Book Review: Pines by Blake Crouch
Recently, I was in need of good book. I had absolutely nothing in mind which led to random browsing of new releases. I came across a novel called Pines by Blake Crouch. What attracted me to this story was the description telling me this novel was inspired by the television shows X-Files, Twin Peaks, and Lost. Within minutes, I had it downloaded to my Kindle App on my iPad.
The premise of the story intrigued me from the very start. Special Agent Ethan Burke is on assignment to Wayward Pines, Idaho. His objective is to locate two fellow agents who went missing there. Upon arrival in the picturesque town, he is involved in a devastating car accident that leaves him wandering the area injured and disoriented; his partner nowhere to be found. He receives treatment from a seemingly normal hospital staff, but something is just…off. The story unfolds intensely as Ethan realizes he may never be able to leave town.
From the beginning, the story is suspenseful and riveting. As a reader you can sense that something is not quite right with the townsfolk. Everyone seems all too pleasant in a quirky kind of way. Ethan is not getting answers to the questions he is asking and before he knows it, he is running for his life.
The writing style makes for an easy read in that the elements of science fiction are not so deep that the reader will feel lost in details. The story unfolds clearly with sufficient explanation. There is enough of the X-Files strangeness to the story to make you wonder what will happen next, but Crouch doesn’t leave the reader hanging for very long. All the questions posed during the story do eventually get answered by the novel’s conclusion. Though elements of the story are not plausible with today’s technology, things are explained in such a way that makes them seem conceivable given the right circumstances.
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. It was an enjoyable read, suspenseful, and a gripping page turner. For those that really enjoy a bit of suspense mixed in with a touch of science fiction; this is a novel well worth your time.