Abandon by Blake Crouch

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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 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.
 

About Blake Crouch

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BLAKE CROUCH grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his family currently reside in Colorado.
 
Published December 20, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 452 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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That conquistador gold will cause no end of trouble, as 19th-century desperados kill Packer and hide the gold in the mine, and 21st-century Iraq veterans brutalize Lawrence’s party in an effort to make the historian tell them where the gold is located.

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At the start of this bloated thriller from Crouch (Desert Places ), Abigail Foster, a Manhattan freelance journalist, reluctantly agrees to accompany her father, Lawrence Kendall—who abandoned her as a child—and paranormal photographers Emmett and June Tozer, to the remote remains of Abandon, Colo.

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Book Reporter

As the secret history of Abandon is slowly revealed in the thoughts, words and dark deeds of the original inhabitants, the modern-day explorers, and their dark pursuers, find themselves slowly swallowed up by the fever that resulted in the consummation of the town so many years before.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: 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.

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Military.com

Here it's a clever dual story that's set in one Colorado mining town but alternates between the events of 1893, when the "town of a hundred twenty-three souls just up and disappeared on Christmas Day," and 2009, when a small expedition treks into the ghost town for some paranormal photography.

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Birmingham Public Library

Crouch's third book is about a town named Abandon, but its theme is about abandonment, too: abandoned pasts, abandoned lovers, abandoned family, and lost children, and who might be waiting for them on the other side.

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Splash Magazine

From the modest description provided for The Author, the latest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, I went into the show expecting a cross between Neil LaBute and Sam Kinison.

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Leiah Cooper 15 Sep 2015

“All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” - Dante Alighieri
“He, who had done more than any human being to draw her out of the caves of her secret, folded life, now threw her down into deeper recess...

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Leiah Cooper 15 Sep 2015

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