Author: Ruth Ware
Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars
I really did enjoy this title, but like with The Lying Game, I felt it was really missing something. This is my last Ruth Ware book until she releases another title. There is something about her writing style that just pulls me in, but this just wasn’t a five star read for me. It just didn’t have that five star magic that I look for.
I really wanted to enjoy this plot. Don’t get me wrong, I did have a good time while reading it, but it really felt like I have read this story before, but with different characters. I don’t know if anyone else got that vibe, but I certainly did. It felt like Ruth was trying to force the words to come. I like the idea of being on a cruise ship with murders and not really knowing what is going on. Plus, I like that it is the northern part of the world. However, there was just something missing.
The characters were pretty decent, but they just weren’t as fleshed out nor as complex as I would have liked to see. I know this is her second book so she was probably still learning. We had a very large cast of characters in a small book and all were trying to vibe for their spot in the spotlight. If they had been fleshed out, the big reveal at the end would had been a bit more shocking. I mean, all of the focus was on just a couple of characters and their backstory.
Now, even though I did figure out who done it, I still enjoyed the journey of getting to that point. Ruth is an amazing writer and always manages to pull me in. I just had higher expectations for a book that had been turned into a movie.
Overall not a bad read, but just kind of a letdown compared to some of the others books I’ve read by this author.