Author: Blake Crouch
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Date Published: December 20, 2012
Source: Amazon Prime Library
My Rating: *****
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.
Blake Crouch is one of my favorite authors. His books pull you in from the first page and do not let go until the last. Sometimes I get tired of the same old stories with the same old plots because I read so many books, but Blake Crouch thinks outside of the box. This is a story of greed that spans over 116 years. I didn’t think I would like the story switching back and forth between 1893 and 2009 because most of the time I don’t. It gets confusing trying to keep track of the characters and plotlines, but I didn’t have that problem with this book. The author does a very good job and keeps the suspense going until the very end. I didn’t expect the ending of this book at all. It is horrible what greed will drive some people to do.
About the Author:
Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.