Readers are always looking for a thriller as intriguing as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.  A new book that comes close to these with plot twists is The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.  Lo Blacklock is employed by a travel magazine in England and has been feeling that she is going nowhere with her career.  Her supervisor is pregnant and not feeling that she can tolerate a cruise, so this is Lo’s big break.  The cruise will be the maiden voyage of a luxury yacht.  There are only ten cabins on the boat and everything is extremely luxurious.  The owner, who is a sort of Richard Branson figure, is on board, along with his wife who is recovering from chemotherapy.  Lo is a woman who has panic attacks and a bit of a drinking problem.  She hopes to excel with a feature article describing the cruise through Scandinavian waters.  She is having an experience far beyond an ordinary person’s financial means.  Her reputation follows her when she drinks a little too much on the first night and then insists that she thinks she saw a woman fall off the ship.  She is also positive that she saw a young woman in Cabin 10, although staff and other passengers insist that no one like that was on the boat.  The protagonist deals with her own personal demons as she must cope with very frightening situations.  See how soon you can figure out what may have happened and why.

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We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley is the haunting novel of a NYC woman’s search for a perfect life partner.  Catherine West leads an exquisite life.  She has money, beauty, a small business, and an active social life.  Her only problem is that at 43 she has not met a man who meets her exacting standards.  It seems that problem has been solved when she meets William Stockton.  He seems like the perfect partner, with a good job, good looks, and he is very attracted to her.  While      talking about their histories, they realize that they have a family connection.  When Catherine asks her mother what she remembers about William, she expects that her mother’s answer will be clouded by Alzheimer’s.  She is surprised by how vehemently her mother reacts to William’s name.  The only coherent reason for her dislike is that William broke a valuable vase when visiting with his parents.  Catherine certainly doesn’t see that as a good reason to break up a wonderful romance.  Trouble begins after their marriage.  When Catherine suddenly has no money, some very unexpected facts emerge about William.  The book is an absorbing look at the lives of wealthy New Yorkers and has a surprise twist at the end.


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