Praise for Abandon
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2009 Indie Notables
ABANDON is an astounding and riveting story of an attempt to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the population of a remote Colorado town. You won't be able to put this one down until you learn what happened to the citizens of Abandon in 1893.
Andra Tracy, Out Word Bound, Indianapolis, IN
Achingly beautiful...this novel, a dark, harrowing thriller with an historical twist, takes the reader back and forth in time and tells two interrelated stories, each full of dread...the effect is pure terror. Highly satisfying.
THE HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
ABANDON made me actually consider going to check out one of Colorado’s 500 ghost towns, but then again…the black people always seem to die first…so I passed.
Blake Crouch’s novel is a masterfully crafted blend of an historical back story and a modern-day search to explain the mysterious disappearance of the citizens of a Colorado mining town over Christmas 1893. Truly, a raw, rapid fire action-adventure.
MYSTERY BOOKS NEWS
ABANDON would make an excellent movie, switching back and forth between the plain-but-sturdy homes, saloon and church in 1893 and the same structures rotting to dust in 2009...a clever dual story.
Learning the secret of the mass disappearance does nothing to dull the plot, as horror replaces curiosity and keeps you reading to the end.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER
Nice twists and turns... it did keep me glued to the pages.
[B]eautifully interwoven... ABANDON contains a rich assortment of believable characters that you can't help but love and hate... an excellent novel that is highly recommended for fans of action adventure, mystery, and horror.
A hauntingly good surprise.
Crouch is a top notch thriller writer and this book is a terrific example of great pacing and suspense. The reader, Luke Daniels, delivers an excellent performance and enhances the experience greatly…Totally captivating and spooky as hell.
CENTRAL CRIME ZONE
What an intense book…there's no denying that Mr. Crouch has a talent for keeping the reader hooked…a thoroughly worthwhile way to spend my reading time.
I LOVE A MYSTERY
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.
The poetic prose is still abundantly evidenced, the expert pacing remains…[but] this book delves deeper into the interpersonal relationships and emotional depths that define the key players. As you reach the climax of the most dramatic scenes, you will be maddeningly left hanging as the book changes time frames, only to be re-engrossed as you encounter the tandem plotline with a deeper understanding of events past and present. Blake Crouch -- you've done it again!
STEVEN B. BEACH, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL
ABANDON is steeped in suspense, drenched in desperation and tinged with madness and horror. Highly recommended and not to be missed.
THE PRINTED PAGE
An amazing tour de force.
LIBBY FISCHER HELLMANN
Riveting…if you ever wanted to read about the dark side of human nature, it’s right here in the Rockies, in Abandon, Colorado.
CURLED UP WITH A GOOD BOOK
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
The author richly explores a vast array of human emotion, love, greed, fear and revenge for both the townspeople of Abandon, and the backcountry explorers…enough twists and turns in this unique story to keep you reading page after page.
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.
Crouch's attention to detail in ABANDON is proof that he became a full-time student of mining history. The rugged, craggy terrain at and above the tree line also is brought vividly to life, a task that could be accomplished only by a man who made those climbs himself and has the talent to tell others about it through the written word... a tale of treachery and greed told in a back-to-front style that keeps readers guessing until the very end.
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
On Christmas Day in 1893, every inhabitant of a remote mining town vanished without leaving a trace of where they went. Flash forward 113 years, when a history professor assembles a crew of guides and psychic investigators to help figure out what happened. Chills and thrills await them – and you.
THE SACRAMENTO BEE
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.
ABANDON is terrific…a great storyteller hitting his stride.
Blake Crouch is an outstanding writer who has penned a brilliant piece of work with his latest, ABANDON. The surprises begin early and continue until the very last page. But ABANDON is not merely an exciting thriller with a terrific plot and gangbuster ending; the writing here sings; the characters live; and the universal themes of greed and evil resonate long after the final sentence.
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.
An astounding book by vastly talented writer Blake Crouch, a genre-shattering thriller writer ready to explode onto bestseller lists…ABANDON is pure dynamite.
This novel is pure brilliance—a thriller of such beauty and depth that it will redefine the genre. Crouch’s prose is both lyrical and unflinching. Once you visit ABANDON, you will never forget it.
Blake Crouch has fashioned a gorgeous, sophisticated novel of suspense. A riveting page-turner, ABANDON is at turns lyrical, haunting, and poignant. Part Peckinpah western, part Cormac McCarthy trance, and all Blake Crouch thriller, it’s a journey through past horrors and present jeopardy that you’re unlikely to put down once you’ve cracked the spine.
Blake Crouch has once again created a cast of both resolute and chillingly sinister characters. There are two kinds of people in this world that scare me more than anything, the Righteous and the Greedy; in the mining town of ABANDON, Crouch put me alone in the wild darkness with both of them.
JOE FOSTER, Ordering Manager for Maria’s Bookshop
Written with the breathless grace of a Western sunset, ABANDON is more than a nonstop thriller—it’s a riveting morality tale that will haunt you well past the final pages. Evocative, impassioned, and damn near impossible to put down.
ABANDON is fast, scary and smart. Blake Crouch has an innate feel for the violence and avarice that shaped the old West, and a keen sense of how those two sins snake their way through time into the present…the best Western Noir I've read.
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.