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

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I bought the kindle ebook of The Cabin at the End of the World (for 1.99 or so) last year thanks to @booksandlala and finally picked it up just in time for the spooky season.

I struggled with reading this one because of how graphically violent it was. I could not read it before bed at all XD. I think it could have done without some of the more graphic parts of the novel. But I still will be checking out more from Paul Tremblays work because I really liked his prose and his unique plots/events.

I would have rated the novel higher but the ending left me unsatisfied with the openness of it. It shocked you by how it just cut off before any big reveal or conclusion.

I recommend checking out this unique horror novel but be warned that it is quite graphic.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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