Friday 19 July 2013

Book Impressions - Abandon by Blake Crouch

This is a decent horror story. A century ago everyone from the town of Abandon mysteriously dissapeared. No trace of the inhabitants was ever found. The story follows two timelines, the first is set in the modern day with a team investigating the ghost town and the other tells the story of the town and its citizens and the events leading up to the vanishing.

Both timelines are well wrtten, but I enjoyed the historical thread more. This was the less predictable of the two and also had more interesting characters. That's not to say the modern thread was bad, it just didn't stand out as well.

As I say it's a good story. It starts off slowly but builds pace well and as you reach the end it's roaring along. The mystery of the disappearences is interesting and has a quite a satisfying explanation. It also has some creepy moments (which is always good). The author also writes action well and the scene setting was excellent, especially the mountain scenes.

I was quite pleased by how it led me through the story, there was some nice false trails to follow and it kept my interest going. Overall I enjoyed reading this, a recommended read.

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 that 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.

Abandon is available from Amazon

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