Book Review: The Shuddering

06.18.2013 | 47North
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Ryan Adler and his twin sister, Jane, spent their happiest childhood days at their parent’s mountain Colorado cabin, until divorce tore their family apart. Now, with the house about to be sold, the Adler twins have arranged a gathering with their closest friends for one last snowboarding-filled holiday. Things are no longer the same at the cabin. Something is lurking in the forest, watching the cabin, growing bolder as the snow falls. After a blizzard leaves the group stranded, they must decide if they’re ready to face the creatures in the woods or else surrender to death.

I absolutely love atmospheric horror stories and THE SHUDDERING shines through as the reader is transported into an isolated cabin in the snowy Colorado mountains. This is the perfect horror movie style setting that instantly makes the reader tense and worried that something could happen to our cast of characters. Add in a creature feature and you have the recipe for one heart-pounding story! 

Ahlborn has created a cast of characters who are at times unlikeable, but remain relatable as they navigate how to survive the terror at their doorstep. The tension! The bad decisions! I’m always the person lecturing actors in a horror movie and that completely translated to this book. The creatures our cast is forced to face seem to be on the hunt for food…human food. Ahlborn doesn’t provide overly detailed descriptions of the creatures, but it’s enough for the reader to form an image in their mind and easily feel the terror coursing through our cast. 

THE SHUDDERING is a classic isolated cabin the woods horror story that will leave you sitting at the edge of your seat while you read!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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