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 sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, 20 miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
Revised edition: This edition of Abandon includes editorial revisions.
©2015 Blake Crouch (P)2016 Blake Crouch
I don't know what I was expecting... Supernatural? Monsters? Not sure. What I got was two interwoven stories with well rounded characters and enough interest to fill three novels. No spoilers here , it's just exceptional. Atmospheric, immersive. Listen somewhere warm.
After Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines Trilogy Blake has set the bar very high indeed. in my view this is a great story, complex, twisting, and interlinking well. but... it's still not his best work. but it's still very welcome in my collection. thanks Blake
"Good but not what I expected."
If this had been the first Crouch book I had read I think I would be singing praises. Do not get me wrong it has a great plot and interesting characters but I kept waiting for the supernatural or bizarre to happen. My bad. It is worth reading. Good mystery and a few plot twists.
This book was interesting enough that I made it all the way through, but frustrating, because I kept wishing it would end.
The best part of this story was the amazing, creative swearing attributed to the late 1800s. I wonder if the author created it or used references from period literature to make it authentic. Fun, in any case.
This is a 9-hour morality play whose message is that "Greed corrupts." I felt like the story went on too long. The protagonists made too many unrealistic choices, and just when the story should've been winding down, yet another layer of evil was revealed. By the end I was exhausted.
The performance, however, was excellent.
"Story very good but the language was horrid "
If liked the story. The characters were well developed. The story line was very interesting. The constant foul language was not needed. It wish authors could write a book without Every sentence laden with horrid langauge. A few words would be good enough to show the three different characters.
"Wnated it to be so much more"
For a free book I would give this 5 stars, then I realized that is not the way to do it. So on the merits of the book alone and not cost, it gets a 3. I did like the time travel part of the story telling and the characters were well developed but the twist at the end was just over the top.
It is pretty much the same, lots of "gotcha" moments but that is tiresome after 12 hours
The town folk in the mineshaft
The book is not bad, I just felt like it had real potential to be great and it missed the mark
"The Terrible Christmas Gift"
It was Christmas Eve when it happened. But nobody now knew just what that was. How could everybody in a town just up and disappear without a trace. Uneaten means on the table, clothes in the closets, etc.
Having listened to the good red Road short story I wish that it had been included in the main story. Othe came to life.
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