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Perfect Little Town

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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 storm is approaching, and the Stahls couldn’t have picked a worse night of the year to get snowed into this perfect little town with a dark, dark secret.

87 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 15, 2010

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Blake Crouch

82 books45.4k followers
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 TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

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Profile Image for Matt.
3,728 reviews12.8k followers
July 25, 2019
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 and its inhabitants will do anything to protect themselves from outsiders. Will the Stahls be able to alert the authorities to the horrors they've seen, and live to recount their tale for years to come?

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652 reviews1,316 followers
August 9, 2020
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.
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68 reviews143 followers
July 13, 2021
Get ready for a fast paced wild ride. Perfect little town is a short story with a full novels worth of impact. Well worth the read.
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933 reviews233 followers
September 5, 2020
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!
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453 reviews187 followers
November 5, 2020
Geez!!! This one started of really good!! My emotions were high and I completely connected with the main characters......But then.......it 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.
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214 reviews4 followers
July 25, 2015
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 a 4 and not a 5 is because I don't love the ending.. it felt abrupt and cut off quickly.. I feel like I have no closure
and I hate when stories do that to me..
starting one of his other books right now! can't wait!
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221 reviews26 followers
March 4, 2022
Crouch is the master at creating fucked up towns I’d never want to visit in a million years. I won’t tell you why, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say I doubt this place is fun to stay in on your next vacation.
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131 reviews4 followers
November 19, 2022
This was a great short horror read! I love Blake crouch and I think this is another one worth reading. It can be read in one sitting, it’s super short.
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1,292 reviews73 followers
July 8, 2020
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 that, I didn't really get the point. I guess the book was about but it still just wasn't for me.
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12 reviews3 followers
January 22, 2016
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.
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3,389 reviews51 followers
March 28, 2017
Short story

Wow, really gruesome story. Makes you scared to stay in nice, friendly, small towns. 3 out of 5 stars.
Profile Image for James Morpurgo.
225 reviews8 followers
January 30, 2023
Solid short story / novella. Blake Crouch once again creates a small town where everything isn't as it first seems...
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541 reviews
July 17, 2012
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 is a little nastier, and I really enjoyed the scene where the couple finally finds a restaurant that is open. I'll never eat a pot pie again.
August 3, 2022
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Kindle Book

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 like that you got to see what happens to Ron years after the tragedy. This story will stay with you for awhile and have you thinking twice about staying in little towns.
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Author 33 books155 followers
December 6, 2016
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 shorter reads to fulfill your reading list, this is a great one for that.
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1,210 reviews
August 9, 2015
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.
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1,641 reviews123 followers
October 28, 2017
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.
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42 reviews7 followers
March 30, 2023
Pardon my French, but that was fucked up. I am sufficiently disturbed now. It was truly like reading one of the creative nightmares my medication gives me. Honestly, I'm not sure why I thought reading this at night was the right move.
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173 reviews12 followers
July 31, 2014
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 would have liked a little more story on some things (why a bear?), the rest of the story was solid enough to make this a worthwhile read. Please be aware that the book ends at 50% and the second half is an interview with Crouch and excerpts from some of his other books.
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526 reviews82 followers
March 7, 2012
If you don't count Draculas, this is the first book that I have read by Blake Crouch. He is a very polished writer with a great ear for dialogue and description and I can't help but think of him as one of the new guard among horror/thriller writers. I completely lost myself in this dark story/novella which is a modern retelling of the "creepy small town" motif. I can't say much more without giving away part of the story line but I can say that if you haven't read Crouch this would be a good place to start. I am off to collect his other books and find a nice place to settle down and enjoy.
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356 reviews5 followers
April 8, 2018
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 looked it because I enjoyed the story with that one but with this story I couldn't because I simply didn't enjoy it.
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130 reviews49 followers
May 12, 2017
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.
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850 reviews72 followers
June 19, 2011
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.
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1,700 reviews2 followers
October 21, 2013
Great story; my only disappointment was in how short it was. I knew in advance that it really ended at the half way point, but I just wasn't ready for it.
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