The Girl in Cabin 13

Emma Griffin FBI Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Claire Duncan
Series: Emma Griffin FBI Mystery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 listened to as a stand-alone.

©2019 A.J. Rivers (P)2020 A.J. Rivers

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Interesting

The Girl In Cabin 13 by A.J. Rivers was an exciting book to listen too. Now even though I said that doesn’t mean that I loved everything about the book. I figured out who the killer was pretty quick into the book, which let me down because this book did have quite a few things that I love in books. So many items in this book are rushed, and at times they don’t make much sense. If you listen to this book because you love strong female leads, this isn’t the book for you. I spent a bunch of time wondering how Emma got her job with the FBI and how she hasn’t gotten killed or fired because of all the insane things she does and says throughout the book. I did enjoy the narrator of this book. Her voice seemed like someone I had listened to before. I will, for sure, listen to more books by her because she made me want to listen to this book. As I said before, I did enjoy about half of the book, and if you are looking for a mystery book that isn’t intense and that has a main character who always creates more problems for her self I would listen to this book, but if you get annoyed with idiot characters than I would skip this book. FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Audiobookworm in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

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Too wordy

Not the thriller I had expected! The narrator’s voice just didn’t seem like the right fit

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Not my favorite.

This is really redundant and it’s hard to focus on the story line. Also the dialog is really bad and it’s hard to even take it seriously or invest in the story. It’s not well done and a lot of the conversations aren’t very meaningful.

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An Interesting Listen!

This is the perfect book for an audiobook! I mean, it is spooky season, and thriller/crime books are obviously a must, and listening to them on audiobook just amps it up a level. I mean why read about killers when you can listen to stories about them (and I mean, with everyone's obsession with true crime podcasts audiobooks are clearly the next step). Now, this was an extremely enjoyable book, but there were some things that had me hesitating. Mostly it was our main characters.... lack of almost common sense? And for an FBI agent that is almost certainly an accident waiting to happen. BUT, that also meant that there was plenty of drama on top of the already wild plot. So, while it was a slight drawback I still wildly enjoyed this story. So stick with this one because it does get intense and wild a few chapters in and your mind will be working through all of the clues throughout the book! Since this is a series I cannot wait to dive into book two! I'm especially looking forward to how/if Emma develops throughout the next installment! But if you're in the mood for a crime story that you can just sit back and enjoy then this is a great selection! So kick back with all the spooky season comforts and get ready to try and solve a murder case!

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Outstanding Crime/Thriller for Adults!

The Girl in Cabin 13 was a captivating tale of violence, crime, and deception. It is a fast moving mystery/thriller which is certain to capture and maintain ones interest from the first page to the last. Emma is a spirited FBI agent who tends to "cross the line" and cause disruption her supervisor is forced to deal with. After receiving disciplinary action, Emma was given the opportunity to redeem herself with what may be the biggest case of her life. Will she again "cross the line" becoming too personally involved? The characters are well defined and the events are graphically described. It is easy for the reader to feel a part of the story. The Title and Cover image are both very "fitting". Narrator, Clare Duncan, did an excellent job in her narration performance. READER BEWARE: There are several words of profanity used.

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Truly startling big reveal

3.5 STARS. Audio Book Review: When I first heard about The Girl in Cabin 13, I was captivated by the title and then really drawn to the book’s cover and the synopsis. The book starts off with a bang and puts us right into chaos and danger, introducing our main character, who’s clearly pushing the limits and who seems on the edge of being emotionally unhinged. As an FBI agent, there are harsh consequences for her actions, and the real story of The Girl in Cabin 13 picks up there. But the reader remembers… The story is told through main character Emma’s point-of-view, and it alternates between the present and flashbacks of her difficult past. She’s had a rough life and bad luck, and she hasn’t reconciled much of it. Add to that the lack of closure to some horrifying life events, and readers understand the basis for some of her motivations and behaviors. (It feels like these flashbacks will be important to know down the road, in future books.) Author A.J. Rivers is to be commended for writing that effectively manipulates readers’ feelings; for example, in Emma, we feel sympathetic, maybe even empathetic, while also finding her immensely irritating in her immaturity and lack of professionalism. Emma doesn’t fit the profile for an FBI agent, acting impulsively, being careless, withholding evidence, showing her cards instead of staying low-key, and forgetting that everyone is a suspect, whether they seem nice or not. This is problematic for me because I expect an FBI agent to be sharper and cleverer than Emma is shown to be. If the FBI agent moniker were removed, and Emma was a journalist or amateur sleuth – or even a former FBI agent (which is realistically what she should be), the story would have worked better. There are other issues I have with character responses not being realistic for the situations, and there’s an awkward info-dump from the killer to explain to readers why this person has done these horrible things. While there’s not a lot of mystery around the identity of the killer, author A.J. Rivers adds some unexpected twists and the big reveal is truly startling. Seriously: it’s unique, nose-wriggling, and macabre, and Rivers gives just the right description to it. Plus, the action really ramps up in the last quarter of the story, so readers will be on the edge of their seat, right up to the finish. It is important for the reader to remember that The Girl in Cabin 13 is a series starter and as such, there are numerous questions that go unanswered, scenes and characters that seem important but aren’t shown to be, and loose ends that aren’t neatly tied up. So while there is a good stand-alone case that’s resolved within this first book, it doesn’t have the satisfaction of a stand-alone book. My recommendation is that if you decide to read it, either be willing to commit to the series or be willing to let go of the niggling things that don’t add up. ABOUT THE NARRATION: I have nothing but love for narrator Claire Duncan. Her pacing is perfect and allowed me to listen at regular speed, and her performances of the various characters keeps their voices all unique. She lends the right amount of emotion to the characters to perfectly complement Rivers’ writing. The recording has no glitches and is professionally done. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Duncan.

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So many twists!

Wow. What a great beginning to the series. Emma Griffin's story has so many complex layers to it. The writing is fantastic. I was intrigued from page one till the end. Lots of twists to keep the reader guessing. ​Claire Duncan was great as the narrator and I really enjoyed her take on the characters.

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A good mystery with great suspense

I’m always a sucker for FBI books. Insert The Girl in Cabin 13! It’s a good mystery with great suspense that’ll keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Told in first person point of view, author A.J. Rivers takes you deep into the mindset of embattled FBI Agent Emma Griffin. Good plot, characters that jump off the page, and a narrator that delivers a solid audiobook. Recommended! 

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Great suspense book!

WOW! This story was amazing! The narrator truly brought this story to life. I had to adjust the speed because I needed to know what was going to happen next and just who was responsible for all the dead bodies. The story was written smoothly and flowed easily, keeping me entertained the whole time. I cannot wait to listen to the next book!

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Good intriguing plot.For Emma she goes undercover to find out what is going on in this small town. Only to find a dead body on her doorstep. Then her past with the disappearances of loved ones come up. Enjoyed the narration by Claire. Given audio for my voluntary review

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  • 09-23-20

Absolutely loved it!

I was hooked to this audiobook within minutes of starting it and had to listen to it in one sitting.  Emma was a little naive to be an FBI agent but this was her first case being back after some leave and it started off with quite a surprise, arriving at her cabin undercover to find a dead man in her porch. I liked the investigating throughout this book, the chilling things that happened, the cabin seemed quite eerie and I was shocked at who the murderer turned out to be, they were not even on my radar! That twist was so good, although creepy too. The narrator made this audiobook come alive, she had a fantastic voice, and drew me into Emma’s world. I don’t give 5 stars very often but this audiobook definitely deserves it!

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  • Sara
  • 09-23-20

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So The Girl in Cabin 13 started out strong. I went back-and-forth between feeling intrigued by the storyline and irked frequently by FBI agent Emma Griffin. She's an FBI agent, I get it, she's undercover but she flounders nearly as much as she excels. Instead of her seeming like one of those female agents that rock the entire case, she seems slightly inexperienced. Saying all that, I can't help that I was seriously into the story and the mystery. I can't figure out who is lying and who isn't. I enjoy stories that I can't put together so I find myself looking forward to the next audiobook... The Girl that Vanished is up next. I’m hoping for some answers! I liked the narrator though. Claire Duncan did a good job pulling off a strong woman. For as many negatives as Emma has, she is a strong and fierce agent. Duncan was able to portray her attitude and mannerisms pretty well.