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Abandon

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,627 ratings  ·  357 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 that they can lea ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tressa
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
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Russell
Abandon by Blake Crouch
Reviewed by Russell Ilg


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
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Crystal Craig
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Darcy
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
Bandit
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
Lea
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.
Christina
I am torn on how to rate this novel. I would really like to give it 3.5 stars. First, I felt I it deserved 2 stars because. I found it difficult to get into various parts of the book due to the fowl language. It's not that I can't read cuss words, I just felt that the amount of "f" words thrown in with the other cussing here and there was excessive. Just like any form or aspect of language, there ought to be a purpose and end goal of using it in a novel. Personally, I feel the author used too mu ...more
Regina
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
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Rachael Hewison
Not what I thought at all- I was expecting a ghost story but couldn’t have been further from the truth. At first I didn’t really like the crime thriller that it had become, and it became rather tedious in the fact that they were in the town, then mansion, town, mountain, mansion, town, mountain etc. It felt somewhat repetitive.

On the plus side however I thought that Crouch really brought some of his characters to life- Isaiah in particular made me so angry and I don’t think I’ve actually hated a
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Ruthie Jones
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
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Robin
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
Debby
On Christmas Day in 1893, all the inhabitants of Abandon appear to have vanished into thin air at the same time. How? Why?
Fast forward to 2009 and a group of people are hiking into the ghost town of Abandon to "investigate". What really happened on that day in 1893. But, could there be ulterior motives for this trip? Could someone be searching for more than just answers?
That said, I gave this book a 3 star rating for 2 reasons. First, since the book is written in a "now and then" format, it some
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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.
Tiffiane
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Heather
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Shonda Jefferis
I thought I was reading a ghost story when I first chose this book; I was wrong. This was a very action packed thriller! I like the way the author paralleled the present day action with the heartbreaking events of the past. I liked this book much more than I expected I would!!
Tanja Berg
Rating 2* out of 5. Had I had any inkling what this book was really about, I would have never picked it up. It was touch and go as it was, with an indication of paranormal aspects. I thought the book would be about a group of people - including two paranormal photographers - discovering what happened in the deserted town of Abandon, clue by clue. This, with the back-flashes to Christmas 1893, when every man, woman and child disappeared without a trace, would have been interesting.

What it turns
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Karla
I read this as a part of a buddy read. It was highly recommended to me as well. I'm so happy my buddy was intrested in reading it with me!! A thriller to the end could not put it down was a page turner with heart pounding action. I found myself twisting around in my reading chair trying to help Abigail run and excape. At first I had no cares for the people hiking up to Abandon but couldn't wait to learn more about the towns past residents. There were ones to hate, like and ones you took pity on. ...more
Tara
Abandon is a thriller that is told in two parts. Half of the book is set in the present day and follows a group of people who on an expedition to explore the old abandoned mining town called Abandon. The other half is set in the late 1800s and tells the story of how Abandon became, well, abandoned.

I had a really hard time getting into this book. I thought the two stories meshed well together and I really liked how they paralleled each other, but I just couldn't get into the characters. I finis
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Robert
I really was quite amazed at this one and give it a solid four and a half stars. I take off half a star just for the strange effect of ruined expectations. Let me be clear to those expecting a horror novel here, this is not a horror novel! Good enough? I hope so. So to tell what the book is I have to be careful because I do not want to give out any spoilers. This is a fantastic story about one of those old boom bust small towns high in the mountains above Durango, Colorado. There were hundreds o ...more
April
This book starts off with a very intriguing premise - in 1893 an entire mining town in the mountains of Colorado disappears without a trace. In 2009, a group goes to the mining town all with their own agendas - which become clearer as the book progresses.

I did like the book, I have to say that. I really loved reading about Abandon (the mining town) in 1893, and learning about the people. The whole setting is very creepy - which I enjoy in a suspense novel. The problem is that pretty soon the ac
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Serrahfina
I did not expect much from this book, I like historical fiction and I thought this to be a interesting twist, a book that immerses you with in current times as well as the 1800’s. I expected a very predictable, campy horror story about unseen beasts that pretty much ended with everyone but the main character dying and so the haunting of abandon continues. I was pleasantly surprised with how the story actually played out, including not only the mystery of the people of abandon, but of the town it ...more
Darius Harris
I really like this book because it showed a real life situation. The main character in this story is Dave. He was with his friend and his girlfriend one night coming back from a party. There was this guy standing in the middle of the street with an bloody axe when it was very foggy and Dave swerved and hit a tree killing his friend Rick. When he gained consciousness he found that his girlfriend was gone and was nowhere to be found. So he called the police and they helped him get his girlfriend a ...more
Charlotte
SPOILER ALERT This novel is two stories in one and I absolutely found myself absorbed in the past story, and the present one not as much. That said, it was a great thriller that didn't involve your typical knife wielding rapist serial killer! the twists and turns throughout were great and completely unexpected. One complaint I had, and admittedly its minor, when one of the "bad" guys die, who u feel badly for btw, his buddy leaves a written epitath pinned to him which called him a Soldier. He wa ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is a truly bold story of two haunting times in one place. T he story begins Christmas day in 1893 when every man, women, and child disappear from a remote mining town. Eveything was forsaken, meals, belongings all left to freeze and no bones of bodies where ever found not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. Now one hundred and thirteen years later , two back country guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into ...more
Crystal
This was an entertaining thriller to read. The book centers around an old mine town in the Colorado mountains that was abandoned in the 1890's and the story switches back and forth between the 1890's and present day, where a group is hiking into the town to look for hidden gold. I thought the dual story lines were interesting, especially since they paralleled each other in many ways. I was hanging on until the end. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Mihir

A thriller which has the two story-lines, one set in present day and the other set in 1893. The town of Abandon has been abandoned and no one knows wherein the entire population disappeared. Currently a group of people are looking into Abandon for their own purposes. Also at the same time in 1893, the plot focuses on the group of people living in town of Abandon.

Very fast paced book which has a bit of a slow start but then picks up speed and with the switching of the timeline also keeps the re
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Joelle Groff
Definitely my favorite book by this author to-date! I've been a fan for a couple years but this book might now be on my top 10 all time favorite list. Crouch did an excellent job of balancing this book with mystery and intrigue that kept me up for a few nights in a row trying to finish it.
Shelli
3.5 stars...This was fast-paced with a good storyline, but not as good as I was expecting. It might have been because I just read another thriller/mystery or because I just read a non-fiction that was fabulous. I'm not sure. It might also have been that I listened to over half of it on audio and didn't care much for the narrator. I feel like with this idea, the story could have been great. Some of the characters just didn't work for me. The storyline from the past(1890s) was stronger than the st ...more
Gail
I thought this was going to be a sci-fi, paranormal thriller, where the ghost kills everyone. For that, I almost quit reading...Then I was pleasantly surprised. Backcountry guides take a group of people, each with a different agenda, over 27 miles of very rough terrain, into the ghost town of Abandon. This ends up being a story of human nature and how each of us is motivated differently. The suspense at times is unbearable! The twists and turns are surprising. When I had to put the book down, I ...more
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Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book
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