The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World

by Paul Tremblay

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BEST BOOK OF 2018 (Library Journal, NPR, Buzzfeed)



“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

“A clinic in suspense, a story that opens with high-wire tension and never lets up from there.”  — Michael Koryta

"I tore through it in record time. I just couldn’t wait to see where Tremblay was going to take me next.”  — Victor LaValle

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 in northern New Hampshire. Far removed from the bustle of city life, they are cut off from the urgent hum of cell phones and the internet. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles away in either direction.

On a summer day, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen, but he is friendly, with a warm smile that wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen continue to talk and play, until three more strangers, two women and a man, all dressed like Leonard in jeans and button-down shirts, come down the road carrying strange, menacing objects.

In a panic, Wen tells Leonard that she must go back inside the cabin. But before she goes, her new friend tells her, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault. You haven’t done anything wrong, but the three of you will have to make some tough decisions. I wish with all my broken heart you didn’t have to.” As Wen sprints away 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.”

“[A] tripwire-taut horror thriller.”
   —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Cabin at the End of the World...will shape your nightmares for months…there’s a very, very good chance you’ll never get it out of your head again.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538550342
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,054,228
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.

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The Cabin at the End of the World 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time and $13. Only 209 pages with bad ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tension builds quickly from nothing and never lets up. This book is terrifying and heart wrenching and I loved every minute of it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line but I think more could have been done with it to make it better. The ending just drops you mid sentence pretty much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out good, disappointed in ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont spend your money no comparidon to Stephen King
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So suspenseful and heart pounding.
357800 More than 1 year ago
Dark. Very Dark. Can see why Stephen King endorsed this gripping and horrifying tale........Yikes! Creepy, unsettling start - - A sweet, but cautious little 7 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 begin to frighten her. Run to the cabin she does to warn daddy Eric and daddy Andrew. The cabin doors are bolted....the man as BIG as a boulder....and his scary entourage appear, and the relaxing week at the lake turns threatening and deadly. The menacing visitors....with their ominous tools insist they must be allowed in....just to explain why they have come to this remote them. Time is of the essence to prevent the worst....the annihilation of humanity. No doubt about it, THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a horrific tale, one of sacrifice and survival, and for me so much better than A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS. Add to your October reads....if think you can handle a few hours of suspenseful horror and evil-doing....time is running out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard tonput down very suspenseful
JulieB 7 months ago
Really strange...and not in a good way! This was one of those books that reviewers seemed to love or hate. The description grabbed my attention by mentioning Stephen King’s comparison!! It started ok. Then it began dragging on and on...and it’s not a long book. It felt like some adolescent boys had a sleepover, got into their parent’s liquor cabinet and started brainstorming. They threw most of it together while they were drunk. Maybe there was more than liquor in there, because I never figured out the significance of the grasshoppers?? I think they might have thrown in some finishing touches while they were hungover and they forgot where they were headed. Nothing made much sense, and they were sidetracked easily. This was an audiobook me and my husband listened to, and we both agreed that it was bizarre. Sad to say, this was my first book by this author and it will be most likely be my last. It received some great reviews. Did I miss something? Maybe it was way over my head...or it goes better with alcohol! I don’t recommend it. My Rating: 2 ⭐️’s Published: June 26th 2018 by HarperAudio Recommend: No.
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...but wanted more.
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Excellent read
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Wen almost immediately as she ran across the front lawn, chasing grasshoppers. As this 8-year-old caught the smallest ones, she would place them in her jar, naming each one as she planned on studying them later. As a tall stranger walked up on the lawn, she hesitated on what to do, as she knew about stranger danger. This man proceeded to talk to her and Wen felt that he didn’t appear to be dangerous. Collecting grasshoppers with her, Wen again felt that he was too friendly to be a bad guy and she continued talking to him. I don’t think it would have mattered when Wen notified her dads about the stranger, as they already had their agenda planned out. I enjoyed the beginning of this novel, I liked how the stranger and his accomplices showed up on the property unannounced and began their assault. They had no explanation for their initial raid, they went with the hammering and the pounding of their voices to shake up the family. Yielding handmade weapons, the foursome promised them that they were not there to hurt them, they were only there to make sure that the family saved mankind from disaster. How a family of three could save mankind intrigued me and how these four strangers carrying weapons, could convince them to save the world was beyond me. When they told the family the whole story of why they were there, I knew it was now a question of time. Who would really walk away from this situation? I knew not everyone would make it out alive. As events heated up, I found the sentence structure confusing at times. I found myself not enjoying this section of the novel as I had to slow down my pace as I read. It was a shame as I was enjoying the novel thus far. This section of the novel was where there was a lot of the action in the book, but I found some sentences that were extremely long and it was how the author was describing what was taking place, that felt off to me. I thought the premise of the novel was good and I’m glad that I read it. I wasn’t too happy with the ending, but I don’t know what ending I was hoping for. I thought this ending seemed cheesy for how tense and dramatic the novel was. 3.5 stars
Bonnie Franks More than 1 year ago
I won this book on Goodreads and I am grateful. If this were to be a one-word review, I would be stuck between Wow! and Awesome! This is the first Paul Tremblay book I have read, and it will not be the last. The writing is flawless. I do not say that about many authors (no offense authors) but there are certain writers that you just know have the knack to begin with and the talent to pull it off effortlessly. It's a feel. The subject matter of this book is both horrifying and current on many levels. It covers so many bases in such an emotional way that it is difficult to be explicit here without giving too much away. I can tell you that you will be hooked and locked in by the end of the first page. You will sometimes have to close the book for a moment to ponder. You won't be able to keep it closed long enough to accurately ponder. You will have to read on. It is emotional, intense, and wonderful. I would consider it a must read. Incidentally, when you are done reading it, you will not be done with it. It will stay with you for awhile.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, a novel comes along that surpasses your expectations and defies explanation. Such is the case with Paul Tremblay's latest book The Cabin at the End of the World. I really enjoyed A Head Full of Ghosts when I read it last year, but this novel sees Tremblay take his storytelling to new heights. Even the master of horror himself, Stephen King has called the book "Terrifying". If you manage to scare Stephen King, you've got to be doing something right! To provide a full summary of this story would be a disservice to anyone planning to read it. Like most great horror, the books hinges upon a pretty simple setup. It starts innocently enough. Young Wen and her fathers plan to celebrate some family time at a cabin in the woods, away from distractions and the rest of the world. Little do they know that the rest of the world will soon be invading their little getaway. As husbands Andrew and Eric enjoy some quiet time on the back deck of the cabin, their adopted daughter Wen is capturing grasshoppers in the front yard. She carefully catalogs each of her finds, giving each insect a name. Wen is surprised to look up and see a lone man walking down the road to the cabin. She doesn't remember seeing any other houses on the drive into the woods, so she's not really sure where he could be coming from. First, she thinks about alerting her dads to this strange figure but then thinks better of it. She doesn't want to disturb their relaxing vacation. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterfully relentless novel of horror and suspense. Tremblay lures the reader in with an ever-growing sense of dread and terror. At times, I was so horrified by what I was reading, I had to pause. Despite my fear, I couldn't stay away for too long. I had to see this story through. Tremblay smartly presents the events as they unfold with little suggestion as to why these things are happening or how they came to be. This only adds to the suspense. Beyond being a solid thriller, The Cabin at the End of the World features well-drawn characters that helped keep me thoroughly invested into the story, even when I didn't understand everything that was happening. Tremblay writes of a gay couple who are refreshingly normal. They face universal challenges with parenting, religion, and trauma that all readers will be able to relate to. Frankly, in 2018 it is surprising that there aren't more diverse characters in the genre. Hopefully, the success of Tremblay's novel will help fuel a shift in representation within horror and thrillers. Through a mix of old-school horror, believable characters, and non-stop suspense, Paul Tremblay's The Cabin at the End of the World ends up being a remarkably effective thriller that makes for the perfect summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just plain AWFUL
Davids3 More than 1 year ago
Pure junk don,t bother. Very wordy and goes nowhere.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
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’s been done before, right? I’ve seen the movies. What if the strangers tell the family that the choices they make in that cabin have the power to press pause on the apocalypse or set it in motion?! Now you’re talking! In this book you’ll learn who the family are as individuals and how their family dynamics work both before and during the invasion. Invited inside their heads, you’ll hear their thoughts as their lives are turned upside down and you’ll be given access to some of their most treasured and painful memories. This is a loving and loveable family consisting of two doting dads and their adorable adopted daughter. I loved them all. It would have been so much easier if just one of them were the slightest bit irritating … but they’re not. So, what about the invaders? Sorry, but all things considered I liked them too. I tried my hardest to demonise them but failed miserably. Whether you believe what they say or not, I believed that they believed it. From that perspective, scary as it sounds, it made sense to me where they were coming from. Much like our gorgeous couple, I went back and forth between not believing the people who had disrupted their peaceful lives and wondering if maybe they were actually telling the truth. This is not a casual read and if you’re going through a stressful time in your life you may want to put this book on hold until your stress event has faded somewhat. It’s a testament to Paul Tremblay that his writing stressed me out so much. I adore the way that Paul writes. I connected to his characters and felt like I was immersed in what was happening inside that cabin. I felt engaged the whole time and I was invested in the outcome of every character. I’m not quite sure how Paul did this but there were scenes where I had to pause and marvel at the beauty of sentences describing brutality. It doesn’t seem like the two should go together but they did here. The pacing feels practically frenetic at times and I can’t see the story working as well any other way. You get to catch your breath when the characters do. Overall though, the stress of the situation doesn’t ease for the characters so it doesn’t ease for the reader either. I expect some readers will be uneasy and maybe even cranky about some unanswered questions. While I would certainly read with interest a Q&A with the author I thought the book finished exactly where it should have and I’m okay with the unanswered questions. Throughout the book you’re only privy to information as it’s explained to the characters so it felt perfect to me how it ended. The Bottom Line: I need to read every single thing Paul has or will ever write. Thank you so much to Edelweiss and William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, for the opportunity to read this book and discover a new favourite author in the process.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Trembly, is a saga of disaster set in a cabin far from civilization, in idyllic New Hampshire, only a handful of miles from the Canadian border. It opens with a small child playing with grasshopper. A warm breeze ripples through the blades of grass, fallen leaves, and petals of clover flowers. The scene is pleasant and relaxing. A nice man appears, and the two have an enjoyable conversation. There is something hidden beneath the surface, however, and things are definitely not normal. The story is told from the perspective of the various characters, and chapters are identified with the character’s name. The third person present tense of the account has a casual tone, almost as a conversation between the reader and an unknown narrator, both watching the action as it happens. The tranquil scene turns dark when three “others” appear. They say they are not there to hurt anyone, and yet the ordinary seems ominous. They need assistance. “We need your help to save the world. Please.” They are polite but ruthless, timid but menacing. They have empathy and tolerance, but they also have weapons and restraints. They are completely normal and yet frighteningly strange. They have a mission. “The four of us are here to prevent the apocalypse.” The tension mounts slowly and with purpose. This is an intense apocalyptic story and not one for an unwary reader. The book starts as a nice little story, and then things start to go terribly wrong. I received a copy of “The Cabin at the End of the World” from Paul Trembly, Harper Collins, and Edelweiss. The suspense and impending doom will keep readers frantically turning the pages.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
Wen, who is six days away from her birthday (or at least when they celebrate her birthday), is vacationing with Dads Eric and Andrew in a remote part of New Hampshire, close to the Canadian border. And it is VERY remote - the nearest cabin to theirs is 2 miles down the road and unoccupied. When they arrived, Wen timed the drive down the dirt road and it was nearly 22 minutes. I can imagine this place, and it must have been paradise before all hell broke loose. We meet Wen as she attempts to catch grasshoppers and catalog them in her notebook. A large man (so large she thinks - and hopes - it might be a bear walking up the road) walks up to her in the yard and befriends her. He even helps catching the grasshoppers! But a few minutes behind him are three other people, and Wen runs into the house to warn her dads. Leonard, the big guy and leader, tells her: "We are not here to hurt you. We need your help to save the world." The book was quite different than I was expecting. I was expecting something Purge-like. But no, the apocalyptic horsemen break in immediately and begin wreaking havoc. Kind of like The Strangers, only they didn't waste time torturing the family and attempting to break in. They just got the thing done. Regardless, the book is terrifying in one of those "this could totally happen" ways. The home invasion is horrible, but things only get worse, and not in the way one would think. I liked the building tension, the twists that are thrown in throughout the story, and the overall insanity of the situation. I didn't really like A Head Full of Ghosts , but this I read in a day. An excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago