Book Review: The Cabin by Natasha Preston

28755320Title: The Cabin

Author: Natasha Preston

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 1 star

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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…

The Cabin was… Well, a dissapointment doesn’t even begin to cover it. This book is filled with nopes, no, not in a thousand years. We get situations like teenage drinking (which I’m okay with – here in Europe drinking beer is legal from age sixteen and up – but these teens drink randomly and for no reason. We also get random drugs, random just about everything.

And then we get murder. Random murder too, if you ask me, even when it’s all said and done. Long story short, a couple of friends head to a cabin, and drink so much they pass out, and next morning, two of them are dead. Turns out the others were drugged, and one of them is the killer. Then starts the MC’s quest to find out who killed her friends.

Mackenzie, our main character, is an impossible character to like. She has no personality. She’s stupid, clueless, and very whiny. The other characters don’t have real personalities either, except maybe Blake. The others might as well be talking cardboard figures.

The murder mystery is predictable and dull. The dialogue is cringe-worthy, and the writing is bland. It doesn’t sketch scenes, it doesn’t put the reader into the narrative. I almost stopped reading after chapter one because of how annoyed I was with the sloppy writing. I kept reading because it was an ARC, but if it had been a library book, I’m pretty sure I would’ve given up and just returned it.

The whole story is ridiculous. Dialogue, plot, not to mnetion the ending which is just plain hilarious because it’s too weird. Way too weird to be plausible.

Would I recommend this? No, not at all.

Comments

  1. I loved the book. It was very well written, I loved how there was history between the group that caused tension between everyone. It was a very suspenseful plot that kept me on my edge until the end. It was a brilliant idea to have one of the friends as a killer. When trying to figure it out it showed each of the friends had their own secrets to hide. I thought it gave more character to each person having these deep secrets. I thought the ending was brilliant! I loved this book. I’d give it a 5 star rating. I love the author and her other books were brilliant as well. She never disappoints.

  2. Could not have said it better myself. I wrote a very rant-y review about this book, and….AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH I hated it so much. I actually found this review because I wanted to see if other people had similar complaints.

  3. who is the killer? I’m reading it now but don’t want to finish it if I know who it is…

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