Posted in Adult, Book Review

Abandon – Blake Crouch

AGE: Adult


Abandon - Blake Crouch

Wind rips through the crags a thousand feet above, nothing moving in this godforsaken town, and the mule skinner knows that something is wrong.

– first sentence

Okay, so the first thing I need to say is that I loved the Wayward Pines series. I thought I would love anything by Crouch.

When I started reading this book, I thought there was going to be a supernatural element. I kept waiting for something that was never going to come…. because of this, I didn’t like the book. Maybe if I had known what to expect, I would have appreciated the book more. To be fair, the summary on Amazon does kind hint towards a ghost/haunting.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book and I did learn a lot of new words – though I probably won’t have an opportunity to use them in conversation any time soon.


mochila – a Spanish word for knapsack

shabrack – a cavalry saddlecloth used in European armies

younker – youngster

scree – a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope

speleothem – structure formed in a cave by the deposition of minerals from water

slumgullion – cheap or insubstantial stew

The story goes back and forth between present time and a century ago (when the entire town disappeared). There is a lot of death and killing, but the reason is NOT supernatural, it’s just old-fashioned greed. There is a man who thinks God talks to him and makes a terrible choice because of it, but there are no ghosts, no haunting. Oh well.


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