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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  9,871 Ratings  ·  1,011 Reviews
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 they can learn ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bethany Straws Pines is his best that I've read so far, but I have liked all the ones I have read by Blake Crouch.
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Nov 25, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
AWESOME that is the only way to describe Blake Crouch Abandon he is the absolute genius of this genre his characterisation is superb the nasty characters brought the plot to life throw in a few nice guys makes it even better.

this novel shows what greed can do to everyone of us it also decides who lives who dies who pays the consequences I took my time to read this taking everything in it goes back to 1893 to 1980 which made it a bit difficult for me but VERY enjoyable at the same time.

Crystal Craig
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Dec 30, 2010 Lea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to bash my head in with a pickaxe it was so plodding despite the REALLY interesting plot. I literally one arm crawled my way through this ill written nightmare just so I could see how it ended, I was THAT interested. Never again, my friend. I forgot that I even read it until just now, getting back from Christmas, seeing it on my desk. Ooops. Giving it one star because somebody else should have taken that (fairly interesting) plot and made a better book. Yick.
I’m not much into thrillers. The tried-and-true thriller formula goes something like this: person disappears; detective is called; detective interviews people whose names you can’t keep straight; red herrings are tossed about; person is found, sometimes dead, sometimes alive. The end. If you want to read an outside-the-box thriller, then get in line for Blake Crouch’s Abandon.

Abandon is a parallel story that seamlessly moves from 1893 to the present day by use of alternating chapters. It begins

On Christmas Day in 1893 all the people in the gold-mining, mountain town of Abandon, Colorado vanished, leaving behind food laden tables and all their belongings. What can have happened to everyone?

Jump ahead to 2009. A small group of adventurers - toting food, tents and supplies - embarks for the ghost town of Abandon, to try to uncover what happened all those years ago. The expedition consists of Lawrence Kendall - a historian/history professor; Lawrence's estranged daughter Abigail Foster
Sep 23, 2014 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oye. After abandoning "Run" and finishing his "Pines" Trilogy, I think this will be the last I read of Blake Crouch for a long time. My biggest issue with this book is its description. It is the ultimate bait-and-switch that hints at supernatural elements that just aren't there. Take a look (spoilers):

"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
May 05, 2016 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know why it takes me a million years to finish a book these days but I blame it on work and life fatigue. Lame, I know…This book got me out of a bit of a slump simply because I was obsessed with finding out what happened next. Abandon is about human survival and something putting an end to it, very, very cruelly. Crouch is a master at making that honest character or two and also at creating some really twisted baddies waiting to take them down but reading this guy for a while I can tell ...more

5 "ABANDON captivating "stars

When Abigail Foster, a freelance journalist joins a group of enthusiasts who want to explore are search for answers to a mistery of a ghost town called Abandon, she never expected for the journey to end in a fight for pure survival.

Ahead lay agrassy lane, lined with rows of weather-beaten structures - all that was left of Abandon

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This story follows intertwined plots of events that happend on a Christmas day of 1893 and during the research expedition in 2009 neve
Mar 22, 2015 leslye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This story started out well enough with the disappearance of an entire town and the mystery surrounding it. At first I was thinking ghost story. Unfortunately what you get is a rather bland hostage, wilderness, survival story...and it seemed to go on forever! It was also one long weather report. By 100 pages in I was so sick of reading about snow, I nearly put the book aside. It was a struggle to complete and when I reached the predictable ending, I was just skimming through the last few chapter ...more
11811 (Eleven)
This one just didn't do it for me. It was a little too Scooby-Doo at times and I couldn't take it seriously. If Shaggy made a cameo and bit into a hash brownie it wouldn't have phased me.
Aug 27, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweeter-reads
Wow! Blake Crouch is fastly becoming my new favorite author. This book was an amazing blend of the past and the present; how they "collided", mirrored each other and caused unspeakable pain to innocent people. This book was filled with excitement, climbing terror, horrifying experiences, and plenty of twists and turns that can cause you to turn the pages faster and faster. Through Crouch's vivid descriptions of the brutal, snowy terrain, I felt like I was present in the story. These harsh condit ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abandon by Blake Crouch
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Abandon by Blake Crouch is by far one of the greatest Thrillers ever written. In this spring of many books being released there are going to be many to chose from, and this has to be the #1 book on your list. It is going to be huge and contend for every award out there. Blake is fairly new to the Thriller world with two books already, by far the best thrillers I have ever read until he wrote Abandon. He writes under the Thriller genre, but that does
Dec 29, 2009 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, mystery
I read this book as part of a buddy read, and wouldn't have picked it up if it hadn't been for that, what a loss that would have been for me. This book was fantastic!! It did start out a little slow, it flips between 1893 and present day. At first I wasn't sure what was going on, but then with the slowly dolling out of info I got sucked into the characters of 1893. Didn't really care for the present ones and thought to myself, well that is ok, as I liked the old ones, but then we were given some ...more
Quentin Wallace
Jun 11, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Blake Crouch from the WAYWARD PINES Series (and I've even written a few Wayword Pines stories for Amazon myself, shameless plug) so this was a treat to read some of his non-Pines work.

This story tells the tale of an old town called Abandon. The story jumps back and forth from modern times to the old west. There's a cache of gold supposedly buried somewhere in the town. So we get to see the origins of the cache from the 1800s, and we also get to see the story of the modern group sear
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book was hard to rate for me. I liked it and it kept my attention but then it just seemed choppy at times.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
My second wintry, mountain, horror story in two weeks.

In a small Colorado town of Abandon, we hear a tale of greed, murder, and lost treasure.

Blake Crouch does an excellent job of telling two consecutively running narratives; one in 1893 and the other in 2009.

Over 100 years may have passed, but not a lot has changed....

Side note:

The story does shift to a little mining town called Silverton, Colorado. I've been there! It's an amazing, historical, western town.

You can start in Durango and hop
Dec 24, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was feeling in a bit of a reading slump. I had nothing I was really looking forward to and the last few just didn't get me in that I-must-read-another-chapter mood. When I get that way, I know I have to read something from a short-list of authors who always manage to get me back to my regular reading ways. One of those authors is Blake Crouch.

When I first read the synopsis for Abandon, I thought it would be a ghost story, which is why I hadn't read it before now. This is NOT a ghost story but
Jul 19, 2014 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finally got around to reading Blake Crouch. He as an author and this book in particular has gathered some very impressive reviews, although the size of it has been putting me off for a while. Today I tackled it, took over 6 hours. Definitely impressive, although it did seem long, it read long, especially the first 3/5th or so. Toward the end it moved much faster. Abandon, the town most prophetically named, is a place where greed and madness make for most frightening companions, even the ...more
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$1.99 on Amazon: 7 MARCH 2016.

Looks like most of his stuff is free on Kindle Unlimited.
I'm an emotional wreck after reading this book; probably due to the Lana Hartman situation. What the hell was that all about? I really liked it up until that point - then it pissed me off.

Lawrence Kendall (History Professor), his daughter Abigail Foster (Journalist), two guides (Scott and Jerrod) and a husband and wife team of Paranormal Photographers (Emmett and June) head up to the ghost town of Abandon (originally called Hope by Bart Packer). Four members of the group are unaware they are the
A shit ton of characters and time jumps galore made for a story that was a little hard to follow. And if you have trouble following what is going on then your enjoyment of the book dwindles drastically. Hence the 2 stars.
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋

2015 {YES I AM BEHIND...stuff it} PopSugar Challenge with my fellow crustaceans Karly, Jess, Heather, and Nenia

A book that takes place in your hometown - Abandon - Blake Crouch

"Beginning in late 2005, and inspired by his relocation to Durango, Colorado, he researched and wrote a book set in the past and present in a remote mining town high in the San Juan Mountains. The resulting novel, ABANDON, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2009."

4 stars

So I have to admit, my rating is likely biased. I
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
A 100-Year Old Mystery- 3.5 stars...

Going into this, I thought it was going to be a paranormal horror story but it really wasn't that at all. It's actually more along the line of a mystery/thriller. The paranormal aspect was a very small part of it and almost like an afterthought that wasn't followed through with. It's written as two parallel storylines, the past and the present, that converge at the end. I seem to have a thing lately for finding stories with dual plots which I don't mind if th
Dec 18, 2014 Randee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle
It's only February and I am having a gangbuster year of good reads so far. I'm wondering why I had not heard of Blake Crouch until recently because I see he has written quite a few and if Abandon is any indication, he is a first rate storyteller.
I'm not even sure what genre I would put this in besides 'great stories.'
It's a little bit horror, a little bit mystery, a little bit western, a little bit adventure...I can't pin this story down to any one label. I think anyone would like it: female, m
it wasn't awful but it wasn't great either. not what I was expecting.
Apr 06, 2013 Regina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good and enthralling book. It keeps you wondering who will live and who will die, and all expectations are subject to change at any moment. The author does a very good job of telling the story of 1893/2009 concurrently. We are kept on the edge in some cases and the fate of the past and present are truly unknown until the end.
This book was a thrilling page turner! The character development was very good (for most of the characters) there were one or two characters that could have
Ruthie Jones
Jun 08, 2013 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
The language is complete filth at times, but Abandon is a rip-roaring ride all the way through to the end!

All wild action and cursing aside, this story will make you wonder at the extent of human greed and the heartbreakingly fragile thread on which the human mind balances.

Crouch does an amazing job paralleling 1893 with 2009, and the characters are realistic and unforgettable. Abandon is a fast-paced read that doesn't hold anything back! If you're easily offended by extensively foul language an
Apr 06, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The best book I've read this year. Blake Crouch makes 1893 as real and alive as 2009..the two time periods this book goes back and forth between. Interesting characters I cared about and some I feared. I felt their desperation and cheered their victories and cried in their loses. Mr. Crouch blended effortlessly these two periods in time and in the end brought them together in a touching, tragic way. This Novel will stay with you long after you read it...and again proves that "for the Love of Mon ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Over a century ago, the mining town of Abandon was, well, abandoned. Simultaneously telling the story of what happened on that fateful Christmas in 1893. Abandon also tell the tale of a group in the present wanting to find out what happened all those years ago.

The story occurring in 1983 is full of bright and vibrant characters. Crouch brings alive a mining town in the middle if winter. Providing a good contrast of the state of Abandon in the present. When our present day group arrive at Abando
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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