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Perfect Little Town

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Ron and Jessica Stahl are a power couple from Southern California, on a Christmas driving holiday in the Colorado mountains. When they stop for the afternoon in sleepy Lone Cone (Pop. 317), they’re charmed by the quaint tourist town which is filled with B&Bs, candy stores, and gift shops.

But the folksy hospitality will vanish as the sun drops behind the mountains. A winter
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Blake Crouch
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Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Crouch is the new Stephen King, with his twists and turns! Ron and Jessica Stahl are the ultimate power couple; he a successful plastic surgeon and she the cut-throat lawyer everyone fears. Choosing to take a trip to the scenic mountain areas in Colorado, they are forced into Lone Cone, a blip on the map, where they seek refuge from the weather. What begins as an awkward set of events turns horrific as the sun drops below the horizon. The Stahls soon realise that Lone Cone is anything but quaint ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Must be awful, going somewhere where nobody knows you, yet everybody wants to kill you.
Like the skinny girl eating a candy bar at the Over-eaters Anonymous meeting...
Or the Yoko Ono fan at a Beatles tribute concert...

Good story, but it lacked...something.
This was an excellent book!

The book reminded me a little bit of an episode in the series "Supernatural" whereas the town was sacrificing tourists to a scarecrow totem - this book is along the same lines - very fast paced and kept me riveted to my kindle. Five stars for this one!
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Geez!!! This one started of really good!! My emotions were high and I completely connected with the main characters......But all went wrong. I understand it’s a short story and it was going well until about halfway through, then it got all muddled. It went downhill fast and that ending!?!?! WTF was that??
Oh well....thankfully I like Blake Crouch’s writing. This story will not deter me from reading his other/future books.
Adam Light
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
As is the case with everything else I have read from Crouch, this short novella did not disappoint. Quick, suspenseful and very well written.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novella takes you on a crazy adventure.. I was on the edge of me seat the whole time!! I had no idea what to think.. and the ending was completely unexpected and totally unpredictable! I did not see that ending coming at all! although from reading 3 of Blake's other books I was a little disappointed with this ending.. especially because I know what he can do.. but then again it is just a novella so I have to cut him some slack!
amazing novella! I really enjoyed it.. only reason it's getting
The Story Girl
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
2.5 stars

A plastic surgeon and his attorney wife are heading to Colorado for their winter vacation, but get stranded in a small town due to a snow storm. At first, it seems like the perfect little town, until things start going wrong: they're told there's no vacancy at the only hotel in town, all the restaurants have closed, they have no where to go, and there's no way out either. Then strange things start to happen.

It was just an okay read. There was one major event that happened, but besides t
debbicat *made of stardust*
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Summer scrabble challenge 2020

Well that was fairly horrific!
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Blake is one of my favorite authors, and his Wayward Pines trilogy and Abandon is some of the best writing ever. But, when Blake gets it wrong, he goes big-time. This started off as a good story, although it reminded me a little of his Wayward books, but halfway through everything got wonky, and the ending was awful. Worst of all though is that this short story ended at exactly 50%, the rest of the book was an author interview and a preview to his book Desert Places. I'm glad I got this book thr ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was immediately captivating. It was a good story start to finish but it was super super short. I thought it was so much longer but there was actually just a bunch of promotional reading material at the end of the book and an interview with Blake. I would recommend reading it but just be mindful it is about 60 pages.
Carolyn F.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Short story

Wow, really gruesome story. Makes you scared to stay in nice, friendly, small towns. 3 out of 5 stars.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I guess I've been living under a rock for awhile because I'm just hearing about Blake Crouch. I was going to start off reading the Wayward Pines Trilogy, since that's how I found out about him- By watching the show, but after watching the show I'm afraid my favorite character is also dead in the books and I'm not ready for that heartbreak again so soon, so I chose this book. It's short, but packs a punch. If I did the math right, (not my forte) this story takes place in 2004 and then in 2033. I ...more
Quentin Wallace
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I knew this was a novella before I started reading, but it still was a little shorter than I was expecting. That being said, this wasn't bad. The basic premise had been done before, but the execution was a little different. It just seemed a little lacking, although of what I'm not sure. Maybe I just would rather have seen this as a novel, or maybe the ending just didn't do it for me.

It's still a suspenseful horror read, and fans of Black Crouch should check this one out. If you are looking for s
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
An okay short story but very similar to Pines and not as good - perhaps it would have been different if I hadn't read Pines but almost immediately I was sighing and thinking here we go again! And then it ended. ...more
This was a nasty little short story. (It ends at the 50% mark.) There were a few surprises, but it was mostly predictable. I do think the ending was excellent..the author did not take the easy way out.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
strange, disturbing, loved this short story! I think about 87 pages!
Jimmie Presgraves
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Could have done so much with this, but the author let the ball fall.....
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars


Blake Crouch has added 4 excerpts from his other books to make this story seem longer.

Works for me, I didn't really care for this anyway.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying these novellas by favorite authors that are available for eReaders. Short, affective, and to the point.

I've been a fan of Blake Crouch's since reading his wonderful time-jumping book,Abandon. Perfect Little Town tells the age-old tale of unwary tourists getting caught up in a town's stubborn ways practiced to ensure success—the old "we've always done it this way" mentality. This story recalls the build up of menace in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." However, Crouch's touch
Jessica and Ron Stahl planned to spend their Christmas vacation in Aspen. On the way, they stop in the small town of Lone Cone to do some shopping and see the sights. Things are going well until they're told the roads are snowed in and they have to spend the night in the town. Little did they know what was in store for them...

This was a quick, easy read by Crouch that alternates between keeping you on the edge of your seat and cringing at the horror of what Jessica and Ron go through. While I wo
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've read the pines series and at the beginning I thought it was so weird but then I really did enjoy it but this short story was not good apart from the scene, the whole town thing reminded me off pines but the storyline in this short story wasn't good and it was just way to short. Also what is the deal with people dressing up in blakes books? In pines someone was oddly dressed like Santa and now in this someone was dressed like a goddess, that part I even found weird about pines but I over loo ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't say too much about this as it was a pretty quick read. To sum it up, a couple, on their way to Aspen, come across a seemingly perfect little town. But nothing is ever as it seems. The snow starts coming down and they have no other choice but to spend the night because the roads have closed. This is when things start turning bizarre. (view spoiler)
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Perfect Little Town reminded me somewhat of The Lottery and The Wicker Man. If you aren't familiar with those I suggest you google them or look them up on Amazon as they are both worth your time. This was a quick read, and downright scary. I loved it. ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Cheated, I paid full price for what I thought was a novel. There needs to be clarity on what is being sold.
I like how Blake Crouch’s mind works.
Richard Sutton
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast dash through depravity

Crouch sets a taut pace that makes this a real page turner. At first I'd wished it was longer, but then I began to see that brevity forces the reader to carry the questions longer! Humans are such a peculiar species, none of this seems improbable at all.
Jelena Nemet
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone smiles when they come to our town, population 317.  It’s the mountains and fir trees, the waterfall we light up at night and the clear western sky and the perfect houses painted in brilliant colors and the picket-fenced lawns and the shoppes we spell the olde English way and the sweet smell of the river running through.
(Mellifluous Grant)
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great little nugget! So good and so quick, over in a blink. Leaves you queasy with anxiety and wanting more.
Leslye ✴
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fiction, horror
Another trip down the rabbit hole with Mr. Crouch! This time it was just a short novella, but it was still quite a mind-trip! It read like a creepy "Twilight Zone" episode with weird and disturbing characters. I enjoyed this peculiar little story... it was quite a fun read.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a novella & a read I couldn't put down. As usual, Crouch did a great job with the creepy tone. From the very first page you know something is off in Lone Cone; the narrator alone made me shiver almost immediately. I just wanted to shout at the couple "GET OUT! Get out while you still can!". A quick, enjoyable read if you like Crouch's writing. ...more
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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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