The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Cabin at the End of the World

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 t...

Details The Cabin at the End of the World

TitleThe Cabin at the End of the World
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews The Cabin at the End of the World

  • karen
    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 beca...
  • 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 delusi...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    3.5 STARS"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 t...
  • 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?
  • Debra
    4.5 starsWhen 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 c...
  • 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 ...
  • Char
    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...
  • Carol
    DARK. VERY DARK. 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...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • 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 we...
  • Zoeytron
    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...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Review first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Scream Magazine!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 little bit while I explain why.Being a ferocious fan of horror, I’m regularly faced with genre stereotypes. For example, a friend was looking at ...
  • megs_bookrack
    **4.5-WTH DID I JUST READ-STARS**Well, this book launched me into the throes of a full-blown existential crisis.What is life? What is love? What are words? What does anything mean? Did I just read this? What did I just read? Is there anybody out there? Are you there God, it's me Meg?Wen and her Daddies, Andrew and Eric, head off on a family vacation to a little cabin in the woods of New Hampshire to unplug from the world for a while. The cutest l...
  • Carrie
    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, E...
  • 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 mo...
  • Tobin Elliott
    And I'm done. This book felt like it took forever to get through, but that was mostly due to all the goddamn padding of story that went nowhere.And speaking of stories that go nowhere, at no point did any of the four just stop, take five minutes, and explain what it was specifically that not only initially convinced them to risk their lives to come to this spot, but also why they believe what they believe. At no point did Tremblay provide any mot...
  • Beverly
    Wow! That was brilliant. I am overwhelmed. Paul Tremblay has left me trembling all over. The Cabin at the End of the World is a non-stop roller coaster ride of violent shocks that keep coming. Your worst fears are realized you are under the control of a malignant group of strangers who won't rest until you make a terrible decision--you must end the life of someone you love. You will do this (they say) for the greater good, to save the lives of bi...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    um. whAT THE FUCK WAS THAT??!!!WTF. I’m just— what the actually....*Glares intensifies at book sitting on the table*“GAH YOU’RE SO POINTLESS!!!” I scream. 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. How—What in the world was this mess. Too much repetition that tried hard to g...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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 op...
  • Peter Monn
    Sooo good. Not what I expected at all. A true thriller. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I typically write my reviews as soon as I'm done reading the book so my thoughts are fresh and I say exactly how I felt as I turned that last page. With this one, I'm glad I took the night to mull my thoughts over. Tremblay has outdone himself with this book. The blurb on the back cover sums it up perfectly: a "...gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse and survival..." You really don't need to know anything more than that before going i...
  • Gabby
    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, ...
  • Ron
    I like Tremblay for his ability to take a typical horror concept and create something atypical. Possession, a lost child mystery, an apocalypse. He has put a new spin on each of those. The same attribute sets The Cabin at the End of the World apart from its predecessors. If there's a problem for me, it came in the execution. The scope feels small. A microcosm within a big picture kind of story, with an ending that didn't say enough. Not a bad rea...
  • Tammy
    What can I say but that Paul Tremblay is brilliant! Full of dark suspense, paranoia and fear.. this story will definitely blow your mind!!! Crazy intense to the end (which left me wanting more), a solid 5 heart-stopping ☆ read for me. No second guessing to adding A Head Full of Ghosts to my tbr!
  • LeAnne
    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. (view spoiler)[The intitial section where a lumbering stranger befriends a little girl went on for so long that I was sure that the child was going to be abducted. Instead, we get ...
  • Justin
    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 ...
  • Mindi
    I received this ARC in a giveaway from the author.I'm going to hide any major spoilers in this review, but I am including a short synopsis, so if you want to go into this book knowing nothing you should stop right here.Seven-year-old Wen and her dads Eric and Andrew take a vacation to a remote cabin on a lake in New Hampshire. Wen is catching grasshoppers in the front yard when a large man approaches her and tries to befriend her. She's initially...
  • Schizanthus
    Trigger warnings for gory violence, home invasion, flashbacks and discussion of a homophobic hate crime, and scenes that may cause your blood pressure to rise.This is one of those books where you’re certain going into it that you know what you’re getting yourself into, but then you learn you had no idea. An isolated cabin in the woods inhabited by a family whose respite is interrupted by a group of strangers with possible mayhem in mind. That...
  • Kimberly
    4.5 Stars!THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD, by Paul Tremblay, is an intense, emotional novel of raw psychological horror. From the very first chapter, I was riveted and completely entranced by this novel. In terms of the storytelling, I honestly don't think there was anything that could have increased the nail-biting tension I felt during this read. Once begun, there was simply NO place that "felt" like a good stopping point. I was compelled to ...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 scare the wits out of you stars "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. A young child, Wen, is playing outside a isolated cabin when a man approaches her. She is drawn to him with his friendly smile and his way of...