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Review: The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World
By Paul Tremblay
William Morrow, 9780062679109, June 2018, 288pp.

*No Spoilers*

The Short of It:

When I think “cabin” I usually think of tranquility, vacation, rest. I don’t think that anymore.

The Rest of It:

Whoa, Nelly. I originally requested a copy of this one because of this tweet:

King Tweet

I  mean, how can you not read it after such an endorsement? However, by the time I actually read it, mixed reviews began to pop up. In some cases I can see why, but for the most part, I agree with King’s assessment.

First off, the setting. Most of the story takes place in a small cabin in the woods. It’s remote and there is no cell service. But that is exactly what Wen and her two dads wanted. A little screen-free downtime.

What they didn’t want, were four strangers, dressed in plaid, overtaking their cabin with a twisted plot to save the world. The world that they believe is ending. Or, is it?

There was one part in this story where I almost completely lost it because I was thinking something was about to happen, but then it didn’t. I was so relieved.  But that lead-up! I was on edge and shaking my head from side-to-side because I did not want the story to go that way.

But then the story continued and I really didn’t know what to think. I could not figure out what was going to happen and that BUGGED me but it also had me flipping those pages.

The premise itself it terrifying. People, can be terrifying. Their beliefs, no matter how ridiculous can cause you serious anxiety, This book is like one big panic attack. My mind was all over the place. This was a good thing.

There is one plot point that made me super angry. When I read it, I put my Kindle down and was like, “Seriously?” I had to take a break after that because I could not see the story moving forward but it does.

The Cabin at the End of the World will have you questioning what you would do in a similar situation. How desperate do you have to be to do what’s needed?

If you focus on the plight of these characters, you’ll appreciate it but it’s the type of story that is left wide open for your own interpretation.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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Review: Bring Me Back

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Bring Me Back
By B.A. Paris
St. Martin’s Press, 9781250151339, June 2018, 304pp.

The Short of It:

Great start. Poor finish.

The Rest of It:

B.A. Paris wrote Behind Closed Doors which I thought was a pretty good read. Many of you read it and I think overall it was well received. Her next book, The Breakdown was also very popular with readers. What I cannot deny is that she writes tense, suspenseful page-turners and that was what I was in the mood for when I picked up her latest book Bring Me Back.

This story is all about Finn, Ellen and Ellen’s missing (presumed dead) sister Layla. It’s a love triangle with a lot of twists and turns. The last time Finn saw Layla, was at a rest-stop. After a lover’s quarrel, Finn steps out of the car to use the facilities and when he comes back Layla is gone with no leads, except for the little Russian nesting doll she left behind.

Years pass. Layla never shows up. During this time Finn falls in “like” with Ellen, Layla’s sister. As the two of them approach marriage, Finn does his best to push his feelings for Layla aside so that he can spend the rest of life with Ellen. But then, a little Russian nesting doll appears out of nowhere. What does this mean? Is Layla alive? Is she trying to communicate with him? Is someone holding her captive?

The set-up is good. I was pulled into the story, but very early on I figured out what happened and because of that realization, the rest was too much of a cat and mouse game and the ending was ultimately lackluster. Plus, I never want to hear about or see a Russian nesting doll again. It’s seriously overused.

I really DO enjoy these types of books. I am all about page-turners this summer but I need a solid plot. Give me that, and some decent characters and I’m good. This story was just too much of Finn running around trying to figure out what was, in my opinion, very obvious to begin with.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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