There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar and Awake.
When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it's clear there's a killer among them.
As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Three and a half stars: An exciting, fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing until the twisted, shocking finale.
Mackenzie and her friends are looking forward to a weekend away. Things have been strained between the six friends since tragedy struck last year. Mackenzie has promised to do her best to get along with her best friend Courtney's boyfriend, Josh. Things start off well with drinks and laughter, but then the next morning, the friends wake to find two of their own brutally murdered. When the police arrive, they determine that the killer must be amongst them since the doors were locked and there was no sign of forced entry. Now Mackenzie is forced to take a good, hard look at her friends. Who is the killer? Will Mackenzie unravel the mystery before it's too late?
What I Liked:
- I can't resist a suspenseful, fast paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and this book delivered with its captivating mystery, suspense and a shocking finale that you won't see coming. This is a great read for a rainy afternoon.
- I liked watching the tight group of friends discover that everyone was hiding big secrets from one another. Each one of Mackenzie's friends confides in her a shocking secret that might be a motive for murder, making it hard to figure out who done it. I enjoyed the mystery and the guessing, and even though I had the killer pegged early on, I was stunned the way it all played out. I would have never guessed the how and why.
- The ending is a head trip. Just when you think the dust has settled, things jump forward eighteen months, and then there is a shocking reveal that made my jaw drop. I would have never seen that one coming. Definitely worth reading for the finale.
And The Not So Much:
- First, this book is being marketed as a YA book. By no means is this a YA book. The characters are all graduated from high school headed into college, the youngest character being Mackenzie at 19, that qualifies this as a NA. Second, there is drinking, drug use, sex and murder. This is not a book suited for young teenager readers.
- The one thing that held this book back was that there wasn't enough development with the group of friends. Supposedly they are best friends, but you don't get history so it was hard to buy into this group of best friends since you don't feel that connection. The author should have taken more time to explain the relationships and provide more backstory so it would be more shocking when the tight friendships start to unravel.
- Mackenzie is an okay heroine, but I struggled with her naivety and that she failed to see the truth. I wanted a smarter more savvy heroine.
- The romance didn't really work for me. It was insta lust and then it develops. I just didn't feel it.
- This book relies on the old ploy of the local law enforcement being inept. So Mackenzie must step in and help solve the crime. I always have a hard time believing that the law can't solve the crime.
- Some of the red herrings were quite good and believable, while others were ridiculous and had no credibility.
- The ending was shocking, but I didn't like that it didn't all connect tightly. There was too much left unanswered. I wish the author had tightened up the plot lines and explained motives a bit better, I had a hard time buying the revelation at the end.
- The book ends with a cliffhanger type ending, yes the answers are there as far as the killer, but that ending was frustrating.
The Cabin was a fast paced thriller that kept me guessing up until the final page. I enjoyed the suspense and the mystery and the shocking secrets and revelations. I enjoyed the ending, but I was frustrated with a cliff hanger type finale and that not all of the motives tied in tight to the story and made sense. Still this was a fun read that kept me entertained. By no means is this a YA book, it is a NA mystery for older teens and adults. This is a good book to pick up on a rainy afternoon.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.