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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  21,125 ratings  ·  2,074 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 w ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2016 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.

The year is 1893. The place is Abandon, Colorado. Population 123. Tables are set with Christmas dinner. "They're all gone." All of them, gone without a trace.

Fast forward to the year 2009. Another group of souls is in danger of suffering the same fate. This tale is told by flipping back and forth betwixt the two time settings, the older time period of far greater interest to me. I even learned a couple of new words. Slumgullion. Shadowgee.

A malignant smile, a snorty barkeep, an eye-watering sti
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it

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 -
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I loved Recursion and Dark Matter and judging by the blurb I thought Abandon was going to be really good too.

It turned out the blurb was misleading. I was expecting something spooky and supernatural and intriguing. I got lots and lots of people being killed in really gross but definitely not supernatural ways. And it seemed endless. Every time someone escaped they got caught again.

Not my kind of book at all. I finished it because I wanted to know what happened so two stars for tha
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS!

I liked this book a lot. When I first read the blurb, I couldn't help but think of Roanoke - I just know the bare bones, but an entire town disappeared without a trace. It also left me wondering if this story was going to move over to the supernatural (the way Stephen King did in the miniseries STORM OF THE CENTURY) or stick to reality.

Basically, I knew that in 1893, the entire town of Abandon disappeared into thin air. Everything was abandoned exactly as it were that day and no bodies
Dec 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I'll say one thing for Blake Crouch, he has an amazing imagination. OK I'll say two things, he can write a ripping yarn, usually with lots of murder and mayhem. Abandon was no exception. In 1893 the entire town's population disappeared on Christmas Day and no trace of them, not a single bone, has ever been found. They just walked out of their homes and vanished.

Fast forward to 2009 and a bunch of disparate people trek to Abandon to chase ghosts and maybe write a story about the myster
Crystal Craig
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Leslye ✴
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Lewis Weinstein
A fascinating premise ... a promising plot structure set in two widely different time frames ... a clever mystery ... several interesting characters ... but then, after 1/3 of the way through, the story had degenerated into a series of no longer clever violent acts that left me uninterested in reading any further.
Brandon Baker
Jun 14, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it, but I 100% did not have a good time 😂😅 So many bad things happen in this story, to the point that it got exhausting and it still kept going. One thing in particular towards the end REALLY upset me, so much that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to finish the book. But I did, and I’m happy I did, but Blake Crouch can be a real dick 😂

I recommend if you want to be miserable, or like to read about the ways people can be horrible to one another
11811 (Eleven)
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
May 05, 2016 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
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So. I am not a particularly big fan of terror books or even films for that matter. They tend to get under my skin and give me a hard time when trying to sleep. But when I discovered the Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch a couple of years ago, I was hooked. And after that, I occasionally come back to his work, pick up a kindle and dive in its mysteries. In view of the above, one could validly assume that I am not an expert of the kind and this would be a fair conclusion. But I will do my best i
Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former gold mining town, Abandon, is far off the beaten path in the mountains and is truly abandoned. One day in late 1800’s, all citizens of town vanished and no one knows why. There are no clues. Just up and went - somewhere. No bodies found.

Without giving away any spoilers, there is a group going out with guide and journalist and a couple who deal who they paranormal activity, among others, on this excursion adventure. There are other people, bad people, who are looking for lost gold and t
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.
Quentin Wallace
Jun 11, 2016 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
it wasn't awful but it wasn't great either. not what I was expecting. ...more
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
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-ebooks
Set in the wilderness of the Colorado Rockies and told in two time frames (around Christmas 1893 and November 2009), this story is bound to have some snow in it. Very much of it, in fact. From ankle-deep to knee-deep to waist-deep and the characters are forced their way up and down the steep slopes and high passes by the author time and time again. Those poor suckers. Those greedy bastards. Well, some of them at least – the bad guys – and they’re not to be pitied. Others meet their fate on the m ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 i
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
The mystery regarding what happened to the inhabitants of Abandon mining community a hundred years ago, is one that is yet to be solved. The mining community just suddenly disappeared on Christmas day, leaving all their worldly goods with no evidence as to what happened to them.

Two guides are hired by a history professor and his daughter, with them are a couple obsessed with paranormal photography who believe that Abandon is haunted.

Once there, the party discovers that they are not alone but it'
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written well. I liked the alternating passages between past and present. It was a good story and many good characters. It just went on way too long. I most likely would have given it four stars had it just been edited down a bit.
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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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“The owner as he crosses the board floor, moving between shelves, past stacked crates and burlap sacks bulging with sugar and flour. “Jessup? It’s Brady! You in back?” The twelve burros crane their scrawny necks in his direction when Brady emerges from the merc. He reaches into his greatcoat, pulls out a tin of Star Navy tobacco, and shoves a chaw between lips and gums gone blackish purple in the last year. “What the hell?” he whispers. When he delivered supplies two weeks ago, this little mining town was bustling. Now Abandon looms listless before him in the gloom of late afternoon, streets empty, snow banked high against the unshoveled plank sidewalks, no tracks as far as he can see. The cabins scattered across the lower slopes lie buried to their chimneys, and with not a one of them smoking, the air smells too clean. Brady is a man at home in solitude, often spending days on the trail, alone in wild, quiet places, but this silence is all wrong—a lie. He feels menaced by it, and with each passing moment, more certain that something.” 4 likes
“Wind rips through the crags a thousand feet above, nothing moving in this godforsaken town, and the mule skinner knows that something is wrong. Two miles south stands Bartholomew Packer’s mine, the Godsend, a twenty-stamp mill that should be filling this box canyon with the thudding racket of the rock crushers pulverizing ore. The sound of the stamps in operation is the sound of money being made, and only two things will stop them—Christmas and tragedy.” 2 likes
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