The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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Anne, around age 30, is a wealthy heiress married to Lord Richard Bullmer. Her family owned a famous car manufacturing company in Norway. She spent most of her childhood in Swiss boarding schools and speaks impeccable English. After traveling so much while young, she’s now rumored to be a recluse. Anne has been fighting breast cancer, and on the first night of the Aurora cruise, she is plainly ill, pale and wearing a headscarf. Anne is murdered by Richard later that night. However, the woman in Cabin 10/Carrie impersonates her, resulting in “Anne’s” appearance in the spa (chapter 16), in the Bullmers’ suite (chapter 19), at dinner, and in the hallway (chapter 21). After she’s trapped belowdecks, Lo briefly thinks that Anne and the girl from Cabin 10 are the same person, then figures out that the girl has been disguising herself as Anne, part of Richard’s plot to secure Anne’s fortune for himself. Anne’s body is recovered in the North Sea by Danish fishermen.

Anne Bullmer Quotes in The Woman in Cabin 10

The The Woman in Cabin 10 quotes below are all either spoken by Anne Bullmer or refer to Anne Bullmer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scout Press edition of The Woman in Cabin 10 published in 2016.
Chapter 21 Quotes

I was so busy thinking about Ben that as I rounded the corner near the upper-deck toilet, I almost tripped over Anne Bullmer. She was leaning back against the wall as if steeling herself for something, although whether to return to the party, or make her way back to her cabin, I wasn’t sure. She looked extremely tired, her face gray, the shadows around her eyes darker than ever […]

“I’m fine, I’m just very tired. Sometimes…” She swallowed, and her voice cracked for a moment, something in the cut-glass English accent slipping. “Sometimes it all just seems too much—d’you know what I mean? Such a performance.”

Page Number: 214
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Chapter 25 Quotes

It wasn’t just the blood she wiped away. When she came out, I froze. With that one simple act, I realized who she was.

In wiping away the blood she had wiped both her eyebrows clean off, leaving a smooth, skull-like forehead that was instantly, unbearably recognizable.

The woman in Cabin 10 was Anne Bullmer.

Page Number: 251
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Chapter 26 Quotes

While Richard was back in Lars’s cabin, establishing his alibi with an uninterrupted poker game, the woman in Cabin 10 had bundled the real Anne overboard and hoped that the body would never be found.

And they would have got away with it, if I—frightened and traumatized from the burglary—hadn’t heard the splash and jumped to a conclusion that was so wrong, it was almost completely right.

So who was she? […] I had no idea. But I knew one thing—she was my best hope of getting out of here alive.

Page Number: 259
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Chapter 27 Quotes

“Shut up!” She put her hands over her ears, shaking her head. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. Neither of us wanted to be in this situation!”

“Really? You think it’s coincidence he fell in love with someone who bears a startling resemblance to Anne? He planned this from the beginning. You’re just a means to an end […] All the money, without the controlling wife—I think he had that carrot waved in front of his nose by Anne’s illness […] And when the doctors gave her the all clear, he didn’t want to let go of it—is that right?”

Page Number: 263-264
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Chapter 32 Quotes

Somehow I would get off this boat, if not for me, then for Anne, and Carrie. No—Fuck it.

For me.

I was getting off this boat for me—because I had done nothing to deserve this apart from being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I was damned if Bullmer was going to add me to the list of women he had screwed over.

Page Number: 306
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Chapter 34 Quotes

With each step, I remembered Carrie’s frantic exhortations to get running and get out—her hysterical assertions about the reach of Richard’s influence.

It didn’t seem so hysterical now.

If only I had believed her—I should never have shown Anne’s ID at the hotel, or trusted Erik with even the few details I’d given him. But I just hadn’t quite believed that anyone, however wealthy, could have the kind of reach Carrie believed. Now I realized I was wrong. […]

What was I going to do? […] My best hope was finding a police station, but how? Where? And did I dare tell them the truth when I got there?

Page Number: 317
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Anne Bullmer Character Timeline in The Woman in Cabin 10

The timeline below shows where the character Anne Bullmer appears in The Woman in Cabin 10. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...she is, but highly accomplished and influential. He’s married to a beautiful young heiress named Anne Lyngstad Bullmer. Bullmer had had a privileged upbringing, but was orphaned and broke by the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...comes from his wife, heiress of the Lyngstad car manufacturing family. Lo is shocked by Anne Bullmer’s apparent illness. With her headscarf and grayish skin, she contrasts starkly with everyone else... (full context)
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...northern lights, “something that everyone should see before they die.” Bullmer then escorts a weary Anne back to their cabin, and Lo notices her sweet smile and her face’s “curious, skull-like... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...summons Bullmer for her in apology. Bullmer warns Cole not to take any photos of Anne, implying that she’s self-conscious about her illness. When he turns his attention to Lo, he... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Lo joins Tina and Chloe in the ship’s spa for scheduled treatments. To her surprise, Anne Bullmer arrives, too. She looks “less sallow, her face somehow slightly less drawn,” but she... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Lo was asleep. Ben points out that Eva wasn’t actually there the whole time; only Anne Bullmer had been there when he walked in. (full context)
Chapter 19
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...to the Nobel Suite for her prearranged meeting with Richard Bullmer. She is thrown when Anne Bullmer, with a tear-stained face, answers the door. Lo isn’t sure what to say, finding... (full context)
Chapter 21
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At dinner, Bullmer has been called away to deal with an emergency, but Anne is there, with a dark bruise on her collarbone, which she claims she got from... (full context)
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Lo is so distracted that she almost trips over Anne Bullmer as she rounds a corner. Anne, looking tired and gray, is leaning against the... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...the process, “leaving a smooth, skull-like forehead that was instantly, unbearably recognizable.” The woman is Anne Bullmer. (full context)
Chapter 26
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...had missed figuring out the identity of the girl from Cabin 10 earlier. She and Anne Bullmer have the same dark eyes and high cheekbones. The girl’s hair (a wig) and... (full context)
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...she’s stumbled upon and what will become of her. She realizes she needs to get “Anne” on her side, if she has any hope of getting out alive. (full context)
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...thinks about the two women, she can’t square what she knows about the wealthy, elegant Anne Bullmer with the girl in the Pink Floyd T-shirt. It’s as if there are two... (full context)
Chapter 27
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The next morning, the girl comes in with a breakfast tray, dressed as Anne. At first, she reacts fiercely when Lo reveals she’s figured out what she and Bullmer... (full context)
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...Lo seizes on this, pointing out that if it were true, Bullmer would have divorced Anne long ago—but then he’d have missed out on her fortune. More likely, Bullmer saw the... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...with food, Lo gets her talking again, but refrains from asking too many questions about Anne’s death at first—she wants to persuade Carrie that she isn’t a killer. Instead, she finds... (full context)
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...explains that she and Bullmer had carried on a secret affair until, one day, imitating Anne’s mannerisms and wearing one of her outfits, she went out with him in public. They... (full context)
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...cruise, Bullmer had come to Carrie in Cabin 10 and told her that he and Anne had had a fight about the affair; he’d pushed Anne, he claimed, and she hit... (full context)
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...holes in the story. It seems clear to her that Bullmer had never meant for Anne to leave the ship alive, and that Carrie is willfully blind to the truth. (full context)
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...his wife. At this, Carrie cracks. She says that at one point, the suitcase containing Anne’s body had opened, and she thought she’d seen Anne’s eyelids flutter. She screamed, but Anne’s... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...her off the boat. She’ll have to take Carrie’s passport and disguise and pass as Anne. Lo tries to convince her to come with her, but Carrie says she has a... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...is shocked by the dazzling light of the chandelier and by the convincing sight of “Anne” she glimpses in the glass. She forces herself to maintain a measured pace and fight... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...the bay. The hotel’s general manager approaches, wanting to know how she’s come to have Anne Bullmer’s credit cards; the Bullmers are personal friends of his. Lo asks him to phone... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...and comes across a news bulletin about Bullmer’s death, which jars her. She also spots Anne in the video footage and perceives something trapped in her expression, but also sees a... (full context)
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...dated about two months later, reports that one of the two recovered bodies belonged to Anne Bullmer. The other is Lord Bullmer’s, and it’s been determined that his gunshot wound was... (full context)