Pines (Wayward Pines, #1) - Blake Crouch

May 30, 2018

5 / 5 Stars


Utterly addictive, creepy, way-out-there plot. Loved it.

Whoo-eee! Sometimes, I love a literary classic; something deep, meaningful and ponderous. However, at other times, I love the satisfaction of ripping my way through a high-powered, entertaining read - and this was definitely one of those. 

I'd previously read Dark Matter (and loved it), so was anticipating something equally gripping. I wasn't disappointed!


Ethan, an FBI agent, wakes up in a strange town. He's been in a car crash, but beyond that, he can't remember anything. Slowly, details start coming back to him and he realises that all isn't as it should be. The people of Wayward Pines are freaking weird for starters, and whenever he tries to leave, he finds it strangely impossible.

Without giving anything away, things quickly turn sour in this idyllic little town, and soon, Ethan realises that in order to find out the truth, he's going to have to start kicking back at the system. The only thing is - can he handle the truth?

The most stand-out aspect of this book is the incredible pacing. I don't know how the author sustains it throughout the entire 300-pages. Every aspect of the plot kept me glued to the book, desperate to know what was going to happen next. The author himself mentioned being heavily inspired by Twin Peaks and this is evident - there's that same feeling of mystery, combined with a sense that it's better in a way not to know. 

It's twisty-turny, but not in an obvious way. There were a couple of twists I saw coming, but to be honest, more of them took me by surprise - especially the final one, which I didn't see coming. In short, this is a highly entertaining, rip-roaring romp of a read and I'd highly recommend getting it on your bookshelf now. I've already made a start on the second in the series!

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