystery in ‘Cabin 10’
After a lavish welcome dinner, Lo is awakened by a scream from the room next door and the sound of what she believes is a body hitting the water. But the head of security investigates and shows Lo that the room is empty. He suggests that she’s had too much to drink (which might be true) and dismisses her claims. Adding to the confusion: All of the passengers and staff are accounted for. As the ship continues its journey through the North Sea, Lo becomes desperate to solve the mystery. But while she presses on to uncover what happened, someone is determined to stop her.
Ware shows that a classic plotline - one character claiming foul play while everyone else denies a victim ever existed - still works. The cruise ship provides a claustrophobic setting complete with secret hallways, stairwells and passages, adding a delightfully eerie nature to every scene. Lo is a refreshingly textured investigator with no secret detective skills or props at her disposal other than journalism experience. To top it off, her drinking habit will leave readers wondering whom they can trust.
The first chapter will grab your attention, force it against a wall and hold it there until the end. AP