The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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Laura “Lo” Blacklock Character Analysis

Lo is a 32-year-old journalist living in the Harringay district of London. She’s spent the past decade in an entry-level job at travel magazine Velocity and jumps at the chance to cover the maiden voyage of a luxury yacht, the Aurora, when her boss, Rowan Lonsdale, is sick. Lo struggles with chronic anxiety, which is severely triggered by a break-in at her apartment at the beginning of the book. She’s dating Judah Lewis, but argues with him over their relationship status before embarking on the cruise. On the first evening of the cruise, Lo borrows mascara from the woman in Cabin 10, next door to her own. That night, Lo thinks she hears a body being thrown overboard and sees a streak of blood on the veranda next door. Though Johann Nilsson initially helps her canvass the ship’s staff for evidence of a missing woman, he ultimately dismisses Lo’s claims in light of her excessive drinking and use of antidepressants. Deciding the woman’s fate is more important than her career prospects, Lo doggedly persists in questioning fellow passengers despite a threatening message and uncertainty about whom she can trust. The next night, the girl in Cabin 10 knocks on Lo’s door and lures her belowdecks, where she traps and starves Lo for several days. Lo finally figures out that the girl has been impersonating Lord Richard Bullmer’s wife, Anne, who’d been murdered by Bullmer that first night. She manages to befriend the girl, and the girl helps Lo escape the Aurora. Lo flees to the Norwegian countryside, finally outrunning Bullmer’s reach. After the ordeal, she decides to go to New York with Judah and quit Velocity in favor of a new career in investigative journalism.

Laura “Lo” Blacklock Quotes in The Woman in Cabin 10

The The Woman in Cabin 10 quotes below are all either spoken by Laura “Lo” Blacklock or refer to Laura “Lo” Blacklock . 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 5 Quotes

It seemed impossible that everything mentioned in the brochure—library, sunroom, spa, sauna, cocktail lounge, and all the other things apparently indispensable to the Aurora’s pampered passengers—could fit into this miniature vessel. Its size, along with the perfection of its paintwork, gave it a curiously toylike quality, and as I stepped onto the narrow steel gangway I had a sudden disorienting image of the Aurora as a ship imprisoned in a bottle—tiny, perfect, isolated, and unreal—and of myself, shrinking down to match it with every step I took towards the boat. It was a strange feeling, as if I were looking down the wrong end of a telescope, and it gave me a dizzying sensation almost like vertigo.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Lord Richard Bullmer
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I knocked again, three sharp knocks, and then, as an afterthought, a final loud whack in case they were hard of hearing.

The door flew open, as if the occupant had been standing on the other side.

“What?” she demanded, almost before the door had opened. “Is everything okay?”

[…]

“I’m your neighbor,” I said. She was young and pretty with long dark hair, and she was wearing a ratty Pink Floyd T-shirt with holes, which somehow made me like her quite a lot.

Page Number: 54
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Chapter 8 Quotes

I felt an odd reluctance to go into details, not just because talking about it brought back unpleasant flashes of what had happened but also out of a kind of pride. I wanted to sit at this table as a professional, the smooth, capable journalist able to take on all comers. I didn’t relish the portrait of myself as a frightened victim, cowering in my own bedroom […] I should have just stayed in my room, head beneath the duvet, was the truth. Stupid Lo, sticking your neck out.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker)
Page Number: 73
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Chapter 12 Quotes

We were passing the crew’s cabins again, and as we passed the few open doors I glanced in, shocked afresh at the dinginess of the cramped quarters. I couldn’t imagine spending week after week, month after month, in the windowless confines […] [I]t was [not] the space itself that shocked but the contrast with the light, airy rooms above […] But it was the graphic illustration of the gap between the haves and have-nots that was upsetting, a modern upstairs-downstairs in action.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Johann Nilsson
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Page Number: 113
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Chapter 13 Quotes

…[T]he kind of publicity that an unexplained death would generate could sink the whole enterprise. Something like this could scupper the Aurora before she was even launched, and if that happened, everyone on board could lose their jobs, from the captain down to Iwona, the cleaner.

I knew that.

But I had heard something. Something that had made me start from my sleep with my heart pounding two hundred beats per minute, and my palms wet with sweat, and the conviction that somewhere very close by, another woman was in grave trouble. I knew what it was like to be that girl—to realize, in an instant, how incredibly fragile your hold on life could be, how paper-thin the walls of security really were.

Page Number: 122
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I looked at her through the haze of smoke. Office gossip was that she had made her way up the corporate ladder by treading on the backs of more young women than you could count, and then, once she was through the glass ceiling, pulling the ladder up behind her […] But somehow, I couldn’t quite square [Rowan’s] remarks with the woman standing in front of me. I knew at least one ex-colleague who said she owed Tina her career, and as I looked at her now, her heavily made-up eyes laughing at me, I thought about what it must have been like to be a female journalist in that generation, clawing your way up through the ranks of the old-boys’ network.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Tina West, Rowan Lonsdale
Page Number: 127
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Chapter 15 Quotes

Cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, psychotherapy—none of it really worked in the way that the pills did. Lissie says she finds the notion of chemically rebalancing your mood scary, she says it’s the idea of taking something that could alter how she really is. But I don’t see it that way; for me it’s like wearing makeup—not a disguise, but a way of making myself more how I really am, less raw. The best me I can be.

Page Number: 143
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Chapter 20 Quotes

If someone had been walking along the deck outside and had glanced in the window, they would never have known that I had just told him something that could deal a sucker punch to his business, and revealed the presence of a possible psychopath on board a small ship. As my story unfolded I was expecting echoes of Nilsson’s distress, or the clannish denial of the stewardesses, but although I watched Bullmer’s face carefully, I saw neither of those, no hint of accusation or censure […] With Bullmer, I couldn’t tell what he was feeling. Was he furious, or panicked, and simply hiding it well? Or was he really as cool and calm as he seemed?

Page Number: 194-195
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Chapter 21 Quotes

As I applied mascara borrowed from Chloe in the bathroom mirror, I found myself searching for the angry, idealistic girl who’d started her journalism course at uni fifteen years ago, thinking of the dreams I’d had of becoming an investigative reporter and changing the world. Instead, I had fallen into travel writing at Velocity […] And that was fine—I wasn’t ashamed of the writer I’d become; like most people, I’d taken work where I could find it and tried to do the best I could in that job. But how could I look that girl in the mirror in the eye, if I didn’t have the courage to get out there and investigate a story that was staring me in the face?

Page Number: 202
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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 30 Quotes

I didn’t think she was a killer, not by choice, anyway. And something had happened these last few days that had made her realize that. I thought of the long, nightmarish wait for her to come, the way the hours had ticked past so slowly for me, my hunger growing and growing inexorably. But now, for the first time, I thought that perhaps the hours had been as slow and torturous for her, too, and perhaps she, too, had come face-to-face with something she was not ready for. She must have imagined me down here, growing weaker and weaker, clawing at the door. Until at last her resolve broke and she ran down with a stolen plate of lukewarm food.

Page Number: 278
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I thought about it after she left—the stupidity of thanking a woman who was keeping you captive, buying your compliance by withholding food and drugs. Was I developing Stockholm syndrome?

Maybe. Although if I was, she had a considerably more advanced case than I did. Maybe that was closer to the truth—we weren’t captor and captive, but two animals in different compartments of the same cage. Hers was just slightly larger.

Page Number: 288
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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

The lights were not to the east but to the north. What I could see was not dawn but the eerie green and gold streaks of the northern lights.

The realization made me laugh—a bitter, mirthless choke that sounded shockingly loud in the still night air. What was it Richard had said? Everyone should see the northern lights before they died. Well, now I had. But it just didn’t seem that important anymore.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Lord Richard Bullmer
Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 317
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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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Chapter 37 Quotes

I thought of Carrie’s terror, of the bruises on her body, of her belief that she would never escape Richard. She had been right. Judah said nothing, and I could not see his expression in the dark, but I felt his silent disagreement.

“What,” I demanded, “you don’t believe me? You don’t think people can be sucked into doing something out of fear, or inability to see any other way out?”

“No, it’s not that,” Judah said slowly. “I believe that […] But you can’t tell me that you’d do that to another person, no matter how tough things seemed—lock them up like that, imprison them—no matter how scared you were.”

“I don’t know,” I said. I thought of Carrie, of how brave she had been, and how fragile. I thought of the masks she wore to hide the terror and loneliness inside.

Page Number: 333-334
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“I think I lost sight of what I wanted. I don’t want to end up like Tina and Alexander, traveling from country to country and only seeing five-star hotels and Michelin restaurants. Yes, Rowan’s been to half the luxury resorts in the Caribbean, but in return she spends her life reporting the stories that people like Bullmer want her to tell, and I don’t want that, not anymore. I want to write about the things people don’t want you to know. And if I’m going to start pulling my way up from the bottom again, well, I can freelance from anywhere.”

Page Number: 335
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Laura “Lo” Blacklock Character Timeline in The Woman in Cabin 10

The timeline below shows where the character Laura “Lo” Blacklock appears in The Woman in Cabin 10. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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On the early morning of Friday, September 18, Lo Blacklock wakes up to her cat, Delilah, pawing at her face—“punishment for coming home drunk,”... (full context)
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Lo briefly consoles herself with the thought that she just made a mistake, and that she... (full context)
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The burglar slams Lo’s bedroom door, cutting her cheek. Terrified, Lo braces herself against the door and listens to... (full context)
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Her bedroom window is covered with security bars, so Lo spends two hours forcing open the door latch with a nail file. It’s four a.m.,... (full context)
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After a locksmith replaces her door, Lo paces around her flat, feeling that her space has been violated. When a policeman knocks... (full context)
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After the policeman leaves, Lo realizes she hasn’t contacted the office of Velocity, where she works. She buys a cheap... (full context)
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Lo’s current job is menial, so the Aurora cruise is a big break for her. Her... (full context)
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That night, Lo notices how dark and damp her tiny apartment is and daydreams about getting away from... (full context)
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Spooked by Googled statistics on repeat burglaries, Lo tries to lull herself to sleep, but at 3:35 a.m. she’s pouring herself a stiff... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Walking through the London streets in her pajamas, Lo feels safer than she did in her apartment, because “out... (full context)
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After Lo and Judah get home from the emergency room, they’re in bed together, and Jude brings... (full context)
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On the train from London to the port city of Hull, Lo distracts herself with research. She learns that Aurora... (full context)
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Lo is caught off guard when greeted by a beaming stewardess, Camilla, who knows her name... (full context)
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Another steward, Josef, ushers Lo to Cabin 9. The heavily carpeted corridor gives Lo a vaguely claustrophobic feeling. Inside the... (full context)
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...email from Judah, dated Tuesday (two days later), expresses concern that he hasn’t heard from Lo since the night she embarked on the cruise. He reassures her that he loves her... (full context)
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Lo enjoys a fancy shower in her cabin and thinks about the “obscene” cost of the... (full context)
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Lo reassures herself that the slamming door was caused by the motion of the ship and... (full context)
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Lo gets ready for the first evening of the cruise, dressing in a ball gown. As... (full context)
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Lo asks if she can borrow some mascara, and the girl, flustered, gives her a tube... (full context)
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In the lounge, Lo is struck by yet another fancy chandelier and the miniaturized scale of the room, giving... (full context)
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Lo takes in the other passengers, including fellow journalists Tina West, Alexander Belhomme, and Archer Fenlan,... (full context)
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Lo sees Lord Bullmer and is amazed how young he looks. Ben mentions that most of... (full context)
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Lord Bullmer makes a speech welcoming everyone to the Aurora, using “that curiously classless tone that... (full context)
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Lo watches Ben “networking like a bastard” and thinks that this is why he’s advanced to... (full context)
Chapter 8
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During dinner, fellow passenger Chloe notices Lo’s bruise, and Lo feels uncomfortable talking about the burglary, wanting to appear “the smooth, capable... (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... (full context)
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By the time Lo stumbles back to her cabin that night, she’s very drunk. She knows she’s drinking partly... (full context)
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Chapter 10
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Lo immediately runs onto the veranda and looks into the ocean. She thinks she sees a... (full context)
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Lo calls her cabin stewardess, Karla, for help. As she waits, she notices that room service... (full context)
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Nilsson looks sympathetically at Lo, making her angry. He takes her next door, where they see that Cabin 10 is... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...another guest who withdrew from the trip at the last minute. He asks how much Lo had been drinking last night, and Lo angrily retorts that she hadn’t drunk enough to... (full context)
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After Nilsson leaves, Lo is too wired to sleep. She’s furious, but a nasty voice in the back of... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Lo sleeps after all, but she’s awakened by Johann Nilsson the next morning. Lo, feeling seasick,... (full context)
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...institutional cooking, reinforces the impression of difference between the upper and lower decks. Nilsson introduces Lo to some of the staff, and they speculate about the identity of the woman Lo... (full context)
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Lo can’t shake the feeling of “being hemmed in, trapped below” the ocean, but she pushes... (full context)
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Lo talks with spa therapist Eva and stewardess Ulla, but neither of them is the girl... (full context)
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After being startled so suddenly in the middle of the night, Lo is convinced that she heard something. What’s more, she knows “what it was like to... (full context)
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Lo briefly considers getting the borrowed mascara tube DNA-tested, then realizes how pointless that would be.... (full context)
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Trying to find her way back to her cabin, Lo wanders onto the deck and finds Tina there, smoking. Tina teases Lo about her hangover,... (full context)
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Lo is repulsed by Tina’s recommendation of alcohol and sex as the best remedy for a... (full context)
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Lo sizes up Tina, too, wondering if she could have been involved in the girl’s disappearance.... (full context)
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...a news article from the Harringay Echo, dated to the following Saturday, which reports that Lo is missing and has not been heard from since Tuesday. The article says that an... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Lo tries not to panic, realizing that someone who knows what she’s heard and claimed must... (full context)
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When Nilsson arrives, Lo explains about the missing mascara. Nilsson reaffirms that all the staff have been accounted for.... (full context)
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Lo reasons that she’s been “taking—and drinking on—those pills for years,” and that she has anxiety... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Thinking back on her childhood, Lo reflects that there’s no concrete reason for her to be dependent on antidepressants; she’d had... (full context)
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Lo sees taking pills as something similar to wearing makeup—“not a disguise, but a way of... (full context)
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Lo bangs on Ben’s cabin door and angrily asks him how he could have told Nilsson... (full context)
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Lo agrees with Ben that Nilsson’s reluctance to believe her makes sense, since crime taking place... (full context)
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Lo and Ben agree to meet after the scheduled morning activities so that they can question... (full context)
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Lo joins Tina and Chloe in the ship’s spa for scheduled treatments. To her surprise, Anne... (full context)
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As they walk down the hall, Tina makes a quick apology to Lo for having spoken so sharply to her earlier, but Lo still feels uncomfortable around her.... (full context)
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While she naps, Lo dreams about the girl from Cabin 10—her dead body drifting far beneath the ocean’s surface.... (full context)
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...the coast of Norway, and that it’s speculated to be the body of the missing Laura Blacklock . (full context)
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Lo goes to the lounge and finds Chloe and Cole eating lunch. She questions them about... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Lo debates whether she should ask about the photo of the girl and risk Cole deleting... (full context)
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Ben had been wanting to tell Lo that he saw a contact listed on Archer’s phone who looked a lot like the... (full context)
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As Lo and Ben reenter the ship to avoid Tina on the deck, Ben comments that he... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Lo goes to the Nobel Suite for her prearranged meeting with Richard Bullmer. She is thrown... (full context)
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Lo goes outside onto the cold, misty deck and finds Lars, Chloe, Bullmer, and Cole in... (full context)
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Chapter 20
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Within an hour, Lo “could see why Richard Bullmer had got to where he had in life.” He grills... (full context)
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Lo is a bit puzzled by Bullmer’s stoic reaction, unsure what he’s actually feeling. Finally, Bullmer... (full context)
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After Bullmer gives a sympathetic smile, Lo abruptly tells him about Nilsson’s reaction to her drinking and medication. Bullmer apologizes for the... (full context)
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Lo figures that someone must have taken advantage of the bustle surrounding Cole’s injury to intentionally... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Karla knocks on Lo’s cabin door to remind her about dinner. When Lo mentions that she’s going to the... (full context)
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...bruise on her collarbone, which she claims she got from tripping in the shower. Separately, Lo chats with Alexander about Anne. He explains that she’s something of a recluse, after losing... (full context)
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Lo halfheartedly networks during the dinner. Afterward, Ben offers to walk her back to her cabin,... (full context)
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Lo is so distracted that she almost trips over Anne Bullmer as she rounds a corner.... (full context)
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Ben reappears, hurt by Lo’s accusation and suggesting that she’s not looking at things rationally. Lo, furious, refuses to talk... (full context)
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...poster who identifies himself as Judah joins the discussion and angrily shuts down insinuations about Lo’s mental state, pointing out that it’s still a missing person case. (full context)
Chapter 22
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Lo wakes up trapped, in a small, stifling room. She thinks back on what’s happened. As... (full context)
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As the woman from Cabin 10 begins to walk down the corridor away from her, Lo runs out of her room in pursuit. Just as the girl disappears through the staff... (full context)
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When Lo returns to consciousness, she’s lying on a bunk in a locked, windowless room, with a... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Lo wakes up some time later, hearing the door click. Someone’s left a plate of food... (full context)
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Having no way of telling the time, Lo feels disoriented. She also notices a “weak shiveriness” in her limbs and is frightened to... (full context)
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Lo thinks back to her first panic attacks as a teenager. Around the time she started... (full context)
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Things seemed to improve during Lo’s university years, but after she graduated and started work at Velocity, things fell apart. She’d... (full context)
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Lo alternates between panicked thoughts and fitful sleep, unsure how much time is passing. She has... (full context)
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As she’d expected, Lo’s screams get no response. She wonders what she’s done—“I had made myself a target, by... (full context)
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Lo tries the light switch and realizes the electricity has been cut entirely. She feels increasingly... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Lo is next awakened by the lights flickering on and a tray of food being left... (full context)
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Lo spends most of that day fighting to keep herself awake. When the girl from Cabin... (full context)
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The girl from Cabin 10 says that “he” would never let her release Lo. Before asking any questions about that, Lo negotiates with the girl for access to her... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The girl from Cabin 10 comes back with food, one pill, and a book for Lo to read. In the mirror, she catches sight of blood on her face, left from... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Stunned, Lo wonders how she had missed figuring out the identity of the girl from Cabin 10... (full context)
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Lo realizes she must have stumbled on a prearranged code when she knocked on Cabin 10... (full context)
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As Lo thinks about the two women, she can’t square what she knows about the wealthy, elegant... (full context)
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Lo realizes that Bullmer and the girl almost got away with their scheme. If she hadn’t... (full context)
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...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 have been up to. When she asks... (full context)
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The girl insists that she and Bullmer are in love. Lo seizes on this, pointing out that if it were true, Bullmer would have divorced Anne... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Lo spends long hours alone in the room, fearing she’s failed in her quest to forge... (full context)
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Lo panics and begins to yell desperately and bang on the ceiling as she hears the... (full context)
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...on the following Tuesday, reports that photographs of clothes, including vintage boots that were unmistakably Lo’s, were shown to him by Scotland Yard for identification. (full context)
Chapter 29
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Lo spends seemingly ages waiting for the girl to reappear. It must be late Friday by... (full context)
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Lo asks the girl her name—it’s Carrie. Carrie gives Lo another pill. Because it’s the first... (full context)
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That night, Lo lies awake thinking over her conversation with Carrie and the need to secure Carrie’s help... (full context)
Chapter 30
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The next time Carrie appears with food, Lo gets her talking again, but refrains from asking too many questions about Anne’s death at... (full context)
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When Lo timidly touches Carrie’s knee, Carrie flinches, showing Lo “how frightened she was—how much of that... (full context)
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Listening to Carrie, Lo restrains herself from voicing objections to various holes in the story. It seems clear to... (full context)
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Lo tells Carrie that Bullmer is going to kill them both, but that Carrie is capable... (full context)
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Lo sees how guilt-stricken and afraid Carrie is and appeals to her conscience—Carrie doesn’t want another... (full context)
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Lo briefly wonders if she’s developing Stockholm syndrome, but she realizes that, in any case, Carrie... (full context)
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After Carrie leaves, Lo spends the day pondering her fate and Carrie’s. She’s sure that Bullmer only intended for... (full context)
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On Tuesday, September 29, the London Telegraph reports that a second body has been found in the search for Laura Blacklock. (full context)
Chapter 31
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Carrie tells Lo that they’ve got to get her off the boat. She’ll have to take Carrie’s passport... (full context)
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Lastly, to Lo’s horror, Carrie bashes her head against the side of the bunk, to make it look... (full context)
Chapter 32
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When she reaches the upper levels of the ship, Lo is shocked by the dazzling light of the chandelier and by the convincing sight of... (full context)
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Lo hides out of sight of the window, but in the reflection on the glass safety... (full context)
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Lo manages to pull herself up so she’s sitting astride the wall of glass, at least... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Lo desperately kicks herself free of the gripping ocean current; it’s so dark that she doesn’t... (full context)
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Despite shaking convulsively, Lo forces herself to swim toward the lights of the quay, fearing hypothermia—not to mention getting... (full context)
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Soon Lo finds herself under a blanket, holding a cup of coffee and sitting on a glassed-in... (full context)
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Lo is practically falling asleep when suddenly she hears the manager say “Richard.” She looks out... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Lo runs through the village and down the road along the fjord until she can’t run... (full context)
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As Lo continues walking, she thinks about Carrie’s warnings—which she’d dismissed as hysterical—about the reach of Bullmer’s... (full context)
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Just then, Lo is startled by a car rounding the bend. It’s coming fast, and she tumbles into... (full context)
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Hours later, Lo is stumbling through the Norwegian countryside. At last she sees a rickety shack with two... (full context)
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Lo is awakened by an elderly, bearded, and very surprised man who finds her in his... (full context)
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As Konrad drives Lo back to his house, she realizes just how far she’d run the other night. She... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Back in England, Lo reflects on how she finally reached safety. Judah had immediately called Scotland Yard upon hearing... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Lo and Judah have an emotional reunion back at Jude’s London flat. Jude gives her a... (full context)
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Lo flips channels and comes across a news bulletin about Bullmer’s death, which jars her. She... (full context)
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Later that night, Lo wakes up Judah with her crying. She says she can’t stop thinking about Carrie. Judah... (full context)
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Lo changes the subject to Judah’s job opportunity in New York—she thinks he should accept it.... (full context)
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Lo goes on to explain that she doesn’t want to end up like Tina, Alexander, and... (full context)
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Before they fall asleep, Lo puzzles over the fact that Judah had been asked to identify Lo’s clothes, not a... (full context)
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...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 not self-inflicted after all. A... (full context)
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A few days later, there’s an online banking live chat between Lo and a customer service representative. Forty thousand Swiss francs have been credited to Lo’s account... (full context)