The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay
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.
Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake, with their closest neighbours more than two miles in either direction.
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 and friendly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologises and tells Wen, “None of what s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers 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.”
So 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 intertwined.
I have read and enjoyed, A Head Full Of Ghosts and Disappearance At Devil’s Rock, both by this author. So, I feel qualified enough to say, this novel is AMAZING, and the author is a GENIUS! This novel is a great mix of psychological thriller and horror. It is insanely intense from the beginning to the end, and I am not sure that I even breathed during the last 10%.
The novel opens with a little girl named Wen, sitting on the porch of an isolated cabin. Her parents Eric and Andrew have rented the cabin as the perfect escape from the reality of a busy life. The cabin is set within a picturesque location. However, it is two miles from the nearest property and has no cell phone service!!!!!
Which as a devout fan of the horror movie genre, instantly freaked me out!!!!
The family is seeking a break from the hassle of social media, busy schedules and relentless parenting duties. They just want some quiet time, by the lake, as a family.
Only they aren’t completely on their own. . . . .
The family’s background is explored, and we learn all about Wen’s adoption and the roles each father plays in their daughter’s life. I loved the concept of a thoroughly modern family and the diversity it finely brings to the genre. I think the author has done a fantastic job of creating the personalities of the individual family members.
They soon feel, like people you know.
As Wen sits on the porch collecting grasshoppers, innocently daydreaming her day away. A smiling man appears and wants to talk. Wen knows all about ‘strangers’ but his warm smile instantly disarms the little girl and she figures, it can’t hurt.
“Hi there . . . My name is Leonard”
Wen is an intelligent and determined little girl, she casually passes the time of day with the unusual man. Then the conversation suddenly changes, and others appear.
When the other people in the group arrive, Wen senses danger and she retreats to inside the cabin to warn her fathers.
The group consists of Leonard, Sabrina, Adriane and Redmond. They assemble on the porch and refuse to leave until they are heard. They warn the family of the impending ‘end of the world’ and tell them they have some tough decisions to make.
What does it all mean?
Who are the group?
Where did they come from?
Andrew and Eric begin the typical responses, they warn the people to leave, attempt to call for help and Andrew even claims to have a gun. But the group persists that they need to prevent the coming apocalypse, a sacrifice must be made!!!
The terror of the situation keeps you hooked to the page. I was desperately trying to fathom the motivation behind the group and guess what they had planned next for the young family.
Imagine having to bargain with insanity, for your life.
The sanctuary of the cabin quickly becomes a place of death and madness as the events unfold. Are the prophecies real? Or are the group just religious fanatics?
A fantastic novel, that I do not wish to spoil by sharing too many details.
Buy it! You won’t regret it! 5* Genius