Date finished: Thursday 1st June 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 352

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “This was meant to be the perfect trip.

The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…”

I don’t generally read a whole lot of crime fiction. I don’t know why, because whenever I pick one up I always end up getting really into them and really enjoying them. This novel in particular was no exception.

I devoured it across a couple of days, reading it in little snatches here and there. The plot was fast paced all the way through and the little newspaper snippets that were peppered between every couple of chapters really helped keep you guessing as to the true identity of our mystery passenger and who she was.

As a whole, none of the characters were especially likeable, but I’ve said before not everyone in life is likeable. When you read a book and you’re still compelled to keep reading despite the fact that you like next to none of the characters it usually means the writing is good and the story is juicy enough that you want to keep reading to the end.

This novel had me second guessing myself all the way through, and with this particular genre that’s what you want. You don’t want it to be obvious from the start what is going to happen at the end; a good mystery keeps you thinking and wondering right up until the final chapters and the reveal.

I find crime novels to be the kind that once you’ve read them once you tend not to go back and reread them; all the mystery is gone when you know the outcome at the end. That said I’ve not read any other works by Ruth Ware before but based on this I’ll definitely go and check out some of her other books. If her writing was that good for this one hopefully it’s just as good across her previously published works.

My rating: 8/10