BOOK REVIEW: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

Title: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Author: Lisa Unger

Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 20 minutes

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Read Start Date: April 3, 2023

Read Finish Date: April 12, 2023

Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

What could be more restful, more restorative, than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s loving and generous tech-mogul brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’s his birthday gift to Hannah and includes their spouses and another couple. The six friends need this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R, far from the chatter and pressures of modern life.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?

 My Review: Lisa Unger’s Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six is a gripping and suspenseful thriller that will captivate readers from beginning to end. The story follows three couples who rent a luxurious cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway, but find themselves caught in a terrifying situation where they cannot trust anyone, not even each other.

The novel begins by introducing the six main characters, each with their own personal secrets and complicated relationships with each other. There are married couples Hannah and Bruce, Hannah’s brother Mako and his wife Liza, and Mako’s ex-girlfriend Cricket and her boyfriend.

Although the rental cabin initially seems like a dream with its hot tub, stunning views, and personal chef, things quickly take a turn for the worse. A deadly storm brews, the rental host seems a little creepy, and the personal chef reveals the cabin’s spine-tingling history. Meanwhile, a stranger seeks revenge for long-buried deeds and is determined to ruin the group’s weekend. Strange things start to happen at the cabin, and what was supposed to be a great weekend, ends in a nightmare no one could have anticipated.

The author masterfully builds tension and unease throughout the novel, utilizing the isolated cabin in the woods to add a sense of danger and isolation. Each character is well-developed and complex, with their own motives and secrets that are slowly revealed, building suspense and intrigue.

This was a great book to listen to while exercising, as it kept me engaged the entire time.


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