The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
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A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man’s potential for unbridled violence.
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“A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King

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 cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what’s going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world."

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.

 

About Paul Tremblay

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Paul Tremblay is also the author of the novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He is the author of the short speculative fiction collection Compositions for the Young and Old, and the novellas City Pier: Above and Below and The Harlequin and the Train. His short fiction has been nominated twice for the Bram Stoker award and won the Black Quill editor’s choice award. Stories have appeared at Weird Tales, Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three, and Best American Fantasy 3. He served as fiction editor of ChiZine and as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine, and is also the co-editor (with Sean Wallace) of the Fantasy, Bandersnatch, and Phantom anthologies. Paul is currently an advisor for the Shirley Jackson Awards. He still has no uvula, but plugs along, somehow.
 
Published June 26, 2018 by William Morrow. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 03 2018

A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man’s potential for unbridled violence.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jason Sheehan on Jul 04 2018

...I wish I could sit down with you over a couple beers and talk about The Cabin. Maybe it would let me sleep better. Because to discuss something like this is to defuse it a little. It takes a bit of the edge off when a collective gathers to say, No, it's okay.

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