The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World

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"The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts gives a new 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780062679109
Characteristics: 272 pages


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SPL_Shauna Oct 10, 2018

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 20, 2018

This is a chilling end of the world style scenario like you've never seen it before. Not for the faint of heart. I very much enjoyed the beauty and brutality of the story.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 15, 2018

This mind blogging book is suspenseful, well written, amazingly imagined, thought provoking, gasp inducing excellence.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Nov 07, 2018

I wanted to like this book, but it was just a little too odd for my tastes. While I can appreciate a good apocalypse novel, this, sadly, is not one of them. Perhaps it is because I wanted it to end differently - I'm not sure.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 02, 2018

What a ride! If you're crippled with fear by the idea of home invasions, stay far away from this book. The suspense kept me hooked and I finished it in a few days, skimming through the gorier bits that had me squirming. Even if I hadn't read the synopsis, by the first chapter I was struck with the sense that something was just wrong.

As another reviewer mentioned, this is definitely a case of "bad things happening to good people." I liked the family, a gay couple with an adopted Chinese daughter. Wen is an awesome, believable child character, and I believed Eric and Andrew's relationship as well.

I have a lot of unanswered questions about the antagonists' motives, but I can't get into it without spoiling the ending.

gailbro Nov 01, 2018

While the idea of this could have been a great thriller, the lack of real depth left me unsatisfied with the book. Filled with violence and death, it isn't for the squeamish. If you like a plot that ties up every loose end, this might not be for you!

SPL_Shauna Oct 10, 2018

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Sep 24, 2018

A cult like story filled with violence and many busy flies. It's a bloody boring read.

Sep 12, 2018

I have enjoyed Paul Tremblay's other books and was excited to hear about this one. The idea of the plot is intriguing and the author demonstrates great skill when building the tension of the story. However I didn't feel as though there was much payoff. Discussing it afterwards, I could think of a handful of directions the plot could have gone which would have created a more satisfying ending.

Having said that, the bulk of the book is interesting and intense. The ending leaves more to be desired for me.

Sep 12, 2018

I have to agree with many other reviews about this one. I found that I was forcing myself through it because it was an interesting idea, but it really dragged on. There was almost an excessive amount of detail, to the point where sometimes I had to re-read paragraphs and the ideas that the author was trying to portray were lost on me.
I think there is definitely a lot of metaphorical meaning to this book, and it even (possibly?) tries to get the reader to think on a deeper level about the world.
This is my first time reading this author, and I will definitely give his others a try. Still, I don't think I could confidently recommend this book.

Aug 22, 2018

This book started off with an interesting situation and quickly spiraled into a mess. This is the third book by Tremblay I have read and I find him to be highly overrated as an author. I don't understand the reviews from people saying they were on the "edge of their seat" or "scared to death." Their threshold for horror must be real low.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 20, 2018

“No matter how bleak or dire, end-of-the-world scenarios appeal to us because we take meaning from the end... there's also undeniable allure to witnessing the beginning of the end and perishing alone with everyone and everything else.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 20, 2018

“Too many people have smiles that don’t mean what a smile is supposed to mean.”


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SPL_Shauna Oct 10, 2018

It’s spooky season! That means it’s time to devour the books that give us nightmares. And, boy, did I pick the right book for that job this year. Paul Tremblay’s *The Cabin at the End of the World* is possibly the scariest book I’ve read.

It opens with a family on vacation, deep in the idyllic woods at a rustic cabin. The woods are so deep that there is no cell reception. There are no neighbours. There is, however, a beautiful view of a lake from the mountain. It’s the perfect place to unwind, or so think Eric and Andrew, who have travelled there with their young daughter Wen.

While Eric and Andrew enjoy a drink on the back porch, a man approaches their daughter in the front yard. He is followed by three other people, all carrying homemade weapons. Their message for the family? Unless Eric, Andrew and Wen choose one of their family to be sacrificed, the apocalypse will begin, and all the world’s suffering will be their fault.

The plot marries end-times anxiety with the struggle we all share discerning the truth of things in our post-truth, conspiracy-rich media environment. It’s almost impossible to tell who’s right: The armed visitors contending that the world is ending, or Andrew’s assertion that they’re just four psychopaths capitalizing on a bad news cycle. Tremblay plays mercilessly on any shreds of religiosity or superstition residing in the reader to build tension between the narratives. Maybe more ruthlessly, Tremblay forces us to watch the action through the eyes of each character, meaning the reader at times has empathy for some of the visitors, too. The result is mind-bending, and impossible to put down. Also, a content warning: if you have a hard time reading about children in horrific situations, this may not be the book for you.

This book was so terrifying I had nightmares every night I picked it up, and tried to quit it twice. Both times, the spellbinding ambiguity of the clever, relentless plot sucked me back in. *The Cabin at the End of the World* is the perfect Halloween read for anyone who loves thrillers, tolerates gore, and isn’t currently at the cottage.

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