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Abandon by Blake Crouch Review

Title: Abandon

Author: Blake Crouch

First published January 1, 2009

521 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 3.72


From the mind of Blake Crouch, the bestselling author of the Wayward Pines trilogy, comes a heart-pounding thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. In the year 1893, the residents of a rural gold-mining town vanished without a trace, leaving behind their homes and their lives.

One hundred and sixteen years later, a group of adventurers embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind the disappearance. Led by a renowned history professor and his daughter, they venture deep into the wilderness, hoping to reveal the secrets of the past.

But as they draw closer to their destination, they realize that they are not alone. Something is waiting for them in the abandoned town, and it’s not happy about being disturbed.

With a blizzard approaching and no way out, the group must uncover the chilling truth behind the town’s mysterious disappearance before it’s too late.

About the Author

Meet Blake Crouch: a talented writer and screenwriter with a bestselling track record. His upcoming novel, Dark Matter, is eagerly anticipated and he’s currently penning the screenplay for Sony Pictures.

Blake’s Wayward Pines trilogy was so successful it was adapted into a TV series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan.

In fact, it was the most watched show of Summer 2015. He’s also the creator of Good Behavior, the TNT series starring Michelle Dockery, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas.

Blake has written over a dozen novels, translated into more than 30 languages, and his short stories have appeared in respected publications like Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He and his family reside in Colorado.

Editoral Review

Abandon by Blake Crouch is an intense and gripping thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Crouch is a talented author known for his ability to create complex characters and plot twists that keep readers engaged until the very end.

Abandon is no exception, as it weaves a web of mystery and suspense that will leave readers turning pages late into the night. The novel follows the story of three brothers who grew up in a small town in Colorado.

Ethan, the oldest, is the only one who has managed to escape the town and build a successful life for himself. His younger brothers, Gary and Jack, are still in the town, struggling to make ends meet.

When Ethan receives a distressing message from Gary, he returns to the town to investigate. What he discovers is a web of lies, secrets, and hidden agendas that threaten to destroy everything he has worked so hard to achieve.

Crouch’s writing style is fast-paced and engaging, with vivid descriptions that bring the town and its inhabitants to life. The characters are flawed and complex, with each one harboring their own secrets and motivations.

The plot is full of twists and turns, keeping readers guessing until the very end. One of the strengths of Abandon is its exploration of the complex relationships between siblings.

Each brother has their own personality and struggles, but they are bound together by blood and a shared history. Crouch delves into the dynamics of sibling relationships, highlighting the ways in which they can simultaneously support and sabotage each other.

However, there are a few weaknesses in Abandon. The pacing can be uneven at times, with some scenes feeling rushed while others drag on too long.

Additionally, some of the plot twists can feel forced or contrived, taking away from the overall impact of the novel. Despite these flaws, Abandon is a thrilling read that is sure to satisfy fans of the thriller genre.

Its exploration of sibling relationships and small-town politics adds depth to the story, while the fast-paced plot and complex characters keep readers engaged. While it may not be Crouch’s strongest work, Abandon is still a solid addition to his canon.

For fans of thrillers, mysteries, and complex family dramas, Abandon is a must-read. It explores important themes and issues, while keeping readers engaged with its gripping plot and well-crafted characters.

While it may not be a perfect novel, it is certainly a strong one, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling and thought-provoking read. The Washington Post gives Abandon a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

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