Written by April A. Taylor
I can’t even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this novel. But I’m going to try.
This was a gripping and chilling story about a guy, his broken heart, his twisting mind and a vacation of solitude in a cabin.
Here’s the blurb on it:
Welcome to Cabin Green, where the setting is familiar, but the story is completely unexpected. This original, terrifying psychological thriller is the debut horror novel from the author of the highly-rated Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Series. Socially conscious, inclusive, and raw modern Gothic horror that reflects the world around us and takes a close look at the destructive nature of grief. Current Goodreads average rating (as of August 11): 3.85 stars.
Going to Cabin Green alone after the death of his fiancée was Ben's first mistake. His second mistake was tempting fate by saying, "There's no such thing as an evil building." Now he's caught in a nightmare of his own making deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. Even worse, a family history of mental illness makes it impossible for him to know if the ghosts haunting the cabin are real or all in his head.
This modern Gothic horror story takes the reader directly into Ben's hellish experience. Is he crazy? Is a ghost haunting him? The only way to find out is to make it to the end of this deep, dark thrill ride that's filled with more twists than a roller coaster.
This book was inspired by a real-life, spooky green cabin in Northern Michigan that's so well-hidden it can't be found by GPS!
Within this novel, you'll be taken back and forth in time. The time frames are indicated by clear markers. These time jumps provide valuable background information about the main characters and allow you to get to know them more intimately. These jumps are also used as a device to weave a thread throughout the entire book that provides clues about the cabin's sinister secrets. Pay close attention: Can you guess the shocking ending?
Content Warning: This isn't a Saw-type torture story, but it does contain gore, sex, profanity, and deeply disturbing psychological themes. This isn't a fluffy horror story; it's emblematic of the destructive, devastating nature of depression/grief. Readers are taken directly into the main character's experience, which means that feelings of confusion are normal and intentional. Until Ben knows what's going on, readers won't know, either! For mature readers only.
NOMINEE: The Kindle Book Review 2018 Reader's Choice Award for Best Horror/Suspense (winner to be named in October 2018).
In my opinion, I thought this was a spectacular read. While it kept my attention the whole time, the last fifty pages or so were absolutely gripping and wicked suspenseful. I couldn’t force myself to put it down. I had to find out what happened. And I wasn’t disappointed with the ending.
I thought Taylor did an expert and meticulous job creating this story, forming imagery with her words, invoking real emotion on the part of the reader. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything along with Ben. You really do become part of the story yourself, going through the same experiences with the same intensity as our main character.
Anyone who is a fan of horror novels, the suspenseful thriller kind, this is SO for you.