Day 23 – The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
If you like to be genuinely scared and deeply unsettled with a great big dollop of confused, this is a great pick for you. Wen and her dads are enjoying a quiet off-the-grid vacation at an isolated cabin (which is how all the most terrifying horror movies start). Wen is outside, playing by herself, when she is approached by the biggest man she’s ever seen. He seems friendly enough, but then he tells Wen that nothing that’s about to happen is her fault. His friends appear, armed with makeshift weapons and a cryptic message — they’re here to save the world. Intruder horror really gets to me, so I was on the edge of my seat, trying to guess along with Wen’s dads what it was these people wanted, and how far they’d go to get it. To be honest, I didn’t love the direction it ended up going in, but it was still scary as hell!
Recipe: Bloody S’Mores because nothing interrupts a good old fashioned cabin trip like a group of potential murderers