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The Cabin at the End of the World

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  44,614 ratings  ·  6,909 reviews
The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King’s Misery, Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum’s cult hit The Girl Next Door.

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote ca
Audiobook, Unabridged/eAudiobook, 10 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by HarperAudio
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oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror 2018! what will happen?

what. the. fuck. was. that?

here’s the thing, ever since paul tremblay wrote A Head Full of Ghosts and slipped in a character named “karen brissette” whose voice sounded an awful lot like the inside of my own (ghostless) head, i’ve been pestering him with, “am i gonna be in the next book, huh?? huh?? huh?? am i??"

but i am so glad to not be in this one because YEESH.

i don’t even know how to review it.

it’s pretty te
Will Byrnes
When the end is near will you know it? Will signs appear to show it? And what sort of end will it be? Ice or fire? Conflagration? Land consumed by an angry sea? And what if there’s uncertainty? What if this is not the result of that, but just the way things are, under no one’s control to cause or prevent? And if there is no control, what is the role of those who speak on behalf of an unseen power? Do they suffer from confusion, perhaps delusion? Can we take them at their word? What if they insis ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(2.5) The book started great but it quickly fell flat. It probably would have made a better short story.
Don't recommend the audiobook as some characters sounded quite robotic and it took me out of the story.

Overall it left me wanting to find more books with a similar premise since it didn't give me what I want.

Any recommendation of books where you don't know who's crazy/telling the truth?
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.5-WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ-stars rounded up**

Good grief. Seriously. What in HELL did I just read!? Existential crisis, anyone?

What is life? What is love? What are words? What did I just read? Did I just read this? Is there anybody out there? Are you there God, it's me, Meg?

Wen and her Daddies, Andrew and Eric, head off on a cozy family vacation to a little cabin in the woods of New Hampshire.

The goal is to unplug and focus on family. As it happens, they are the cutest little family eve
Michael Hicks
The Cabin at the End of the World has a fantastic premise at its core, and if this story had been a novella or a 90-minute movie, I likely would have enjoyed it a whole lot more. Instead, Tremblay stuffs and stretches a simple yet awesome idea into a full-length novel that's both padded and repetitive to a frustrating degree.

Without spoiling things, The Cabin at the End of the World is a home invasion novel with apocalyptic overtones. Andrew and Eric, and their adopted Chinese daughter, Wen, are
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher

"Your dads won't let us in, Wen. But they have to. Tell them they have to. We are not here to hurt you. We need your help to save the world. Please."

I love that, when you pick up a Paul Tremblay novel, you never know exactly what you're getting yourself into until you finish the book. Each one of his novels are widely different in plot, but also wholly similar in their unsettling and deliciously compulsive nature. Each of his fans have their own personal favorite; for me, that's A Head
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I thought if the horror films "The Strangers" and "The Cabin in the woods" had a baby - it would be this book! Of course, there are major differences (and plots) but still....

A getaway to a cabin sounds like a perfect time away for Wen and her two dads. They are going to relax, she wants to catch some grasshoppers and they plan to enjoy the lake. But one day a man approaches Wen while she is busy catching her grasshoppers and tells her "None of wh
ELLIAS (elliasreads)


I’m just— what the actually....

*Glares intensifies at book sitting on the table*


OK. Great premise. I can understand the obscurity and redundancy of it— the ‘Unknown’. Writing was decent. Very engaging. But the pacing. THE PACING. Oh god, THE FUCKING PACING . I’m done.

D O N E.

What in the world was this mess. Too much repetition that tried hard to give these characters back stories but instead, fucking backfired in
Johann (jobis89)
"Too many people have smiles that don't mean what a smile is supposed to mean."

Eric and Andrew are staying in a remote cabin on a New Hampshire lake with their seven-year-old child, Wen, who is catching grasshoppers in the garden when a large man appears. He is friendly at first and is starting to win Wen over when he abruptly says, "None of what is going to happen is your fault." Three more strangers then appear in the driveway holding deadly weapons...

This has probably been my most disappointi
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD takes a look at an American family and asks what are you willing to do to protect them? But this book asks that question in an unique way- right before it rips your heart out and stomps all over it!

Eric and Andrew take their daughter Wen on vacation to a remote cabin located on a lake in the woods of New Hampshire. It's been deliberately chosen because it has no cell service, no internet, no nothing. They want to spend this time together, uninterrupted as a fami
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Aaaaaaah. Sigh. What are you doing, Paul?

While reading this book, I kept on hoping it would get better, but it didn't. It just went down into a spiral of uninteresting stuff. It just went down and down. And yes, *that* kind of ending, I mean, I hate it, it's my pet peeve. When a book has *that* kind of ending, I just want to

So, there's a family, two dads and one adopted daughter, spending a vacation in a cabin in the woods. A seemingly normal guy approaches the daughter, and even though she k
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever finish a book then realize you have absolutely no idea how to review it? Well, that is this book for me. I'm afraid of saying anything about the plot because of spoilers. I really think this is a book that is best to go into blind.

First and foremost Paul Tremblay gave us characters that you immediately care for. Eric, Andrew, and their adopted daughter Wen are such a breath of fresh air. They feel so real and their interactions with one another were so natural and fluid. That's how
Sadie Hartmann
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scream-mag
Review first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Scream Magazine!
UPDATE: July 2nd, 2019 Congratulations to Paul for winning the Locus Award and the Stoker Award for achievement in a novel.

So this book, The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay is going to be my new ‘go-to’ recommendation for any reader that still thinks horror is only “blood & guts and scary stuff”. But hang in there with me a li
Kayla Dawn
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was.. boring?

Lots of potential and an interesting idea but sadly a really lame execution.
Flat characters, sometimes unnecessary detailed descriptions and.. yeah well, loads of boringness.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Wow, this book was an absolute highlight of horror and suspense. What a modern horror classic! The book starts with a gay couple, Andrew and Eric and their adopted Chinese Girl named Wen. They are on vacation at a far-off area, living in a remote cabin. All of a sudden Leonard and three others turn up. From then on the quiet days at the cabin turn into an apocalyptic nightmare. What do the four strangers want from them? What is their talking about the end of the world about? The reference to a p ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Can see why Stephen King endorsed this gripping and horrifying tale....Yikes!

The creepy, unsettling start - - A sweet, but cautious seven-year-old Wen knows very well she shouldn't talk to strangers, but this BIG guy is so nice and is helping her catch grasshoppers after all so everything is copacetic until his repeated requests for her help become frightening.

Run to the cabin she does to warn daddy Eric and daddy Andrew. The cabin doors are bolted....the man as BIG as a bou

Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror
“Before you go inside to your dads, you have to listen to me. This is important…You are a beautiful person, inside and out. One of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, Wen. Your family is perfect and beautiful, too. Please know that. This isn’t about you. It’s about everyone…None of what’s going to happen is your fault. You haven’t done anything wrong, but the three of you will have to make some tough decisions. Terrible decisions, I’m afraid. I wish with all my broken heart you didn’t have ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
A little girl chasing and catching grasshoppers runs into a gentle giant who wants to be her friend, offering to help her catch more of the insects.  That seems okay to her at first, but then he starts bugging her to let him inside the cabin to talk with her dads, assuring her that none of what is going to happen will be her fault.               

I almost got a tension neck reading this with my shoulders all scrunched up like an old crone.  I'm not kidding.  I liked this author's A Head Full of G
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, 2020
I do not normally read books with a 3.29 rating on Goodreads. One of the very best things about Goodreads (aside from all of you!) is the crowdsourcing of ratings. I normally skip a book with a rating this low, assuming that it must have some serious flaws. But ... I have a book challenge category to read “an underrated book, a hidden gem,” and I decided to give this one a try, hoping I’d love it and get to count it as an underrated book.

The book has an interesting ‘home invasion meets the apoca
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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LeAnne: GeezerMom
This had an interesting, meaty premise that would have worked very well for a short story or novella. Unfortunately, the author stretched that premise so hard that it was more like the thinned skin of a balloon that really ought not to be filled with that much hot air.

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Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The Cabin At The End Of The World intrigued me because of how much it seems to have divided opinions. The mystery surrounding the plot really gripped me and made me almost want to race to the conclusion to find out exactly what was going on. I however don’t think the narrative will be for everybody. It is very dialogue heavy in a confined setting.

In terms of the plot, I think it is honestly best to go into this one as blind as possible. It revolves around a family of three - Eric and Andrew, who
I don't think I've ever had so much anxiety while reading a book before. I read this book late at night and it gave me so much anxiety I literally jumped all the smallest sound off i the distance. This is a horror/thriller novel about this family who gets attacked in their home. It follows a gay couple Eric and Andrew and their daughter Wen. I loved reading about a LGBT characters in a thriller, because they are so underrepresented in thrillers, and it's amazing to see it being normalized like t ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
This is a horror novel and explores what happens to a family when strangers forcefully visit the remote cabin where they are vacationing.

As you read the novel, you will go on a gripping journey with the family that has been invaded and will be asking yourself many questions, who are these strangers? What do they want? Should you believe what they say?

The novel is engaging and I found myself caring about the characters and their fates. The plot moved at a moderate pace and the author did a great
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay is a tale of horror that doesn’t involve things like ghosts or demons but uses tension and suspense to keep a reader on the edge just waiting to see what will happen. With the threat of an apocalypse and intense need to protect family the fear and anticipation was oozing from the pages.

The story begins with seven year old Wen out in front of the cabin that she is staying in with her two dads, Eric and Andrew, just doing what kids should do play
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, friends, I hate to say it, but Paul Tremblay is a one hit wonder.

I loved A Head Full of Ghosts. It was a fantastic new ghost story that felt fresh and gothic all at the same time. It was well-written, suspenseful, creepy...

His next book was a huge letdown for me. Suddenly, with Devil’s Rock, Tremblay thinks he is Charles Dickens and writes in a completely different tone. Nothing about that book really worked for me at all.

And now, here we are with a cabin somewhere off at the end of the
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full recommendation!!
As I begun to read I didn't know exactly what I was for in..
But honestly the story blew me nearly away, I mean I was totally unprepared for the events!!

A young gay couple with a little girl are enjoying a vacation in a remote and isolated cabin surrounded by woods!!
The story unfolds slowly, but the nerve-shattering crescendo gets louder and louder..

Coming out of the woods strangers armed with peculiar weapons surround the cabin..
This is how hell on earth is unbounded on this
Peter Monn
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sooo good. Not what I expected at all. A true thriller. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
Jessica Woodbury
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a book in one sitting every now and then when the book is short and the circumstances are just right. This book is not that short and the circumstances were not ideal but I could not stop reading it. So be careful when you start this book. If it is night time and you are in bed, when you finally finish it you're going to have a hard time getting to sleep even if you've stayed up to the wee hours.

Horror novels and thrillers should, in my opinion, mainly be exercises in creating feelings or
Jay Schutt
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, owned
Basically a home (cabin) invasion gone wrong. The plot of this story was either believable or unbelievable based on whose side you were on, but you had to read to the end of the book to find out. Bleh.
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Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Survivor Song, Growing Things, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly ...more

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