What a fantastic book.
Andrew and Eric are on a holiday at a cabin with their adopted daughter, Wen. Wen is playing outside when a man approaches her, the tallest man she’s ever seen. He tells her that none of what is about to happen is her fault. Wen then notices three more people behind the tall man, all carrying strange weapons.
The people barge their way into the cabin and tell Eric and Andrew that they must now choose to sacrifice one of the family in order to save the world from the coming apocalypse. Sure enough, the tall man turns on the TV just in time for them to see news reports of an earthquake and a tsunami. But had the earthquake already happened when they walked to the house, or this this really the apocalypse?
Paul Tremblay plays with this idea throughout the book as Eric and Andrew fight them, their ideas of what is going on and each other’s view of the world.
The Cabin at the End of the World is written in the style of a thriller, but managing to stay just this side of being horror. It’s bloody and heartbreaking but also beautiful and terrifying.
This is a book for fans of thriller-y horror novels, where the supernatural is implied more than outright shown, and for whom claustrophobia is not a thing.
Buy it here: Cabin at the End of the World