Title: The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: I bought it.
Summary (modified from Goodreads):
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…
I love a good mystery and The Cabin didn’t disappoint.
We follow a group of friends as they take a weekend away together towards the end of the summer. Their group is broken up as two of their friends died in an accident just months prior. Now, they were going to have to deal with deaths of two more friends. Except these friends were murdered and they’re all suspects.
The protagonist, Mackenzie, decides to lead her own investigation to clear her name as well as her friends’ names. However, the more she snoops, the more secrets she uncovers. And she wonders who she can really trust.
I enjoyed each of the characters, even if they got on my nerves sometimes. They were the typical high school stereotype with the underaged drinking and such. Overall, I did enjoy the relationship between each character. They all had distinct voices and personalities.
The novel was written well enough that I was constantly guessing who the culprit was. I kept changing my mind as Mackenzie dug up new information. I was pretty proud of myself, though. My first guess (but it wasn’t my final guess) ended up being the culprit.
Despite that, though, I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the ending. Everything was wrapped up neatly, but the motive for the murders wasn’t good enough to actually kill someone. Everything was revealed in the last two chapters which made it feel kind of rushed, especially because I wasn’t happy about the motive. There was one final twist at the end that I felt wasn’t needed at all which hindered the ending even more.
Overall, it was a great read with interesting characters and a fun “who dun it?” plot.
The Cabin by Natasha Preston gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“I’m not saying it’s right or the sane thing to do, but people use their own logic to justify all kinds of decisions.” –Natasha Preston, The Cabin