Someone is stalking them... The Cabin by Natasha Preston (Blog Tour Excerpt)

The CabinThe Cabin
by Natasha Preston
YA Thriller
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and Awake

They think they’re invincible.
They think they can do and say whatever they want.
They think there are no consequences.
They’ve left me no choice.
It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead—murdered.

With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over...

  
  
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Excerpt

I closed my eyes. When you open your eyes, you’ll see something different. With my heart in my throat, I cracked one eye open. The image didn’t change. There was so much blood. Courtney and Josh were still lying motionless on the floor.

Megan let out a high--pitched scream that didn’t sound like it belonged to a human.

This isn’t real. I’m dreaming. I have to be dreaming.

“Courtney,” I whispered again, my voice drowning in a sea of Megan’s sobs and screams. “Josh!”

They didn’t answer. My mind reeled. How? Who? Why? My body was ice--cold from the shock. My fingers gripped the counter, nails digging into the wooden countertop. I couldn’t move. I was frozen in place. I couldn’t look away.

Oh ---. Oh ---. Do something! Help them!

Aaron dropped to his knees. His arms hovered over Josh as if he wanted to touch him but was too scared. “----,” he spat. “Someone do something! Call an ambulance!”

It looked too late for that. Courtney’s once--red lips were a pale pink, and her skin was dull and gray. A stream of dried blood stretched from her ear to the floor.

My pulse drilled.

They’re dead. They’re dead! No, no, no, no!

I dropped to my knees, ignoring the bickering over what to do going on behind me.

This isn’t happening.

Courtney’s eyes were closed, just like she was sleeping. Maybe she wasn’t dead. Maybe my best friend had a chance. If I could get her to open her eyes, she would be OK. Everything will be OK, I repeated in my head on a loop.

“Court, wake up.” I reached out and brushed her red hair from her face. She hated when her bangs fell in her face like that. Where was help? “We need an ambulance right now. Someone call for help. We need help,” I rambled. Someone had to wake her up. “She needs help. Someone help her! Please! Oh my ---, help her!”

I heard someone drop beside me. “Kenzie?” It was Megan. “She’s gone, Kenz. We need to… I don’t know.” She pulled my arm. I thought my legs would collapse, but somehow I had the strength to stand.

“Who did this?” I sobbed, pressing my hand to my mouth, gagging. Stop looking! I didn’t want to see this terror, so why couldn’t I stop looking?

Kyle spun around. “She’s right. Where is he? Or they?”

Dread settled heavy in my stomach. Were their killers still in the house?

Blake gulped, staring at his brother’s face. Josh’s eyes were still open but had rolled back slightly. He looked how I always imagined a dead body would look. “Where’s who?” he whispered.

“The bastard who just murdered our friends!” Aaron spat in reply.

They wouldn’t still be here, surely? No one was stupid enough to do something this horrible and hang around. They couldn’t be. But what if they are?

“We need to go,” Megan said, tugging on my arm. Yeah, we do. “Come on. It’s not safe. Someone was here. We need go. Now.”

About the Author


My name is Natasha, but most people call me Tash or Tasha. I don't mind either. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and villages out in the countryside ever since.

My husband, Joseph, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn't be where I am today. And this website wouldn't exist! I'm a proud mummy to an amazing little boy who is my whole world.

At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and receptionist jobs, thinking that I couldn't really do anything else.

In 2010 I stumbled into writing completely by accident. I was searching the 'app store' and came across Wattpad - an amateur writing site. For the first few months I just read, but then I decided to type out some of the ideas swirling around in my head. I'm so glad I did because I love creating new stories.

Writing gave me an escape and Wattpad gave me the confidence I lacked.

On tour with Sourcebooks.

Did you read her other book, The Cellar? Do you like thrillers?

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