Title: The Cabin In The Woods
Author: Sarah Alderson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: July 7th 2022
Publisher: Avon
Finished reading: June 16th 2022
Pages: 400

“I have gone from rags to riches and back to rags. Likely, it was inevitable: I was always living on borrowed time.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I do always love a thriller with a remote and isolated setting, so of course I was intrigued by The Cabin In The Woods as soon as I first heard about it. The blurb doesn’t give away much about the plot, but I think that this only benefits the development of the suspense and the impact of the plot twist reveals… And while there wasn’t as much of the cabin setting as I thought there would be and parts were a tad slow, as a whole The Cabin In The Woods turned out to be a more than satisfying psychological thriller.

 I’m going to keep this review short both to avoid spoilers and to enable those who haven’t read this story yet to jump in blind and have the same reading experience I had. Because The Cabin In The Woods ended up having so much more impact by not knowing exactly what the story would be about or what to expect! I most definitely didn’t see those reveals coming about the main character’s husband or how she ended up being in the situation she is in now, and between the plot twists and secrets you are kept plenty busy. Trigger warnings are in place though for topics such as addiction, drug abuse, child abuse, rape, mental health and grooming… This story packs a punch, and it’s without doubt on the darker side of psychological thriller.

As for the characters… I wasn’t sure what to make of the main character Rose to be honest. There were moments where I rooted for her and moments where I was mostly annoyed with her, and as a whole my reactions were a bit of a mixed bag. I do think her story is very well portrayed and the flashbacks to the past are cleverly placed for maximum impact of the plot twists. Some flashback chapters were a bit slow though… And certain elements could have been developed more. I never liked her husband Ryan, but then again he does play his part very well. The secondary characters were actually more interesting than Rose (Isabel and Gwen especially!), but they did lack more fleshing out.

As a whole The Cabin In The Woods turned out to be quite an intense and darker psychological thriller that reveals to be so much more than just a woman hiding in a remote cabin in a forest… Make sure to go in blind if you want to feel the full force of those plot twist reveals and secrets the different characters are hiding!


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