The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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Cole Lederer Character Analysis

Cole is a handsome, award-winning photographer in his forties. He flirts with Lo during the first night of the Aurora cruise. While Lo is telling Bullmer her suspicions about the woman in Cabin 10, he breaks a champagne glass and also knocks his camera into the hot tub, leading Lo to briefly suspect him of involvement in the girl’s death.
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Cole Lederer Character Timeline in The Woman in Cabin 10

The timeline below shows where the character Cole Lederer appears in The Woman in Cabin 10. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...a dollhouse replica. She looks around for the Pink Floyd girl, but is interrupted by Cole Lederer, the award-winning photographer. He offers her a drink, which Lo accepts, against her better... (full context)
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...Yet she can’t seem to make herself move. She takes another reckless drink of champagne. Cole Lederer flirts with her, but Lo deflects his attempts by joking about Tina. Cole replies... (full context)
Chapter 9
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After dinner, as Lo attempts to corner Bullmer, Cole abruptly takes a picture of her, and she stumbles against a sofa, spilling her coffee.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Lo goes to the lounge and finds Chloe and Cole eating lunch. She questions them about last night’s poker game and learns that Ben had... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Lo debates whether she should ask about the photo of the girl and risk Cole deleting the picture, if indeed he has something to hide. She ends up not saying... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Lo goes outside onto the cold, misty deck and finds Lars, Chloe, Bullmer, and Cole in an enormous Jacuzzi. Lo says she isn’t sure if now is the right time... (full context)
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...story where she saw that the blood had disappeared from the glass on the veranda, Cole breaks a champagne glass and cuts his hand. As Bullmer smoothly jumps into action to... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...about Lo’s plans to speak to the Trondheim police tomorrow, and Ben mentions that when Cole cut his hand on the champagne glass, he managed to knock his camera into the... (full context)
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Lo figures that someone must have taken advantage of the bustle surrounding Cole’s injury to intentionally destroy the camera, but she has no way of knowing who it... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...her parents at a young age and spending years in different parts of Europe. Then Cole joins their table, in pain from his injury and depressed over the loss of his... (full context)