Review: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

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The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King’s Misery, Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum’s cult hit The Girl Next Door.

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what’s going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world."

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.


Cabin at the End of the World was such a great read. It is odd as it is written in a way that I normally don't enjoy, but I couldn't put it down. Normally I don't like the detached, just watching the story happen like this one was written, but from the very first pages I was sucked in and it was more intense and exciting than I expected. Normally I enjoy experiencing the story with the characters, but this story worked even without that. 

Cabin at the End of the World is a home invasion horror/thriller story, but not like any I have seen before. What is going on, what the home invaders want and what they end up doing? Oh my gosh I loved it. It was not what I expected at all. Every step of the way I was wondering what would happen next. I also couldn't stop wondering what would have happened had x happened, or person y would have done this instead or whatever. I loved how we only know as much as the family knows even if that leaves me with questions about the people who come. I loved the surprises, the twists and turns that this story takes you on. It was a fantastic ride, tenser than I ever expected, and I didn't want it to end. I don't want to say too much and ruin the experience for anyone else because it was a fantastic read. If you are into horror or thrillers then you should read this book. It is one of those books that when I got to the end I had a huge smile on my face and I immediately told everyone I knew they should go read it. Because it was fun. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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