**SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**
A PASSENGER IS MISSING. BUT WAS SHE EVER ON BOARD AT ALL?
‘Prepare to read it in one sitting!’ Shari Lapena, bestselling author of Someone We Know
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.
Except things don't go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...
'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train' The Sun
'A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller' Stylist
'A tense, moody drama…brilliantly claustrophobic setting' Sunday Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you have imminent plans to travel via small luxury cruise ship, you should absolutely not pack Ruth Ware’s creepy second novel. Everyone else should grab a copy as quickly as possible and then batten down the hatches for a psychological thrill ride at sea. Ware—the author of the chilling bestseller In a Dark, Dark Wood—has come up with another clever, fast-paced plot that got our hearts pounding.
In Ware's underwhelming sophomore mystery (after 2015's In a Dark, Dark Wood), Laura "Lo" Blacklock thinks stepping in for her pregnant boss for a week-long jaunt on the new miniature cruise ship Aurora will give her a leg up at Velocity, the magazine where she's toiled for years. A break-in at her London flat days before her departure does little more than set up Lo as an easily startled protagonist. Everything on the Aurora is sparkly and decadent, from the chandeliers to the wealthy guests, most of whom are either fellow travel writers or investors brought on by owner Lord Richard Bullmer, but Lo is distracted from the scenery the ship is headed for a tour of the Norwegian fjords by her certainty that she heard the unmistakable sound of a body hitting the water from the adjacent cabin. No one, unsurprisingly, believes her, or buys her story of a mysterious woman she saw lurking on the ship hours earlier. Those expecting a Christie-style locked-room mystery at sea will be disappointed.