ARC Review: The Cabin

The CabinThe Cabin by Natasha Preston
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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…

When a book with a promising synopsis disappoints you, it hurts. The Cabin was supposed to be this murder mystery but honestly even at the start, I could tell it was not going to be good. The dialogue was stilted, making me wonder how and why the teens are talking like characters in a poorly made slasher flick. Then the writing was pretty bad, too, and I was stuck reading this quasi-mystery romance (that I didn’t ask for but got nevertheless; nothing makes love bloom like the idea of imminent death) that wasn’t setting up a mystery as intended. There is no build up, too many red herrings (if you could call it that), too many cliches (anonymous texter much?) and too less of actual hunting for the killer.

The characters – well, they weren’t properly constructed either, just a bunch of cliches thrown together. The protag and her love interest were boring – she wants to see the best in this mysterious bad boy, and he is growing a heart. The police are incompetent (that one is expected for a mystery) and the lead detective idea of investigation is to seem eccentric but really just keeps accusing the suspects with “is that why you killed them”. Mid-way through, I ditched my interest and speed read towards the end. Speaking of that ending, adding a twist right at the end for sake of a cliffhanger – nope, doesn’t work if you haven’t put in the effort to build it. Overall, this book was disappointing.

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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