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Review of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

*Note: This book was an advanced reader’s copy from Net Galley. It will be published on November 8, 2022, but is available for pre-order now on Amazon at


I was looking forward to reading another Lisa Unger book, but I found this one disappointing. The theme was a good idea: three couples spending time at a secluded cabin with all amenities included — a chef, hot tub, and a list of activities to “get back to nature.” Mako, a rich tech guy whose sister, Hannah, worships, planned and paid for the weekend..

Prior to their weekend away, at Christmas, the family all receive an Origins DNA test from an anonymous source. No one knows who placed them under the tree, and no one will admit to putting them there.

Six months later, Hannah and her husband, along with Mako and his wife and Hannah’s close friend and her boyfriend, move into the cabin during an approaching storm. Their host and builder greets them, a man who they don’t realize is watching them from cameras placed around the property. There are also two unidentified persons staying in the small cabin nearby, a man and a woman who we meet through separate POV scenes.

One other addition to this book is the story of a family’s murder on the same land before their “cabin” was built and a ghost that is said to haunt the place. I found the characters, all privileged and proud of it, except for Hannah and her husband, who seemed more appreciative of their circumstances. There were some twists, but they weren’t that surprising. It’s a decent book but not the one I expected.


I'm a librarian at a public library and author of the Cobble Cove and Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, poems, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, SEA SCOPE, MEMORY MAKERS, TIME'S RELATIVE, MEOW AND PURRS, and the 6 books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, and SNEAKY'S SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY AND OTHER COBBLE COVE STORIES. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks by Solstice Publishing and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection. My standalone psychological thriller, SEA SCOPE, my medical mystery, MEMORY MAKERS, and my time-travel novel, TIME'S RELATIVE are published by NEXT CHAPTER PUBLISHING who has also published my cat poetry book, MEOWS AND PURRS, and the first book of my new Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series, THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY. I've also signed with Next Chapter for a reprint of PET POSTS: THE CAT CHATS, my non-fiction cat book that will be retitled MEMORIES AND MEOWS. I am a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Long Island Authors Group, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 2 cats.

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