Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review of THE LAST TOWN by Blake Crouch


THE LAST TOWN was written by Blake Crouch and published through Thomas & Mercer in July, 2014. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may find out more about Blake at http://www.blakecrouch.com

The abbies are coming through the gates in droves and nothing can be done to stop them.
THE LAST TOWN, the third and final book in the Wayward Pines series is a stunning ending to an electrifying series by author Blake Crouch.

Wayward Pines… the last bastion of civilization. Four-hundred citizens have just found out the secret to their existence, and the horrible truth of their situation… their lives in the hands of a madman. Their small paradise is about to be transformed into a Hell-on-Earth, so perilous, they will probably all die horrible deaths at the hands of the abbies… undead, zombie-like creatures with great strength and speed, that are now streaming into their town and eating their way through the populous. Previously held at bay by high, strong, electrical fences, the gates are now opened by the hand of their creator, and death is everywhere. Their only hope may be in the form of Ethan Burke… the ex-Secret Service agent turned Sheriff of Wayward Pines.

Powerfully told with break-neck pacing, this story is all action and speed, while still being told in an economically descriptive way that puts Crouch ahead of the pack. The characters are humanly flawed, but each has a story to tell, which adds to the realization and unimaginable horror. Crouch’s writing style is wickedly appealing and makes the entire book unique and difficult to put down.
This book, being the last in a series, gave me enough background to understand the intent of the author and story, while not weighting me down with too much previous detail…. A credit to Crouch’s storytelling moxie. The ability to bring a reading front and center in a story like this, with only a brief hint at previous installments is a feat most authors don’t master easily, but Crouch is on the mark with this one.

An outstanding completion to a most awesome series, THE LAST TOWN will put you right in the middle of the grizzly action and absolute terror… and who would want to be anywhere else?

Five Spiders for this spectacular finishing salvo in the Wayward Pines trilogy.

DJ Weaver
for Suspense Magazine



For Suspense Magazine