Abandon

Blake Crouch, Author . Minotaur $24.95 (401p) ISBN 978-0-312-53740-1

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. The inhabitants of Abandon all vanished without a trace on Christmas Day 1893, and Abigail thinks she’ll write an article on the Tozers and the ghost town’s history. The present-day hikers face a number of obstacles, starting with an unexpected blizzard and including the arrival of ex-Marines intent on finding millions of dollars worth of gold supposedly stashed somewhere in Abandon. Despite the book’s intriguing premise, the action soon devolves into a Rambo -style melee, with enough blood and guts to put off weak stomachs. By the time Abandon’s fate is revealed in the overly drawn-out climax, few readers will care. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/18/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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