The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

The Cabin at the End of the World

Author: Paul Tremblay

  • Publication Date: 2018-06-26
  • Category: Gay
3.5 Score: 3.5
(From 487 Ratings)


“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

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 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 what’s 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 won’t 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.

“Read Paul Tremblay's new novel, The Cabin at the End of the World, and you might not sleep for a week. Longer. It will shape your nightmares for months – that's pretty much guaranteed.” — NPR

“Gripping, horrifying, and mesmerizing.” — GQ

“A tour-de-force of psychological and religious horror.” —

“A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Tremblay has a real winner here.” —


  • A Good Read

    By Kraftygg
    I read the reviews before I downloaded the book. They were right, the ending sucked. Good read, yet it felt like so much detail and extra unneeded stuff went into the filler, that the end was rushed and unfinished. I like stuff to be left to the imagination, but it felt like the ending was just unfinished. But then I thought about it all…. And this book reminds me of current times…people being brainwashed by social media to believe certain things…. Extremism being blared through the media…people that will believe the rabbit holes they are being drug into…..that’s what this story reminded me of in the end. Being vague so not to give this story away
  • heart felt

    By mattywatty13
    could see me in both of the main characters. loved it.
  • Apocalyptic

    By Lauraspecs
    This book took about two weeks to finish. I was not impressed with the storyline, as certain aspects were not explored. Also, I feel like the book just…ended. We needed at least a short epilogue.
  • Like a poorly written TV series

    By Shane rech walker
    Was quite a page turner at the start. Then…blah. The novel became tedious and in the end no true resolution to the torment of the characters. Simply put, dooms day gloom with out any boom. Lacking in development of finalities and too much description of scenery. Too much death without purpose. Glad I only paid eight dollars for the less than satisfying experience. It was like a bad TV series where you try to hang in there and then…seriously, that’s how this ends. Nope. Not a fan of this writing.
  • Loved this book!

    By Nate10000000
    I read this because Stephen King gave it a good review. I’m so happy I did. I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait to read more from this author!
  • Terrible story

    By Sard47
    What a stupid book. It was so blah, blah, blah. I had to force myself to keep reading just so I hadn’t totally wasted the money. Awful story, dud of an ending. Last one of this authors books I’ll read.
  • Seriously?!

    By NC Books
    This was supposed to be “taut”, “terrifying”, etc. etc.? The only extreme thing about it was the gory and graphic depictions of violence. What a waste of time and money. Read to the end as I kept expecting that it would live up to the reviews. Ending was a big “What?”. Would rate it less than one star if that was an option.
  • Terrible ending

    By nerdgirlsdoitbetter
    I never thought I'd miss Stephen Kings under the dome ending
  • Very interesting

    By jm2362a
    Great book. Creative idea. Definitely worth your time.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking

    By Dexter Dog
    A well-plotted and ingenious mix of pandemic and AI fiction. At times, weirdly prescient about our current situation in the middle of our coronavirus word. It’s long, but I enjoyed it from start to finish.