The Book: Abandon, by Blake Crouch

The Blurb: 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 sixteen years later, two back country guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

The Blabber: Blake Crouch is a really good storyteller with a kind-of gruesome imagination. When journalist Abigail Foster embarks on a Western backpacking adventure she expects to be out of her comfort zone. For one thing, she’s not really a hiking nut. For another, they’re hiking to a ghost-town with physic photographers- there’s bound to be a little weirdness there. Plus also, this trip marks Abigail’s first step in making peace with her estranged father, so a little trauma and drama is to be expected. She did not however expect a clandestine treasure hunt or a sudden blizzard which perfectly hides the hunters. Nothing led her to believe she would be fighting for her life until suddenly she was. From the disturbing beginning of this action-packed thriller to the only-slightly satisfying end, you’ll constantly wish for a hot toddy and light. And a blanket. And maybe some self-defense practice.

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