Novel by Blake Crouch
I'd recently reconsidered joining Kindle Unlimited, thanks to many authors using the service themselves. I'm one where, when I get a book, if I wish to keep it, I don't want to have to worry about whether it will be taken back or not. I'm a buyer, not a borrower. So when I found Abandon, by Blake Crouch, and found I could also have the audiobook, via KU, so I downloaded it.
Abandon is my second review by Crouch. Did I like it enough to keep the KU benefits...?
Well, unfortunately for me, KU didn't work out so well and I left them high and dry... again. I couldn't get the audiobook to during the times when I was housekeeping or driving about. I felt duped, so I got rid of the service, but I finished Abandon first.
This wasn't my first Crouch rodeo, as previously stated. A while back I won a free ARC of Dark Matter- an EXCELLENT read without exaggeration! The book was fast-paced and full of fun action and sci-fi. So when I nabbed Abandon, I was looking for something of the same magnitude by the author.
Abandon was previously named Hope, by prospectors and miners during the 1800's, but on a blistering, winter night, every man, woman, and child vanished without a trace. No one ever found a clue, thus the area was 'abandoned'. It was left alone to crumble, even protected, allowing visitors only by way of a license or permit. But in 2008, Abigail, along with her father and a few ghost hunters decided to climb up and down mountains and through wooded area, into the town, to see what they can find. Unknowing to them, a game of cat and mouse was afoot, placing lives in danger and secrets to rise to the surface from both the past and current day.
Because I loved my first Crouch read, I don't want to be too harsh, but Abandon sucked. Don't get me wrong, the writing was great and the characters in both past and present were crafted well done, I just didn't like the story. I felt I was cheated out of a good mystery and haunt. I can't tell you why, but this book is not what it presents itself to be.
Also, unless it really brings the reader closer to the reasoning behind it all, the jumping back and forth in time is really a pain in the butt! I was left with nothing. That's just me though- maybe someone else loved it completely, rating it five stars all the way. But for me, I was left unhappy. This doesn't turn me off of Blake Crouch, just this book.
What I can say is that I totally love the cover. It's in the image itself- it's like it's real but it isn't, you know. I made a book video to go along with my review on social media, so I've studied the image for a while. It's 3D or something, I don't know, but it's perfect for the book. It carries the story's story, it represents and it makes you hunger for what's taking place. Too bad I didn't get my fill.
Check it out for yourself. Maybe you'll like it. Maybe you won't. Let me know what you think of Abandon, either way, on my media. Cheers!
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