Pines by Blake Crouch
(The Wayward Series)

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The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and premiering May 14th on FOX.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee


About Blake Crouch

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Blake Crouch was born in the North Carolina piedmont in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, publishing his first two novels within five years of graduation. Since then he has published eight additional novels as well as multiple novellas, short stories, and articles. His novels Fully Loaded, Run, and Stirred, which was co-written with J. A. Konrath, have each earned spots in the top ten of the Kindle bestseller list. Three novels, one novella, and one short story have all been optioned for film. He lives today in Durango, Colorado.
Published August 21, 2012 by Thomas & Mercer. 315 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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The true nature of the story is not truly revealed until the end of the novel and provides a bit of a twist to the story that may catch some readers by surprise (although there are ample clues sprinkled throughout for those who seek them).

Jul 17 2015 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

Nights and Weekends

Spooky elements add a bit of creepiness to this thoroughly engaging science-fiction thriller. Filled with plenty of mystery and grab-you-by-the-throat action, Pines once again reminded me why I love to read. I plan on keeping a lookout for more from Blake Crouch in the future.

Dec 10 2016 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

Mysterious Reviews

Hardly ever is there a book that weaves its way into the reader's mind like Pines in such a way that the shock never leaves — even after the last page.

Dec 10 2016 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

Books n' Kisses

Pines is a twisted story that I could easily giveaway with one sentence but I don’t want ruin it for you. But I will say that as the story went on I lost hope, gained hope, lost hope and then was left with a whole lot of WTF?!!?!? God I want to tell you so much. But I won’t.

Mar 26 2015 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)


This book is a successful cross between “The Bourne Legacy,” “The Stepford Wives” and “Planet of the Apes.” The ending, with all its wild explanations, makes sense. The narrative is non-stop engaging action with twists and turns the entire way.

Sep 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)


Night Shyamalan, is developing a Twin Peaks style series titled Wayward Pines.

Jan 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

Fantasy Book Critic

Blake Crouch does it again. After last year's book, expectations were sky high however with Pines, he takes all that anticipation and gives us a story that is familiar to most thriller-mystery readers and then blows the cover of our minds.

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

I Was Angelized 1st

It’s hard to discuss the book without spoiling it, so I’ll refrain from talking about the entire series, and only speak to the first book, Pines.

Aug 17 2014 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

I found myself glued to the story using every bit of free time finding out what was going to happen next. The story concluded with room for more, but if the author decides not to return to Pines, readers should be satisfied.

Oct 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Pines (The Wayward Pines Series)

Jon Hamm stars in Mad Men, which concludes its series run on May 17, 2015, at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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