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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 20)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

In the spirit of trying to tackle the number of requests I have outstanding for review on NetGalley and because I really did love In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware I have picked The Woman In Cabin 10 for my Tuesday post this week.

The Woman in Cabin 10


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 Blackwood 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… NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Friday 18 September


The first inkling that something was wrong was waking in darkness to find the cat pawing at my face. I must have forgotten to shut the kitchen door last night. Punishment for coming home drunk.
‘Go away,’ I groaned. Delilah mewed and butted me with her head. I tried to bury my face in the pillow but she continued rubbing against my ear, and eventually I rolled over and heartlessly pushed her off the bed.
She thumped to the floor with an indignant little ‘meep’ and I pulled the duvet over my head. But even through the covers I could hear her scratching at the bottom of the door rattling it in its frame.
The door was closed.

Well that’s got off to a great start so I’m off to read the rest!

So what do you think? Would you keep reading?

Please leave your links, comments etc. in the envelope below


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

33 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 20)

  1. Mercifully the publishers didn’t go for the word girl in the title instead of woman – it’s tiresome seeing the authors etc ride that particular trend. This seems like a reasonable version of a locked room mystery. The one thing that would put me off is that the lead character is a journalist. Coming from that stable myself thiugh many years ago I seldom see that role or traded accurately/ authentically.


  2. I came across a review of this a few days ago and added it to the TBR pile… and I think that paragraph just bumped it up significantly!


  3. My answer to this would be yes even before I read the blurb or the opening because I loved her first book so much. I’ve heard good things about this too. I hope it lives up to expectations!


  4. This does sound really intriguing, Cleo! And I like the premise a lot. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I’ll be keen to know what you think.


  5. Nice pick, Cleo! I loved Ruth Ware’s first book – that glass house – still think about it. Anyway, I have a copy of this one and look forward to reading it soon. You know, I put my pile of books in order (figurative as many are on my Kindle) and then I almost never read them in that order. I’m such a mood reader. LOL


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