Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Audio Book Review: Pines (The Wayward Pines Series #1) by Blake Crouch

Listening Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: August 21, 2012
Author Links: Website | GoodReads

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.

Pines is a novel that I normally wouldn't give a second glance to. It has a rather boring title, a cover that is less than eye-catching, and a synopsis that is only mildly interesting. So how did I end up writing this review? I got suckered in by this - Now a Major Television Event from FOX, debuting winter 2015. I don't usually pay much attention to books simply because they will be adapted into a movie or television show, but a quick trip over to Goodreads showed me that Pines was a story I needed to read. The reviews were fantastic.

The debut in the Wayward Pines series was a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat mystery that constantly kept me guessing. It was also chilling, but in a subtle way. I wasn't quite sure why I was creeped out by the town or the people living in it. The only thing I was certain of was that something was off and I found myself urging Agent Burke to get the hell out of there as soon as the opportunity arose. 

The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, had a pleasant voice that was easy to listen to and he quickly drew me into the story. Not one time did I have an issue with his transitioning between characters or his female voices. He's a great narrator that I would highly recommend. 

Once I reached the conclusion of Pines I immediately began listening to Wayward. I'm well past the halfway point and can say that the sequel is just as enjoyable as the debut. I can't wait to get my hands on the conclusion, The Last Town, as soon as I'm done. If you love a truly suspenseful mystery, then Pines is a definite must-read.


fishgirl182 said...

I had no idea that this was a new series coming out. It does look really creepy, which is right up my alley. Thanks for the rec!

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