Title // The Cabin
Author // Natasha Preston
Pages // 336 pages
Publisher // Sourcebooks FIRE
Series // None
Release Date // September 2016
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There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar and Awake.
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…
If ever there was a murder mystery book that I adored, it would be this one. Natasha Preston has always been a favourite YA author for me, ever since her days of ‘Silence’ and ‘The Cellar’ on global book writing website Wattpad. But her latest work, The Cabin is truly something wonderful.
I took a deep breath, resisting the urge to jam the plastic stick into his eye.
All the regulars that read this blog will understand that when it comes to murder mystery, my heart is in the genre for good. I adore the books because for a little while I get to play detective and that makes me happy. What I adored about The Cabin was the originality of the story. A murder mystery is a fairly basic and cliche concept. Preston has put her charm on the genre and twisted it into the wonderful story that it is. Fair to say that the killer is who I expected, and there are reasonable twists towards the end that will leave you grappling for an extra chapter or a sequel. This is the beauty of Natasha Preston’s writing.
“The secrets you hide from yourself are always the most dangerous,” he murmured in a low voice, almost as if he were speaking to himself.
If you look at the character of Mackenzie, you find yourself looking at the average teenage girl in Britain. Like every teen, she wants to get drunk and forget about all the wrongdoing her ex-friend Josh has done. For everyone who has ever been stabbed in the back by a friend, you can relate to her thoughts and feelings throughout the novel. Mackenzie doesn’t sugar coat things but she also manages to see the good in people. Her loyalty is admirable, even if she gives it to those who are least deserving. Blake is your Mr Tall, Mysterious and Handsome. Everything that a girl is wanting to read about, he lays his cards down on the table. And he makes it blatantly clear that Mackenzie is something he wants. Describing him with an emoji – it would have to be the heart-eyed emoji for sure.
Had Josh told him? No, he couldn’t have. There was no reason to. Telling Blake wouldn’t fit his agenda.
The Cabin has a fast and fluid writing speed, much like most of Preston’s writing. She has pursued her regular flow, which in turn has helped her pull off the novel phenomenally. The story is never boring, and unlike some novels, you don’t find yourself skipping ahead of pages. The detail is easy to digest and you can easily keep track of the characters and the plot. It isn’t the shortest read, but it is worth the time and effort because you will adore the story no matter what.
It was the next four words that made my blood run cold, “Mackenzie, it was me.”
Concluding this review, there is little else I can suggest than actually purchasing a copy of the book. It’s beautiful cover will complement your shelves and the story is not one that you want to be missing. Natasha Preston is provably one for the most underrated authors yet, but her work is worthy of any YA award. Therefore, The Cabin earns a hearty 5 out of 5 and a pre-order hit on my Amazon page.