Abandon

Written by: Blake Crouch

Recommended by: Jana DeLeon

Price at the time of purchase: $.99

Genre: Horror

Give a brief description of the story:

On Christmas Day in 1893, every single occupant of a remote mining town disappeared—belongings left behind and partially-eaten meals on tables. Today, two backcountry guides lead a history professor, a journalist and two paranormal investigators to the abandoned town in an attempt to discover what happened all those years ago.

But they’re not the only occupants of Abandon. And with a blizzard bearing down on them, they’re trapped in the town, forced to fight for their existence.

What do you think the author did particularly well?

The author was skillful at weaving the flashbacks to 1893 with the current day events in a way that gave the reader information but kept you guessing as to the ultimate explanation of what happened in Abandon then, what was happening in Abandon now, and how the two were intertwined.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

I loved the creepy tone of the book in the beginning of the story. It had a Peter Straub feel to it. I wish that tone would have carried throughout the story, but it slipped more to a suspense feel than horror.

Fans of adventure thrillers/suspense that weave legend into current day, like Indiana Jones but darker, will enjoy this book.

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