Cabin, The

Natasha Preston
There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and AwakeThey think they're invincible.They think they can do and say whatever they want.They think there are no consequences.They've left me no choice.It's time for them to pay for their sins.A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can't wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead-murdered.With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn't telling the truth. And Mackenzie's first mistake? Assuming the killing is over...

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Reviewed: 2018-01-25
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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