2016 Book #83 – The Cabin by Natasha Preston

51rglr8mdxl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston
Date finished: 9/7/16
Genre: Young adult, suspense
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Pages in book: 336
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and Awake
They think they’re invincible.
They think they can do and say whatever they want.
They think there are no consequences.
They’ve left me no choice.
It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead-murdered.
With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over…

My rating:  4.0 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I had read another of Preston’s new releases last year, Awake, and really enjoyed the creative and original story line. I liked Preston’s voice as an author and while I didn’t necessarily connect with the characters in the Awake story, I definitely wanted to read another of Preston’s novels. So I was really glad to see this upcoming release available on NetGalley, and the description of the story line sounded just as interesting and original. This book tells the story of Mackenzie, who has an overnight trip with her and her friends to a cabin with no parental supervision to celebrate their graduation from high school and their upcoming enrollment in university. Things turn gruesome though when the group wakes up to find two of their own brutally murdered. And with the doors and windows all still locked and no indication that anyone broke in, the most likely suspects are the friends Mackenzie survived with, the ones she has known and trusted for years, or the newcomer Blake (the murdered boy’s brother) who Mackenzie can’t seem to stop herself from being attracted to. But is the attraction clouding her brain and keeping her from seeing that he’s the murderer? Or are her long-time friendships blinding her to the maniac that’s lived in their midst all along?
Overall I really liked this book. I thought the premise behind the story was different and unlike other books I’ve read. I really liked Mackenzie’s character, I was able to relate a lot to her as a person. She was a little naive because she always wanted to see the good in people and always tends to trust the people around her, which is something I suffer from as well. I thought Blake was kind of a jerk but his character turned around for me about halfway through the book. This book was creepy and suspenseful but it didn’t outright scare me which I liked. I like a little thrill in my reads but I also like being able to sleep without the lights turned on. I thought this was a great read and I would definitely recommend it!

The bottom line: I liked this book a lot, I thought it was a great YA thriller. Suspenseful, kept me on my toes, but not overtly scary where I had to sleep with the lights on. Great read, I would definitely recommend!

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