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 learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
About the Author:
Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense, mystery, and horror novels. His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and many other publications. Much of his work, including the Wayward Pines series, has been optioned for TV and film. Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or visit his website, www.blakecrouch.com.
Praise for Abandon:
ABANDON is terrific…a great storyteller hitting his stride.
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2009 Indie Notables
ABANDON [is] two separate works of past and present seamlessly melded together into a single novel that demands to be read in one sitting, so you can better appreciate the beauty of Crouch’s storytelling…[O]ne of those books that almost instantly puts you in the mind of a classic.
This is the book that will make Crouch a household name. Weaving the past and present together with such seamless skill that from the prologue to the last page, this book captures the imagination. [ABANDON] has the arc and flow of a master storyteller. Easily my favorite book of this year.
JEN JORDAN, CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE
Haunting, fast-paced, and thoroughly engrossing... ABANDON is one of the most original tales of ghosts, greed and gold I've come across. Crouch aligns both eras so perfectly, it's as if the characters are occupying the same breath within the space/time continuum. ABANDON will be one of the most talked-about books of the summer.
THE MADISON COUNTY HERALD
Crouch does a great job of pacing, going back and forth between the two stories and the two time periods. The characters are authentic and interesting. He keeps up the suspense until the very end. It’s a great book. Crouch is a great writer. Go and get it.
The basic dilemmas and temptations that have always caused hell are brilliantly laid bare in this novel that seamlessly connects generations through those timeless struggles between good and evil. Yet, in the face of this eternal and seemingly fruitless battle, Blake also manages to offer up hope in such a sincere and unflinching manner that the result is a heartfelt and endearing read that will resonate with all; highly recommended, this is easily one of the best this year.
NEW MYSTERY READER MAGAZINE
Ambitious…the palpable suspense just keeps building, and many thriller fans—especially those who like a touch of horror—will lose sleep to find out how it all ends.
A bold, ambitious novel of two haunting times in one haunting place. It's full of gunplay and violence, adventure and action, but at its core ABANDON is a novel of faith, family, greed and redemption.
In ABANDON, Blake Crouch blends elements of modern-day Colorado with its violent and storied past to create a tapestry of love, greed and revenge. Sins of the past and present collide with unforgettable results in this hard-hitting tale of murder, delusion and lost gold.