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The Cabin Sessions by [Blackthorn, Isobel]
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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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But bad news awaits him and as the story unfolds it ...

Set in a fictional Australian setting akin to that found in Melbourne’s Dandenong Mountains this deeply atmospheric novel starts with an astrological omen. As Adam crosses the river guitar in hand a storm is brewing one that could see him trapped in The Cabin for hours. Struggling against a rising panic he continues his journey to The Cabin Music Session unwilling to let his mentor Benny Muir down. But bad news awaits him and as the story unfolds it is not the worst the fateful evening will hold.

Told from third person viewpoints of Adam and Philip, the town’s plumber, the evening is mapped out in slow eerie detail – that at once manages to evoke Burton’s fanatical cult history while also acting as a harbinger of the disaster to come. In between these two male viewpoints, is the delicate first-person voice of Eva, the breath holder, whose recollections shed an unsettling light on the characters in The Cabin.

This is a delicately balanced psychological novel, its horror not so much in the events of the evening (as shocking as they are) but in the sinister histories and disturbed mental states of its characters. I don’t normally ready such dark fiction but found myself gripped in horrified fascination by Blackthorn’s subtle story build and accomplished prose. This is a must read for all who like to be profoundly disturbed by their fiction or for others, like me, who are simply keen to see the best of what this genre can hold.


Great story to read with plenty of characters that you ...

Great story to read with plenty of characters that you meet through the pages. Loved the plot lines and interactions between the various characters too - very much what happens in the open mic space! The setting of the novel is well selected and when reading the pages, I can just imagine the venue, the town and the people from those neck of the woods!
A good read for people who like to bury themselves in a good book and absorb the emerging story lines and happenings.


Five Stars

A gripping story that I really enjoyed .

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The Cabin Sessions is a confronting, hard-hitting, dark psychological thriller told with acid wit. Themes of abuse are explored through minds distorted by fear and corrupted by hatred and delusion; this is a tale in which redemption is gained in unexpected ways.

It's Christmas Eve when hapless musician Adam Banks stands on the bridge over the river that cleaves the isolated village of Burton. A storm is rolling into the narrow mountain pass. He thinks of turning back. Instead, he resolves to fulfil his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions. He should be looking forward to it, but fear stirs when he opens the door on the Cabin¿s incense-choked air.

Philip Stone is already there, brooding. He observes with a ruthless eye the regulars, from sleazy barmaid Hannah Fisher, to old crone Cynthia Morgan.

Meanwhile, Philip's sister, Eva, prepares to take a bath. It¿s a ritual - she¿s a breath holder. At twenty-eight, Eva has returned to Burton to finish the business of her past, as memories begin to surface concerning one fateful day by the river and the innocence of her beloved brother...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: HellBound Books Publishing LLC (27 October 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076918W1L
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars4.5 stars for this almost voyeuristic pleasure
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Eddie Generous
4.0 out of 5 starsthe story itself and descriptions don’t read like an Irving
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Elizabeth Jane Corbett
5.0 out of 5 starsBut bad news awaits him and as the story unfolds it ...
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Danielle Urban
4.0 out of 5 starsDark, intense, and edgy...
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James M.
5.0 out of 5 starsA very intriguing ride into the depraved. Very well-written.
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