The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the WorldThe Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Published by HarperAudio on June 26th 2018
ISBN: 0062849581
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When I first started reading this book, I thought if the horror films “The Strangers” and “The Cabin in the woods” had a baby – it would be this book! Of course, there are major differences (and plots) but still….

A getaway to a cabin sounds like a perfect time away for Wen and her two dads. They are going to relax, she wants to catch some grasshoppers and they plan to enjoy the lake. But one day a man approaches Wen while she is busy catching her grasshoppers and tells her “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. and “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they must. We need your help to save the world.”

So, what would you do? Four strangers show up on your doorstep, telling you to let them inside. They won’t hurt you, but you must let them in. Do you? Do you believe their stories about the apocalypse? Sounds crazy right? Who are these people? Why should you believe them? Would you let them in?

To say that I thought this book was fantastic is an understatement. I loved the family. Wen is adorable and inquisitive. She wants to study grasshoppers, so she can save them if they get sick. She loves her Dads and has a wonderful home life with them. Andrew and Eric love Wen. They are affectionate and extremely likable. Tremblay has the reader caring so much for their characters that of course, we don’t want those four-people coming into their lives and into their cabins. Our feelings for them make this book more powerful. I was invested in what happened to them individually and as a family.

Tremblay sets the perfect mood for a home invasion book. The reader will care about this family. But wait! What about Leonard and his companions message? What is this save the world business? Why should the reader care about what the four-people invading this home have to say?

I would have given this book 5 stars had it not been for the ending. That is not to say that the ending is bad or goes off the rails, I just wanted more. I felt as if I was left hanging -but then again, I feel as if that is how the characters in the book felt. They were faced with uncertainty, so the reader was left with the same emotion.

I loved the tension in this book. I read most of it in one day. I had to keep turning the pages as I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters I cared about. I also wanted to know if what the home invaders said was going to occur would occur. Were they telling the truth? Is this all real? So many questions!

What does one call this book? Horror with a heart is what I will go with. I thought this book was very well-written. It evokes emotion and has a sense of dread and tension throughout.

Highly recommend.

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and William Morrow books in exchange for an honest review.