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The Cabin Sessions is a tough one to pin to a genre, I suppose to be vague, it falls into dark literary. It also have a whodunit vibe that evolves from a whodunwhat vibe. All along it feels as if a crime is apparent, something weighty and plaguing of the patrons storm-stayed at an open mic bar.
The characters are rounded and odd, in a kind of John Irving odd kind of way: strange sex, wilful self-destruction, everyone sticking noses in, and all standing ready to perform their peculiar part. However, the story itself and descriptions don’t read like an Irving, the notes of humor are not there and the tone is generally darker all the way around rather than only dark in subject, but light in discussion.
At times, this story became wordy and stretched far, perhaps further than necessary and perhaps not, into the backgrounds, drawing the curiosity of the underlying vibe thin as guitar strings between the cast. I was also at a disadvantage knowing nothing about music or playing instruments. Not that it probably hurt much, as I understood that what flew over my head was performance related.
The Cabin Sessions is mostly a slow-burn literary mystery heavy with dark edges, while dabbling in moments of suspense and horror. I’ve never read anything quite like it, which says something in itself. Isobel Blackthorn has a strong voice, creates interesting characters, and when the fuse finally shrank on the powder keg, the revelations were big and unexpected. Enticing and intriguing and entertaining.
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.