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Knock…Knock… When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified. To Emma there is not Knock…Knock… When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified. To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI. Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly her worlds collide. With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising. The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too. In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems. The Girl in Cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own. The Girl in Cabin 13 is the first book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.


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Knock…Knock… When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified. To Emma there is not Knock…Knock… When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified. To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI. Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly her worlds collide. With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising. The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too. In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems. The Girl in Cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own. The Girl in Cabin 13 is the first book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.

30 review for The Girl in Cabin 13

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven D Catron

    This was a ridiculous book,,,I love a Good crime/serial killer book with a female lead,,,,this book is Not !! FBI agent Emma Griffin is a mess. the book opens with her completely ruining an undercover operation because she cannot control her emotions. She follows up this " Inept Female" scenario by developing a romantic relationship with a lifelong serial killer within hours of arriving on the scene. She continues to prove that she is completely unable to be an FBI agent by wandering the woods af This was a ridiculous book,,,I love a Good crime/serial killer book with a female lead,,,,this book is Not !! FBI agent Emma Griffin is a mess. the book opens with her completely ruining an undercover operation because she cannot control her emotions. She follows up this " Inept Female" scenario by developing a romantic relationship with a lifelong serial killer within hours of arriving on the scene. She continues to prove that she is completely unable to be an FBI agent by wandering the woods after dark with no weapon of any kind, allowing herself to be locked in a room with dead bodies because the thought never crosses her mind to get back up or even prop the door open and being captured by aforementioned serial killer, still without any kind of weapon!! The cases she works on get closed by sheer happenstance after being completely bungled by this inept overly emotional train wreck of a woman. If the author is trying to show that women are incapable of being a law enforcement officer they are doing a great job. This book insults strong capable women everywhere !!

  2. 5 out of 5

    HJ

    Engaging story, but felt like the author has little knowledge or experience with the FBI to make this more legitimate feeling. Info dump from villain's monologue was a bit over the top, as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Mixed bag This wasn’t a horrible book, but I don’t think it’s a great book with interesting twists and turns. In the middle. - the main character, Emma, is an FBI agent who Is like a bull in a china shop. She rushes through her cases, doing her own thing, which I might add is not clever at all. - She ends up on another case and she’s just as bad. Giving orders, pushing her way into an investigation even though she’s undercover and supposed to be a regular citizen. - I could figure out who the kille Mixed bag This wasn’t a horrible book, but I don’t think it’s a great book with interesting twists and turns. In the middle. - the main character, Emma, is an FBI agent who Is like a bull in a china shop. She rushes through her cases, doing her own thing, which I might add is not clever at all. - She ends up on another case and she’s just as bad. Giving orders, pushing her way into an investigation even though she’s undercover and supposed to be a regular citizen. - I could figure out who the killer was halfway through the book, why couldn’t she? Instead she picked who she thought was the killer and made everything fit. That’s not how police work works. Overall, I felt like she got lucky versus impressive investigative work. She’s not smart and she’s way too emotional. I’m not sure if I will read the next book in hopes that it’s better or i will just go on to a better book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    THIS WAS SO GOOD ❤️ okay I don’t know if Im just an idiot or what cuz I didn’t think that the killer was gonna be that person like I was surprised maybe I just seen to read more crime fiction to think harder, I’m just very gullible and will believe anything the author says 😂 but I loved all of this book especially the ending because it was so creepy if you were imagined what it would look like 👀 A+ and 10/10 for me

  5. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Couldn’t do it The story was predictable due to the poor writing regarding character development. Emma is an FBI agent who is very weak and ignorant in her job, how she became an agent is beyond me. She doesn’t have any fighting skills, she pieces things together far too slowly, and the relationship she gets into *eye-roll*. It’s such cheesy writing, the fact she meets the guy and then is practically in love with him in two days when she’s supposed to be this “determined to prove myself” FBI agen Couldn’t do it The story was predictable due to the poor writing regarding character development. Emma is an FBI agent who is very weak and ignorant in her job, how she became an agent is beyond me. She doesn’t have any fighting skills, she pieces things together far too slowly, and the relationship she gets into *eye-roll*. It’s such cheesy writing, the fact she meets the guy and then is practically in love with him in two days when she’s supposed to be this “determined to prove myself” FBI agent, is vomit inducing. I skimmed most of the book past 22% because I couldn’t eye roll anymore. The ending was awful too; a super slow beginning all developed to death in pointless conversation and then the end just brushes over the TRUE story? Blah, skip it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica Paré

    So I came across this book on kindle unlimited. I had never heard of the author before so had no idea what to expect as far as writing style. This book was amazing! It was quick to get through, kept you on your toes, and the mystery built until the very end. I loved the main character in this book. Emma was a great cop working under cover with the FBI. You get to see how it isn't just a man's job and she is very good at what she does. Usually when reading murder mystery type of books you can tel So I came across this book on kindle unlimited. I had never heard of the author before so had no idea what to expect as far as writing style. This book was amazing! It was quick to get through, kept you on your toes, and the mystery built until the very end. I loved the main character in this book. Emma was a great cop working under cover with the FBI. You get to see how it isn't just a man's job and she is very good at what she does. Usually when reading murder mystery type of books you can tell, or at least have a good idea, who the murderer is by halfway through the book. Not with this one! Cannot wait to get into the next book and see where her work brings her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan McGill

    Finished in just a couple of days! What would you do if you found a dead body on your porch…with your name written on the dead body’s hand!!!! A haunting mystery that a secret FBI agent is sent to uncover. Set in a little cabin in the woods (how fitting), town disappearances have left the town terrified but the agent intrigued!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    This story was a poorly written dud. Listening with TTS makes poor writing even more noticeable. Good storytelling and writing will have a rhythm and a flow, making TTS easy to listen to. A story poorly written makes for a jerking uncomfortable listening experience. 1 Not Good, Star. Listened with TTS. Clean. Foul Language.

  9. 4 out of 5

    L Cherry

    Creepy cabin mystery The beginning didn’t grab my attention like I had hoped, but after sticking with it for a couple of chapters it really got interesting. The cabin was creepy enough to get the suspense kicked off. 3.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    3.5 stars I did find this book very entertaining and engaging but it was missing…things. There were a few things mentioned in the book that were never followed up on and I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. With that being said, it was still a good book and I’m going to give the second book in the series a chance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Landmark

    This woman is supposed to be an FBI agent?? Oh, my! From the opening scenes, when she totally bungled an undercover operation and let her emotions get the better of her, she struck me as a very inept, immature and not too intelligent agent. Her actions in Feathered Nest in another undercover operation did not disabuse me of that opinion whatsoever. Again, she let her emotions control her and bullied her way into the investigation in a manner that was guaranteed to arouse the suspicions and ire of This woman is supposed to be an FBI agent?? Oh, my! From the opening scenes, when she totally bungled an undercover operation and let her emotions get the better of her, she struck me as a very inept, immature and not too intelligent agent. Her actions in Feathered Nest in another undercover operation did not disabuse me of that opinion whatsoever. Again, she let her emotions control her and bullied her way into the investigation in a manner that was guaranteed to arouse the suspicions and ire of the local police and citizens of the small town. She made a lot, and I mean, a lot, of very stupid and unwise decisions. What kind of FBI agent does not have a weapon and bumbles her way around dark, unfamiliar woods with only a phone when there is a dangerous serial killer out there somewhere? Her confrontation with the person she unequivocally suspected was the killer was not the way I would have expected an FBI agent to act even if she was supposedly just an ordinary citizen. I have to say, I did like the way she stood up against the bullying, intimidating attitude of the local police chief because he did act like a total jerk. But, her bull-in-a-china shop method of insinuating herself into the investigation certainly contributed a great deal to such an attitude from him. As a supposedly seasoned agent, she definitely should not have fallen so quickly for Jake after only a few short days of knowing him. Again, those darn, pesky emotions got in the way of rational, intelligent thinking. I'm not fond of instant love/lust relationships in books, anyway, so this was just another nail in the coffin of my disappointment. The mystery of the dead man on Emma's porch at the beginning of her stay in Feathered Nest was left dangling and unsolved at the end. Perhaps it will all be made known in the next book, but I don't think I can muster up enough enthusiasm to find out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kira Petty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book follows Emma Griffin. This is the first mission she’s had still she totally fucked up the other one and was put on desk duty for six months. She goes to a small town in Virginia called Feathered Nest where over the past two years (or more) eight people have disappeared or were found dead. Emma has been sent in to go undercover and figure out what happened since the local police are refusing help from the FBI. But in the first five minutes of her being in the rented cabin, she rented a This book follows Emma Griffin. This is the first mission she’s had still she totally fucked up the other one and was put on desk duty for six months. She goes to a small town in Virginia called Feathered Nest where over the past two years (or more) eight people have disappeared or were found dead. Emma has been sent in to go undercover and figure out what happened since the local police are refusing help from the FBI. But in the first five minutes of her being in the rented cabin, she rented a knock sounds on the door. When she opens the door a man falls down dead on the porch of the cabin with a note in his hand and the note has Emma’s name on it. Now let us get into this review: Emma Griffin She is the main character and the worst FBI agent in the world. She lets her emotions get the better of her and bullies her way into situations she has no right to be in the first place. She has no control over her emotions and forms a relationship with the bar owner in town after about a week of knowing him. She also has a hatred for all things men. She thinks they are all out to get her and assert their dominance over her. She’s the only character to care about because the rest of the characters suck. Not that she’s any better you just get stuck reading the book from her POV. The Plot Why is it a common theme in mystery books following women to have all the men in the book out to get them just for being apart of the force? That all men think women are too emotional for the job and won’t be able to handle it. I understand that to a certain point this happens in real life but I feel books push the narrative that it will happen no matter what. The main problem with this book is Emma proves just that Emma is far too emotional to be an FBI agent. The book starts with Emma and a few other agents undercover to try and get a killer to confess he's killings without knowing it. You’re thrown into a scene where Emma loses her shit on the guy she’s supposed to be getting close to and beating the living hell out of him. She blows the whole mission. Then you found out later she wasn’t supposed to be a part of this mission in the first place. She forces her way in. Then almost get everyone killed. So she gets put on desk duty. Because she’s nuts. Fast forward six months and she sitting on a train heading to Feathered Nest to go deep undercover. The FBI knows that all of the disappearances are linked together (because reasons) and the local police are refusing the FBI's help. So Emma is supposed to go in. Gather all the information they need to make a case and arrest the killer. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong. Emma is at her cabin all of five minutes when there’s a knock on her door and when she opens it a guy drops dead on her front porch. He has a note in his hand with her name on it. She takes the note and hides before the police show up. Then synopsis of this book makes you think just dead man is going to come up more in the book. He doesn't, at least not in a big enough away to be mentioned in the book synopsis. She’s then taken down to the station to be asked a few questions about what happened and is told that she can’t go home because they need to move the body, blah, blah, blah. So, she goes to the bar in town, Teddy’s, and meets the bar owner, Jake. She then pretends like she doesn’t know about the disappearances and starts asking questions. She does this a lot. She acts like she's just there to be there and then interrogates people. You know, like a cop. Now we move into Emma forming a relationship in the short span of four or so days with Jake. They kiss and he helps introduce her to the people of the town (convenient huh?). We get a lot of Emma calling her friends and giving us the same inner monologue about the missing people (I’m assuming this is her trying to work through the case) but she never comes to new conclusions. She also takes a lot of walks through the dark woods by herself. Then Jake’s dad’s grave is dug up. You learn all of this backstory about Jake’s father being this nobleman. Then the police find the bones in some old man shed in his backyard that was Jake’s father’s best friend. Somewhere in all of this, the police ask Emma if she recognizes the name of the man that died on her porch and that he was staying in a hotel three towns over. This is where we get a lot of Chief LaRoche (of Feathered Nest) questioning Emma why she can’t just stay out of the open investigations when she just moved to town. Emma responses with throwing questions in his face and trying to force him to answer her questions. No one knows she’s an FBI agent but she’s walking around and asking questions like she has power over everyone. Because she doesn't use her head. She pressures the hotel desk lady into showing her security footage and other things because she's an asshole. Then comes back later and steals the book of all the people that have check-in and out of the hotel. Making herself a thief! Then Emma decides with everything that she’s found (which isn’t much) that Chief LaRoche is the killer and then uses everything in her power to make everything else fit into that narrative. Poor FBI work if you ask me. Then Jake disappears but you know by the fifty percent mark that Jake is the killer because it was really obvious, Emma is just really stupid. She loses her mind over his disappearance, tells Cheif LaRoche that she thinks his the killer (like what) and when he proves in every day that he is very much NOT the killer she wanders off into the woods happening upon an old house. This the part of the story where Emma doesn’t figure anything out, she stumbles upon all of the missing people. Jake gives this ha, ha, I’m the killer here’s my awful backstory speech. The only reason Emma is found is because of an email she was trying to send finally sent when she had a signal. By the end of the book, Emma is the hero even though she didn’t actually solve anything and the only thing you find out about the dead dude on her porch is that he knew her parents (who are dead and missing). This book was a mess, to say the least. I was really pulled in by the synopsis of this book on Amazon but it did not deliver in any way, shape, or form.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This started out a bit slow for me, but once things got going, I could hardly put it down. The storyline was interesting and engaging, and although I had my suspicions throughout, the ending was still gripping where many other murder mysteries fall flat.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katie Henry

    4.5 stars! An ending I didn’t see coming!

  15. 5 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    Exceptional Thriller ! This might be the only murder/thriller on my favorites list . I won't go on about it for fear of a minor spoiler . Not a great book to help with your insomnia .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mack

    While I did enjoy the story line of the book, the title was not indicative of what I felt was going to be a girl not Emma Griffin an experience FBI agent who was staying in Cabin 13 only because her agency rented it for her. I know it's picky but it's just my opinion. Emma has fallen from grace due to her actions on a previous case and now she has the opportunity to prove her worth by going undergroud to investigate the disappearence and deaths of people in and around Feathered Nest a small town While I did enjoy the story line of the book, the title was not indicative of what I felt was going to be a girl not Emma Griffin an experience FBI agent who was staying in Cabin 13 only because her agency rented it for her. I know it's picky but it's just my opinion. Emma has fallen from grace due to her actions on a previous case and now she has the opportunity to prove her worth by going undergroud to investigate the disappearence and deaths of people in and around Feathered Nest a small town in the middle of nowhere. Once settled in at the remote cabin in the woods she hears a knock at the door and when she opens it, a man with a blood soaked shirt collapses in a dead heap. She contacts the local police department who begin their investigation while plying her for what amounts to nothing as she has no idea who the victim is. As she attempts to blend in as a newcomer and not set off too many red flags she befriends a local Tavern owner Jake Logan who over time smooths the way for her to fit in as she hides the fact from him her actual reason for being there. She locks horns with the local law enforcement as they resent any interference with what they feel is non of Emma's business. As Emma's investigation ramps up and she follows clues, some are bizarre and others complicated leading up to a convuluted ending that will most likely send her back into the FBI fold to be put back to work in the field rather than riding the desk.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Suspense filled and lots of drama. Kept me guess and I surely did not see that ending in any capacity. Great job.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darla C. James

    VERY DISAPPOINTED I hate it when I think an author is a really good wordsmith but, in this story at least, a poor character developer....kindest way I know to express my disappointment. This had great potential in the initial set-up....but then the story wasn't remotely plausible due to the main character. In the thousands of books I've read I really don't think I've ever read a character as flat-out stupid....yes, stupid...as Emma was. At about 70% through I almost gave it up....I mean, the vill VERY DISAPPOINTED I hate it when I think an author is a really good wordsmith but, in this story at least, a poor character developer....kindest way I know to express my disappointment. This had great potential in the initial set-up....but then the story wasn't remotely plausible due to the main character. In the thousands of books I've read I really don't think I've ever read a character as flat-out stupid....yes, stupid...as Emma was. At about 70% through I almost gave it up....I mean, the villain was obvious and the secondary characters were just as malnourished in believability in order to facilitate Emma's actions. I kept at it because I'm ever hopeful, the actual writing and editing was good, and I'm just stubborn to my detriment in terms of finishing books. At my age I become more and more aware of wasting time. I suggest, if logic matters to you, skip this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    karin whitehead

    I received this book through ARC in exchange of an honest review. Emma Griffith has baggage, lots of it. That's what brings her into the FBI as an undercover agent, only Emma let's her baggage engage her reckless actions. Reckless or hot headed, either motivate her. She's working a tough case, tough in her motives, actions and life. She's gritty, tough, and tries to do it all, her way. I found the author writes well, keeps you guessing, flipping pages quickly to get to the meat of the story. Cha I received this book through ARC in exchange of an honest review. Emma Griffith has baggage, lots of it. That's what brings her into the FBI as an undercover agent, only Emma let's her baggage engage her reckless actions. Reckless or hot headed, either motivate her. She's working a tough case, tough in her motives, actions and life. She's gritty, tough, and tries to do it all, her way. I found the author writes well, keeps you guessing, flipping pages quickly to get to the meat of the story. Characters are well developed, as is the the story line. Will be looking for more from this terrific writer!.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love a good murder mystery. Always my favorite and I can not put them done til I know who did it. @a.j._rivers The Girl In Cabin 13 had me hooked from the start and had me guessing til the very end. Her writing style flows smoothy with no unnecessary information or details. Exactly what you want in a book. Glad there are 5 more books in the series and waiting for them to arrive.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie Farrer

    Great story! I really enjoyed this first book in the Emma Griffin series. I've already downloaded book 2. I love finding new authors and AJ Rivers will surely be a permanent name on my "must read" list.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I figured it out way too soon. Disappointing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Ann

    Slow start to the book, but holy smokes I was on the edge of my seat on the last half of the book. Emma was a phenomenal character but seemed to not be in the right mindset for this book. It appears as though she had her own personal deaths to attempt in understanding and was thrown into a project than anticipated. Can’t wait to continue to read the rest of the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You can begin to figure out that something is wrong about Jake about two thirds of the way through. And boy is there ever something wrong with me. Totally mental.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauri Hallett Drake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Poorly written and so unrealistic. Also, I'm not sure if I missed it but the big premise of the book was the stranger who showed up on her doorstep and then died while clinging to a piece of paper with her name on it. Who was he really? It had nothing to do with the story? How did he really die? How did he know her real identity? What did this have to do with story at all?? Maybe I missed it in trying to get to the end of the book quickly to end the pain of reading anymore of this story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MARCIA A. BRODERICK

    If you are a fan of good, well-written mysteries that have you guessing right up until the end, do not waste your money on The Girl in Cabin 13. The author expects us to believe that an FBI agent would act like a silly, adolescent girl, would confront a police chief with loud, obnoxious accusations, would immediately strike up a romance with the first man she meets while on a case, and any number of other ridiculous acts that had me gagging. I only finished it because I had nothing else to read If you are a fan of good, well-written mysteries that have you guessing right up until the end, do not waste your money on The Girl in Cabin 13. The author expects us to believe that an FBI agent would act like a silly, adolescent girl, would confront a police chief with loud, obnoxious accusations, would immediately strike up a romance with the first man she meets while on a case, and any number of other ridiculous acts that had me gagging. I only finished it because I had nothing else to read and it was short. Enough said.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allison Jarvi

    This is the first time I have read A.J. Rivers and I will be reading her books in the future! This story is gritty and exciting. There were also a lot of twists in the story. I highly recommend it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would say that reading “The Girl in Cabin 13” felt like reading a Nancy Drew book, but comparing Emma to Nancy Drew would be a grave insult. To Nancy. I don’t even know where to start with this one. Props to the author for writing an indie book with no major errors (hence the two stars) and just some plot holes (like um, not figuring out who the dead guy on the porch was!?!). And why are we calling Emma a girl - isn’t she supposed to be a grown ass FBI woman? AND last but not least, I guessed I would say that reading “The Girl in Cabin 13” felt like reading a Nancy Drew book, but comparing Emma to Nancy Drew would be a grave insult. To Nancy. I don’t even know where to start with this one. Props to the author for writing an indie book with no major errors (hence the two stars) and just some plot holes (like um, not figuring out who the dead guy on the porch was!?!). And why are we calling Emma a girl - isn’t she supposed to be a grown ass FBI woman? AND last but not least, I guessed the killer the second this person was introduced soo.... For starters, it seems unrealistic that Emma would be sent to this town without any backup in place. She just checks in with her BFFs (Nancy is that you?!) and runs around not doing much of anything. She’s a terrible agent too. Leaving her pictures out where anyone could see them, not being more suspicious about the cabin, not having a better cover story, this list goes on. If she had just been a private citizen trying to solve this crime for some reason it would have been significantly more believable but come on, an FBI agent? The ending was just too much. Crazy psycho killer, basement with no service, almost escaping like three times and STILL needing help. What started out as a decent plot just got weighed down in the ridiculous melodrama. And like I said, the killer was very guessable. It sounds like the dead guy at the beginning and more of Emma’s background will be discussed in later books. I wish the author hadn’t set that up so far in advance because I didn’t get any answers and I’m not going to reading any more of these. Nice try but it just didn’t do it for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen Borden

    This book had so many flaws. Emma is supposed to be a veteran FBI Agent. She messed up one assignment, sat at a desk for 6 mos, and is now given a case all on her own? Not likely. She snoops, she questions, she gets yelled at. Ok. She goes into a sub-basement room with a new door and is surprised when it shuts behind her, locking her in? Whatever. Not the “thriller” is hyped as.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hamann

    The Girl in Cabin 13 isn’t an extremely well written character. She’s your average “not like other girls” girl and the author smatters in some “social media is poison” in writing her. Emma isn’t exactly someone I want to be friends with, but her friends are, and while vaguely annoying, she’s an amusing narrator. None of the characters are particularly deep, aside from his villain, and some situations and events are very much just Dexter. That being said, I have a feeling that these characters wi The Girl in Cabin 13 isn’t an extremely well written character. She’s your average “not like other girls” girl and the author smatters in some “social media is poison” in writing her. Emma isn’t exactly someone I want to be friends with, but her friends are, and while vaguely annoying, she’s an amusing narrator. None of the characters are particularly deep, aside from his villain, and some situations and events are very much just Dexter. That being said, I have a feeling that these characters will develop more later. Emma is not a particularly good FBI agent, nor even a good investigator, which makes you question how she managed to get into the FBI at all, but also serves to make you frustrated with her character at times, urging her to keep going and follow her instincts. All in all, the mystery behind this book was compelling and the author does well to make me actually want to read the next one. The mystery is well pieced together and though I had a hunch about the killer that proved true, his motives weren’t easily guessed and the web of lies told is intricate and fascinating. Things unravel fairly neatly, except for one thing, that brings us to the next book. The real saving grace of any book that isn’t stellar is the author. The writing style flows well and is far from boring. There’s enough description to picture everything without getting bored in the details, and the dialogue is natural and makes sense for every character (no matter the opinion of them). It was compelling enough to finish in a day and not really ever completely put down, though I mostly read it at work and after dinner, and I’m definitely interested to see where Emma’s story goes.

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