Review: The Cabin in the Woods by Sarah Alderson


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Collins Publishing (July 7, 2022)

From In a cabin in a wood,
A woman by the window stood.

Glancing out, she thought she heard
Footsteps, whistling, something stirred.

Hiding here, she fears the night,
For what’s done in the dark will come to light.

She must run fast to escape her lie
Or she’ll be the next to die…


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

This book had its moments where it was interesting (mainly the flashbacks we got a Rose starting from her childhood and moving up through her marriage and into all the ways things went wrong), but for the most part, I found it boring and far-fetched. There was very little feeling of danger even when Rose hears/sees people around her cabin, and no real sense of urgency when there were moments that should have felt that way. I really wish I could go into heavier detail around the plot, but it will give everything away, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone who may be interested in reading it for themselves. 

With few exceptions, I didn't find the characters to be very likable either. Rose spends the "present" day part of the book stumbling around fighting an infection and showing her face around town knowing what she had done (and then acting surprised when she's finally found out), while Ryan is a right bastard with too much money and no redeeming qualities whatsoever. 

There are times when you do begin to feel sorry for Rose, given the predicament she has found herself in (especially when you consider the horrific way she lost her young daughter), and times when you begin to feel angry towards Ryan not only for what he's done, but also for the fact he's gotten away with it for so long just for being a man in a powerful position. Without giving away spoilers, I will say that I enjoyed the ending and seeing Rose finally able to stand up for herself. 

However, I will admit to being in the minority on this one, so if the blurb sounds like something you would enjoy, by all means, feel free to give it a chance! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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