#Book Review – The Cabin Sessions; I. Blackthorn

Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for The Cabin Sessions, a thriller novel written by I. Blackthorn.

First thing first, let me thank Lilyan for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip* 


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 fulfill his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions.

Fear stirs when he opens the door on The Cabin’s incense-choked air. Local plumber Philip Stone is already there, brooding.

Meanwhile, Philip’s sister Eva prepares to take a bath. Memories begin to surface concerning one fateful day by the river, and the innocence of her beloved brother.

Thriller, horror
Publication date: 08/10/17
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Cover: Creepy!

I’ve been warned from the very beginning that The Cabin Sessions was a slow book. Other reviewers seemed to confirm it, so I wasn’t expecting anything fast-paced or ripe with action when I dived in.

Thing is, there’s a fine line between ‘slow’ and ‘static’, and uh, the narration sometimes pushes it. It’s a shame because there are engaging parts too, where the rhythm and the flow, albeit still slow, are flawless. The same flawlessness shown by Eva and Delilah as characters—I really liked them!

The POV switches between the characters—it’s one POV/one chapter tho, 100% acceptable—but it also switches between first and third person. As I already said elsewhere, it’s confusing.

Sex scenes: uh. Why. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I’m all for authors porning to their heart’s content if they feel like it, but I draw the line at purple sex. Concepts like ‘the animal in me was done’ or ‘thrusting my member into her loose and sloppy gash’ read awkward at best, funny at worst, and the last reaction I want to have when reading sex is to stifle a laugh.

While the story itself is interesting, The Cabin Session would have benefited from some trimming in the description and adverbs department.

Long story short, The Cabin Session has a lot of potentials, and I’m sorry to say it remained unexplored for the most part.

2,5 stars on GR.


Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her groundbreaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.


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