Abandon by Blake Crouch
Published: July 7, 2009
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Good Reads Description:
On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins – and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town, so they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic and a paranormal photographer, as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
I’ll start off by saying that the publisher’s synopsis is sort of inaccurate or at least a tad bit deceiving. When I read the original summary, I assumed this would be a ghost story of sorts or at least deal with the supernatural at some point. It doesn’t. At all. Which was totally fine with me, but if you are specifically looking for that type of story and think this will fit the bill due to the synopsis, you’ll be disappointed.
The reason I picked up this book was because of the author. I read Blake Crouch’s series, Wayward Pines, and absolutely loved that and figured I’d give this one a go. I will say that it was a bit of a slow start for me. The first half of the book was good, just a tad slow and I found myself only mildly interested. Then, about half way through…the story just catapulted into awesomeness for me. At that point, I didn’t want to put it down.
I will say that sometimes his writing style can feel somewhat different. Sometimes I think he writes certain parts of the story with an almost ambiguous feel. Like…he doesn’t usually come out and say that someone was shot, stabbed, etc…he just sort of infers it and then in the next sentence, he’ll tell you that the person died. So, if you aren’t careful it’s easy to miss the inference and become slightly confused if you read too fast through it. Because of this…there were a few paragraphs that I had to reread. But that didn’t make me enjoy the story any less.
Where this book shines is in plot rather than character development. The plot was was fun, mysterious and engaging with quite a few twists and turns. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read for me and solidifies why I am a fan of Black Crouch’s work.