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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.


My review:  You know I can’t wait for this to be made into a movie (because eventually it will be.)   This book read like a very good suspense thriller movie and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Lo was very believable to me.  In the beginning of the book, I wasn’t quite sure what the hell was going on but the author developed this story with a slow burn that eventually it was full on boil that had you turning page after page.    Her development was believable she started very weak and developed into an outright strong chic and I dug it.

This was set on a cruise and if you have been on a cruise you know, you don’t really have anywhere to go until you make land.  What if you witnessed a murder?  what then… what if there was no evidence of that murder?  Creepy as hell even more creepy cause  you HAVE NO WHERE TO FREAKING GO.

Such a great book that I highly recommend you read if you haven’t already.

Blood Ran Cold (Karl Vollen #1) by Sten Ostberg

Summary: Karl and Marte Vollan live in an isolated farmhouse in rural Norway.

It seems like paradise until suddenly it becomes a living nightmare.

During the dead of winter Karl tries to drive heavily pregnant Marte to hospital. But before he can get his car out of the thick snow and off their land they are attacked by a hooded figure. The stranger is holding a hatchet … and it is covered in dark blood.

Karl desperately tries to get them both away, but their attacker overpowers them. He escorts them back to their home, locks the doors and cuts the phone lines.

Suddenly Karl realises knows who he is.

He knows he was committed to a mental institution.

He knows he has broken out of prison.

And he knows he is a convicted murderer.

But does the attacker recognise Karl? Does he realise Karl is a retired policeman?

As Marte’s labour pains get increasing worse, Karl becomes more and more desperate. There must be a way out.

Why has the attacker targeted their farmhouse?

Was it just a coincidence or is he here to kill them?

Karl will do anything to save the lives of Marte and their unborn child.

But how far will he have to go?

And how long will it be before blood runs cold …?

Blood Ran Cold is a Scandinavian psychological thriller from debut author Sten Ostberg.

‘Chilling and haunting with a twist I never saw coming …’ Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.

Sten Ostberg (is a journalist and author who lives with his wife and three children in Tromso, Norway. BLOOD RAN COLD is his first novel. He is currently working on his second thriller featuring Karl Vollan, CHILL THE BONES .

My Review:  I really love short stories that can keep you engaged and make you want more.   The characters were quickly developed in such a short time which was really fun.

Also the bad guy?  He was wicked and I really enjoyed the fear that was projected by the main characters.

The setting was Tromso and I am going to be honest a lot of authors use Tromso for a horror book settings and I am really debating if I ever want to go there.  I swear only crazy people live there.  (just kidding, but no really maybe stop using Tromso as a horror setting)

Such a great short read that I highly recommend if you only have a short amount of time to be entertained.