Maybe it’s because I’m an avid thriller reader but seeing “Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six” on an Airbnb site would not make me want to rent it. Unless I was a demented serial killer, which appears to be the case with most, if not all, of the characters in this convoluted mystery.
Hannah’s brother Mako invites her, her husband Bruce, her best friend Cricket, and Cricket’s boyfriend to stay in a desolate but high-end rental “cabin” for a weekend. Along with Mako’s wife, Liza, there are just enough beds for everyone. It sounds like a fun weekend. However, all of them have secrets that will be revealed by the end of the book. Also, the cabin’s owner installed cameras throughout the house because he literally likes to watch. If that is not creepy enough, a killer storm is rolling in too.
There is also a secondary plot of young Henry losing his mother and eventually finding a long-lost aunt decades earlier. He connects to the others in the cabin in a surprising way.
Obviously, Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six is bursting with both plot and characters. Unfortunately, and probably because of that, I didn’t care about any of them. Also, the first half was all introductory material. Nothing remotely exciting happened until later. I’m not sure if I would have kept reading if I wasn’t going to write this review. I usually love Lisa Unger’s books but this one was a miss for me. 3 stars.
Thanks to Legend Press and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.