Abandon by Blake Crouch

Setting: Colorado
Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: September 2015

It's 1893 and every inhabitant of a small mining town disappears on Christmas Day. There are no bodies. Fully prepared meals sat untouched on dining room tables. In a matter of hours, a bustling mining town became a ghost town.

Decades later, two paranormal photographers form part of the crew that's heading into the desolate area where this ghost town is found. Their goal is to photograph the ghost town. It's a risky venture as another crew tried it and was never heard from again.

For Abigail, the expedition is a chance to spend time with her absentee father. Little does she know that she may never get out of this ghost town alive.

From the blurb I read, I got the distinct feeling Abandon was going to be a horror story. It's not. It's a mystery with suspense/thriller leanings. The story switches back and forth between present day and the 1800s. The switches back and forth are made very clear, so there's no reason to worry that you'll get lost.

I have to say that while I first thought a horror story was about to unfold, once the modern day crew made it to the old gold mine town, I pegged a lot of what was about to happen. It didn't seem shocking as events unfolded. Therefore, I ended up feeling a little letdown. It's a good story, but not one that ever had me on the edge of my seat.


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