Review: The Cabin by Natasha Preston

The Cabin by Natasha Preston

When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it’s clear there’s a killer among them.

As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…

Title: The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston
Publication date: September 6, 2016

I received The Cabin from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The basic story idea of The Cabin is good, but the writing is weak at times. This is somewhat surprising because this book is was previously published under another title. I would think that some rewriting would have happened to strengthen the writing, but I guess not. Or maybe it did and the first attempt was even worse. Fortunately, I didn’t notice this as much as the book went and as I got more into the story. Either the characters started talking more like real people or I was too interested in what was going on to notice.

I never try to figure out who the killer is when I read, so I was surprised, but then I’m always surprised. Every one of Mackenzie’s friends seems to have some big dramatic secret that she’s shocked to discover. Apparently Mackenzie really doesn’t know her friends that well. I really didn’t buy that they were such a close group of friends because there didn’t seem to be a strong connection between any of them. They claimed that, or, well, Mackenzie did, but I didn’t feel it. All the secrets certainly didn’t help paint a picture of a tight group, but they did provide a lot of interesting twists and turns for the story. The one person from the group that she didn’t know at all going into that terrible weekend is the one she grows the closest to as they work together to try to find out who killed her friends. He’s also the one the police seem to suspect the most, which gives him a good reason to work with Mackenzie.

The one thing I really liked about The Cabin is that it’s told entirely from Mackenzie’s point of view. I am always commenting (usually negatively) on books that have multiple POV. It would have been completely on trend for this book to do the same. It didn’t and I’m glad. It would have made for a more confusing story, which this book definitely did not need.

The Cabin wasn’t quite what I hoped when I picked it up, but I think I’ll give Natasha Preston another try. Several other books of hers are already on my TBR and I hope to like them just a little more.

3 stars