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The Cabin at the End of the World
The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel | Paul Tremblay
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 Kings Misery, Ruth Wares In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchums 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 whats 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 wont 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.
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ImperfectCJ
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A group interrupts a family's vacation in the New Hampshire woods with a bizarre proclamation: the end of the world is nigh, and only they can stop it. And it only gets weirder from there.

Not much to say about this one. It's gruesome and convoluted and somewhat overwrought emotionally, but I enjoyed it, although not as much as I enjoyed The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

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Reagan-reads
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Phew... I stayed up late on Friday at Brownie camp and got so close to finishing. Managed to complete this one yesterday and I‘m glad I sat on it for a day before writing a brief review. A home invasion that is maybe to prevent the end of the 🌎 is the general, no spoilers plot. I loved it and it was so well written, very tense read. I was not a fan of the ending initially, but upon reflection, I think it was perfect. Unsatisfying yes, but right.

Reggie Totally co-sign everything you said. I remember I almost couldn‘t see on my way to work after I read what happens in the middle. I read it at the worst possible moment. 1w
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Reagan-reads
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On my way to Brownie camp in the middle of a winter snowstorm. I am craaaaanky but my little brownie is super happy that I am here so that counts for a lot.

Book talk though, I have been super uncomfortable reading this since the first few pages and it‘s ramping up. I am really enjoying this so far. What a tense read! I think I like it more than A Head Full of Ghosts 😬

Bookwormjillk Good luck! I hope you get some reading time in! 2w
Reggie I liked this book a lot. I‘m a sucker for his writing and loved the beginning of this book as Wen is running her feet through the grass like a scythe looking for grasshoppers. 2w
Reagan-reads @Reggie yes, it hooked me right away. Fabulous writing and she was such a great character. 1w
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rkeo
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I've never read so many pages of absolutely nothing happening. I was hoping to be torn between not knowing whether the four were part of a delusional doomsday cult, or whether there really was a supernatural component to their claims. It was messy and all over the place. A lot of the events in the book made no sense at all and didn't support the plot in the slightest. It came across like the author had no idea what he was trying to get at.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Wow! What a rough ride! And that ending... I guess what you think happens depends on if you're an Eric or an Andrew (I'm probably an Eric). Heartbreaking and horrific, this was a fantastic October read! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

ArianaG Wow this book looks very interesting! Great post! 3w
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MidnightBookGirl
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So tonight I played in my first Pinball tournament! I did not place in the top 4 but I did win 2 of my 6 games and got a door prize. I'm still very new to the pinball world (I joined a Belles and Chimes league with several of my bookstore coworkers), but it's a blast! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

LauraJ That sounds fun! 3w
Clwojick That sounds like a blast! 3w
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ferskner
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Through the power of Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke, I'm still going! #readathon @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Librarybelle Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke! 🧡🧡🧡 4w
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ATB
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I think ultimately this was good but so many unanswered questions. Reading the insights section at the end of the book helped make me feel more satisfied with the ending.

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ShyBookOwl
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Mehso-so

This was okay. It did a great job at building suspense for the first half, but after that it started to drag. Scary and violent, with interesting characters... but also a little incoherent. Large sections felt unecessary and even repetitive. I was disappointed with the ending, but I could see why some ppl might have loved it. Also, I did have nightmares after it, so it had an impact of sorts haha

BarbaraBB I was so disappointed by this one 😬 1mo
ShyBookOwl @BarbaraBB I could see that. I definitely had higher expectations. I wasn't really into the direction it ended up taking, nor how long it got to get there lol 1mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Ahhh! 30% in... What is going on??? The suspense is almost too much! This is terrifying...

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Rissa1
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This book felt like the movie The Strangers, meets The Road. 3.5⭐ #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Reagan-reads Nice review! 1mo
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Rissa1
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Alexa is reading to me tonight. Not my favorite way to absorb a book, but physically reading is killing my head. Stupid Headache! #teamslaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick

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my.books.in.squares
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Book 2 of #spookathon

Prompt: read a book with a spooky setting.

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Rissa1
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This game came at the perfect time. We are in a waiting room and it gave my daughter something to do. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick #scaryfilters

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

This book had a lot of potential. I loved the concept and was hooked for the first half. Then it got a bit redundant and the end fell flat for me. It left me wanting more, but not in a good way.

Book 3 #Screamathon 😱 @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraBB I felt the same! 1mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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I LOVED this. Fingers crossed it turns into a Netflix movie or something; I‘d love to see it acted out!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book kind of reminded me of the movie The Strangers with Liv Tyler. 1mo
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LiteraryLona
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This author always keeps me turning pages and leaves me pondering the endings!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your ring 💍 2mo
JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was thinking the same thing! 2mo
LiteraryLona Thank you! CVB Inspired Design made it! She has an Etsy store & her diamond rings are out of this world. (edited) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LiteraryLona ❤️❤️❤️ beautiful!! 2mo
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Maude
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I loved, A Head Full Of Ghosts, so I had high hopes for this. They were too high, I didn't like this at all and really only finished it because it was the only audiobook I downloaded to listen to while I tackle my book room. I got all the stuff out of boxes now comes the hard part, organizing it all ? I have my "dammit doll" on stand by just to be safe?

tpixie 😆📚♥️ 2mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Also didn't really enjoy this one. I felt like it was a missed opportunity. 2mo
Kayla.Adriena What's a dammit doll?? Intriguing! 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks What is a dammit doll? And where do I get one? 2mo
Maude @Kayla.Adriena and @NeedsMoreBooks , Dammit Dolls are a cross between a voodoo & rag doll with the cutest little poem pinned on, I will type it below. I got mine at a vintage shop but I think you can order them online. 2mo
Maude When you think you want to climb the walls - or stand right up and shout, Here's a little Dammit doll- you cannot do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs- and find a place to slam it. Then as you whack it's stuffings out, -Yell, "Dammit, Dammit, Dammit!!!" 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Man it was hard not to throw this book in a corner. I kept wondering what was the point. People in a room, killing eachother, lots of gory details and unfinished sentences. The chapters kept repeating themselves, so did the conversations. I ended up bored and frustrated. It‘s probably me but what a waste of time. (Sorry @rajithr and @vivastory ...)

#ReadingUSA2019 #NewHampshire

squirrelbrain Oh dear - not good! 🙁 2mo
LeahBergen Too bad! 2mo
Librarybelle Oh boy! 🙁 2mo
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Melissa_J I will not be reading this one! 2mo
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB It‘s off my TBR list! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh boy! I did enjoy his other book.. 2mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Maybe you will like this one as well. At this moment don‘t feel like trying 😉 2mo
Cinfhen You took one for the team✊🏼 2mo
vivastory It's too bad you didn't like it. I thought you might since he seems to have some things in common with Iain Reid. 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I love Reid, you‘re right. And I do see the comparison. I think it was their being in that same room together all the time, it felt like a scene repeating itself continuously. While Reid‘s plots are more developing if I make myself clear? 2mo
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litenthusiast
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#SelfImprovementSept #ReadingGoals I really need to catch up on my library books this month, so I can spend October reading a few scary books. 🎃 Happy September! 🍁 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 3mo
MelissaSue81 The library of Lost and found was such a pleasant surprise for me! It‘s cute, but also more than cute! 3mo
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Ingrid725
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Mehso-so

It started of amazing couldn‘t put it down but then it started to get weird on me but I can‘t complain it was good I give it 3 and half stars... I will recommend it still just warn people it gets a little weird lol

BarbaraBB A little? It went way over my head 😉 2mo
Ingrid725 Lmfao yeah it really did I had to read some pages over like wait did they really just say all of that 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘ve read A Head Full Of Ghosts in a Litsy buddy read..it wasn‘t the kind of book I‘ll go for but I was surprised I enjoyed it! I‘ve yet to read the tagged book, again not my usual kind of read, but I don‘t mind reading it. I may also enjoy it! 😉🤷‍♀️

#LetsTravelAugust #cabin

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read this but have heard good things! 👌🏻📚 3mo
readordierachel It's good! 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Just no. This didn‘t work for me at all. Not scary, ridiculous premise. Plus there were multiple perspectives with no change in voice or personality, so that was pointless. By the end, I was rolling my eyes so much I was at risk of losing a contact lens.

TheLudicReader Glad I didn‘t buy this, then. 😀 I didn‘t love the tagged book as much as everyone else seemed to either. 3mo
Hooked_on_books @TheLudicReader Isn‘t it funny/great how some books work for so many but not for others? After this one, I certainly won‘t try this author again. 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m so happy with this review. I thought it was just me. I just finished it. What a ridiculous book 😬 2mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Oh good! I too love being validated when a book really doesn‘t work for me. I‘m glad we fell into the same camp on this one. 2mo
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Ingrid725
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Okay just started this and just finish the first chapter I am hooked!!! My heart was beating lol!!!

Yes those are old Holiday Barbies I use to collect now my daughter collects them lol

Reagan-reads I always wanted to collect Barbies but it was not possible when I was little so now my sister and I buy them for our daughters. I love them 🥰 3mo
Ingrid725 Yeah I have from 1989 on everything from 2011 is my daughter she loves them shes 8... 3mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3mo
Ingrid725 Thank you just noticed this lol 3mo
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BekaReid
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Paul Tremblay writes the best horror books! True horror is rooted in the real, and it gets in your head. That is exactly what this book is and does. Tremblay weaves his tale with layers of fear, paranoia, and disbelief. And his characters! I adored Wen from page one. If horror is your thing (and maybe if it's not), read this!

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nikki.82
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#currentlyreading I'm a little concerned about the low rating on Goodreads but I figure if Stephen King says it's good it must be worth a shot, right? 🤔🤔

TrishB I enjoyed it 👍🏻 4mo
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Annl
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JulAnna
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It is hard to describe this book, but I have a feeling that I will be thinking about it for a long time to come. Yes, it is violent, but not in a gratuitous way. Propulsive story, at times very hard to read. I really enjoyed the author‘s notes at the end (do not read them before you read the book). I will definitely look for more of his books.

ShyBookOwl I've heard great things! 3mo
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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I did it! #24B4Monday
Finished 3 books and is halfway with Mostly Harmless...
If I didn't struggle so much with the tagged book, I would have finished all 4.
But it was really not a book for me, I can't remember the last time I had to re-read so many times just to try and make sense of it all.

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Sweettartlaura
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5 ⭐️

This book snags you & does NOT let go. And I totally needed a book like that right now.

The ambiguous ending reminds me of both The Mist & The Birds, & I love it for that.

Paul Tremblay is becoming a Must Read author for me ♥️

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Sweettartlaura
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Oh, this isn‘t ominous at all 💁🏻‍♀️😱

Ashley_Nicoletto This book is something else. 4mo
Sweettartlaura @Ashley_Nicoletto I think it‘s just what I need tonight 🤗 4mo
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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I'm a bit behind on #thereadingrush so I thought I'll combine it with #24B4Monday to catch up. 😁

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wistfulreader
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Mehso-so

This book was fine, but unfortunately nowhere near as terrifying or unsettling as I had hoped. The switching POV‘s were a little hard to follow, and the plot kind of flat-lines into violence towards the end, but it definitely made me think about what kind of sacrifices I would be prepared to make to save the rest of the world.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 4mo
wistfulreader @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Thank you so much!! Learning my way around 💓 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @RaimeyGallant collected together this page of helpful #LitsyTips if you‘d like to give them a look! http://bit.ly/litsytips 4mo
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wistfulreader @chaoticgoodhufflepuff oh this is fab, thank you!! 4mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Welcome to the bookish neighborhood! 4mo
wistfulreader @TobeyTheScavengerMonk thank you so much! 💜 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
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CoraHirashiki
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I am in a cabin right now and this book did not disappoint.

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intothehallofbooks
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Wow. This is good. It‘s TERRIFYING. (Although I‘ll admit that I‘m a scaredy-cat.) It‘s so good though, because every little detail in here is symbolic or builds on future chapters. Nothing is wasted.

There are additional spoilery liner notes at the end to be read AFTER finishing that are 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻!! Holy Batman good. These notes make me want to read again with all the cool stuff Tremblay shared.

BarbaraBB Great review. I have this one on my shelves waiting for me so will get to it soon! 4mo
intothehallofbooks @BarbaraBB I loved it! I read outside of my comfort zone a bit with it being on the horror side and it paid off! I love how well put-together it is. I‘m excited to see what you think when you‘re done 😃 4mo
BarbaraBB @intothehallofbooks It will be out of my comfort zone too but I often like that! I‘ll keep you posted! 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Mehso-so

Well, isn‘t this just a fucked up little book.

TorieStorieS Hahahahaha - what a great one sentence summary of this one!! 4mo
jchawkins Hahahaha flawless review! 4mo
valeriegeary Oh. That's exactly how I felt too. 😅🙈🙉🙊 4mo
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mcipher I have it in my lap to start right now... 😬😆 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @mcipher I‘m not mad I read it. It‘s my understand messed up things are to be expected from Paul Tremblay. But, be prepared. 4mo
mcipher It‘s very weird so far. I‘m hoping it‘s not one that totally messes me up. I hate when there‘s a kid involved... 4mo
mnmamabear Starting tonight! 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This mornings reading views. 💙

Hawaii. ✔️

Tamra 😍 4mo
TheEllieMo Jealous! 4mo
DivineDiana Wow! ❤️ 4mo
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Lady_Tigana_20 Looks like Aulani. Jealous. *sigh* 4mo
Cinfhen Lovely 🌴🌺🌞 4mo
LauraBeth That looks amazing! 4mo
AlaMich Nice!! 4mo
auntie_jenn not horrible! 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Lady_Tigana_20 It is Aulani! It‘s our first time here. We‘re big fans. 4mo
Melissa_J Have a wonderful time! 🌺🌴 4mo
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NatalieR
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A good summer read. A couple are on vacation at a cabin in #NewHampshire with their young daughter when a group of uninvited people show up to preach about an apocalypse. The dynamics of the characters shifted in unexpected ways. Am definitely surprised by evolution of the story. #ReadingUSA2019

Eggs Pretty 🌺 5mo
readordierachel I really liked this one too. It was relentless. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great! I‘m adding this on my list. I need New Hampshire too! 5mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about this one...glad you liked it! 5mo
Hooked_on_books Cool! You know, I‘ve seen enough good reviews about this one, I may have to read it. 🤔 (edited) 5mo
NatalieR @Eggs Thanks! 😊 5mo
NatalieR @readordierachel Relentless...excellent adjective. 👍 5mo
NatalieR @BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Hope you both enjoy it! 😀 5mo
NatalieR @Librarybelle Thanks! 😀 5mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great! I can‘t remember if I need New Hampshire or not, so I‘ll stack it anyway! 😁👍 5mo
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Jeannineth
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@AutumnRLS Chapter 1 is so engaging. I can‘t wait to crawl into bed tonight and devour it. I might have to binge read everything Paul Tremblay has written.

AutumnRLS Awesome! I felt the same way after reading Head Full of Ghosts. Can't wait to dive into Cabin! 5mo
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Gennic
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Such an awesome book! I especially love that it made me stop and think at the end

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled YES! Such a wild ride. 5mo
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inmegslibrary
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“He anticipates Wen asking him if everything will be ok, and if she does, he‘ll do what any good parent would do; he‘ll lie.”

Reggie Oof, this book. 5mo
janeycanuck You always have such great photos, I love your creativity with the brown paper!! 5mo
BiblioLitten 😃 5mo
inmegslibrary Thanks @janeycanuck! It helps me ruminate on books a little longer while drawing it out. 5mo
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Gennic
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This kept me at the edge of my seat the whole way through. Several times I was just asking “what is going on though“ I couldn't see the end and couldn't predict as I normally can. Fantastic story!

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danibolahood
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Book: Are you ready to be scared???
Me: Yes!
Book: Light fixtures! Lamps! Screen doors coming off their tracks!! Did I mention the light fixture? It has burnt out bulbs. Oh also there's people with home made terrifying weapons but they'll just keep having the same conversation for 100 pages don't worry about them - I mean this lamp is round and short.
Me: Can you get on with it already?
Book: No.

Cailey_Mac Omg I‘ve read books like that and I‘m always like 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
HOTPock3tt Lmao! 🤣 truth! 7mo
JamieArc Yes! The SAME conversation the whole time! I had high hopes for this one and was SERIOUSLY let down. 7mo
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danibolahood @Cailey_Mac @HOTPock3tt @JamieArc I'm so glad I'm not alone. I was really looking forward to this one. 7mo
mnmamabear I just couldn't connect with this book. 3mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Exactly my thoughts. That same conversation! I just finished it and feel so let down! @danibolahood (edited) 2mo
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Busha1984
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⭐⭐✨
Hmm. I don't know about this one. Very strange and I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. I think I was expecting more of a horror-esque/slasher story and I was let down by where the story went and how it ended. It was an easy read, written well, but left me befuttled and disappointed.

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annkuch13
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This was am intense read. The build of the tension is excellent. It's one of those can't look away from the car crash kind of books. Very creepy to watch unfold. The characters felt very real.

TW: graphic violence

Squidapus Squidapus really love his books but two of them missed the landing at the end so I worried about this one 8mo
annkuch13 @Squidapus This is the first of his books I've read so I don't know how it compares. I wasn't disappointed by the ending, though. 8mo
Squidapus @annkuch13 Awesome! Good to hear, we'll probably pick it up down the line! 8mo
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annkuch13
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This Monday was absolutely exhausting for no reason. There are no spoons left.
#catsoflitsy

cobwebmoth *hugs* 8mo
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Chazlyn
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Shout-out to my former home and the "Goonies Rock"!

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Chazlyn
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Pickpick

The premise is great, and I liked the changing POVs up until the last section where the chapters would be written in two different POVs at the same time (cool experiment but not my cup of tea). I was surprised and then delighted that the plot that I thought was only going to last for the first section actually went to the end of the book and didn't result in pacing issues. Also, shoutout to the ambiguous ending.

readordierachel I liked this one too. So tense! 8mo
Chazlyn @readordierachel The pacing was so good! I was convinced there was no way the whole book could be the standoff in the cabin - was so happy to be wrong! 8mo
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annkuch13
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Pre D&D reading

ShyBookOwl I've heard great things! 8mo
annkuch13 @ShyBookOwl I'm really liking it so far 8mo
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Aloisi_tribe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I finished this book last night. Andrew and Eric and their daughter, Wen, go to Vermont to spend a week unplugged from life but their vacation is interrupted when four strangers show up with homemade weapons. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read a book that pulled me in like this one and had me thinking about the story and the characters when I wasn‘t reading. The ending fell flat for me, otherwise it would have been a four star book.

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