Abandon by Blake Crouch #bookreviews

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town25410675 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. – Goodreads.com

Having read his Wayward Pines series, I’m a fan of this author and after reading the description of this book, I was really excited; however, I feel the description is misleading and although I enjoyed the book for the most part, it’s not what I thought it would be.

The psychic and paranormal photographer are mentioned in the synopsis, but really weren’t pertinent to the storyline, so I was left wondering about their purpose.  The party that disappeared previously wasn’t mentioned either, so why include them in the description?  Again, these things made me think the story was headed in a certain direction, and I don’t want to give anything away, so I felt a little betrayed and had to readjust my expectations.

The story generally held my interest, but the weather figures prominently and it got a little tedious reading about all the chases through the snow.  Some of the characters are very likable and it’s easy to connect with them, but most of their situations are just heartbreaking.  The chapters alternate between past and present and that may bother some readers, but I really didn’t mind.

I probably would have enjoyed this book more if the description were more accurate.  My expectation was something with more emphasis on supernatural elements, but what I got was closer to a thriller/wilderness survival/hostage type of book.  Abandon was previously published in 2009, but is being released again on September 1, 2015 with editorial revisions.

This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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