Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Club: Abandon

I have no idea how I stumbled across this little gem!

I think it may have been a middle-of-the-night impulse purchase. In any event, this book was absolutely fantastic! A total page-turner, I think I finished it in less than 48 hours. 

Abandon, by Blake Crouch, tells the haunting story of a tiny backwoods town in Colorado. On Christmas Day in 1893, every man woman and child in the 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 back country guides, a history professor, a journalist, a psychic and a paranormal photographer hike up to the abandoned town to learn what happened. Twenty miles from civilization and in the midst of a blizzard, the group soon learns that they are not alone, and that the past is very much alive.

I don't typically choose thriller-type books, but I'm so glad that I picked this one up! Abandon tells two parallel stories, moving seamlessly between 1893 and present day using alternating chapters. Crouch's amazing characterization really brought each person, as well as the town itself, to life. Both narratives have plenty of action — chasing, shooting, stabbing, and double-crossing, and most of the adventures take place while trudging through the snow in blizzard conditions.

The story truly doesn't stop — page after page is filled with constant action, obstacles, pressure and plot twists. I actually had no idea it was such a long book (more than 500 pages) until after it was all over. Abandon is creepy, horrific, and filled with intensity. It left my mind spinning about what I had read for weeks to come.

I highly recommend it!

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