The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World

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Book - 2018
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The Cabin at the End of the World is 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062679109
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 05, 2020

Wow. I really liked this book. Can the world be saved by four people? Did they have a common delusion? Or is their story real? Can the death of one person who chooses to sacrifice their spouse prevent the apocalypse or is it insanity? Read this

Feb 03, 2020

I was looking for a horror story, but this book is slightly creepy at best. The description was good and the reviews looked promising - one called it a "horrifying, scary-as-hell tearjerker" and this book is not even close to being that. It's strange, and slightly creepy, but overall, I found it kind of dull. It isn't a page-turner, it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, and it seemed to follow generic horror book/movie formulas -- it even got fairly predictable.

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The beginning is scary, yes, but once you're into the scary situation it doesn't really get any worse. The middle is repetitive and full of bloodshed that mostly seems gratuitous. The ending is inconclusive (which I hate) and you never find out if what's happening is real or the delusions of some cultists with a lot of coincidence thrown in. There is one twist about 2/3 of the way through that I wasn't expecting, but while unfortunate for the character concerned, it doesn't really seem to add to the plot in any way.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 18, 2019

This horror novel features a remote location.

Sep 19, 2019

Wanted to really like this story but, I just couldn't. No attachment to any of the characters, the story seemed to drag on, it felt more like I was going to be hit over the head with social justice issues instead. I wanted it to be a book that I couldn't put down but, it ended up being one that I could barely read through another page without my mind wandering to something more interesting.

Apr 22, 2019

Raw emotion and frightening, but way too much gore and violence. Killers are psychotic. After finishing it, I decided it was so far removed from any possible situation in the real world.

ArapahoeLauren Apr 04, 2019

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. All I can say is, I was NOT expecting that...

Apr 02, 2019

Starts out with promise although it's a slow read. Story line drags on and on. Ending is bland.

Jan 29, 2019

Easy read and hard to put book down. Wasn't able to feel a connection with any of the characters but was interested in what was going to happen next. At times it seemed drawn out as the author spins the exact same situation from another characters viewpoint but that will happen when all 7 characters are introduced in the first 25-30 pages and nobody leaves the cabin.

Jan 16, 2019

SPOILER ALERT!!! I do tell the basic premise of the plot! Turn back if you want to discover it yourself!

The first scene is evocative and promising, and the adoptive family's dynamics are interesting. But the 200+ pages of people slow-motion bludgeoning each other to death as human sacrifices to save the world because God told them to? In my opinion, tedious, even as the family asks the eternal question, Is that God's plan, and if that's the kind of God there is, do we want to be a part of God's plan?

Jan 08, 2019

I really enjoyed how this book was written. I liked the characters, especially Wen--a very smart little girl. It was constant nerve wracking intense violent suspense for most of the story, but the end did not satisfy me at all. I knew it would end the way it did pretty much from the start, but I had to read this book anyway because it was so intense. Basically I liked it quite a bit until the unsatisfying end.

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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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Oct 01, 2018

Violence: Contains scenes of extremely graphic violence and gore.

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