Name: Pines (Wayward Pines #1)
Author: Blake Crouch
Number of Pages: 309 (Kindle)
Published: August 21st 2012 by Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
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.
Welcome to Wayward Pines. Tranquil, peaceful, idyllic, a town of picturesque houses surrounded by woods and mountains and just very, very… wrong.
There’s definitely something afoot in this too good to be true setting, just follow the adventure of Ethan Burke and you’ll see what I mean.
Ethan wakes up in Wayward Pines, no recollection of how or why he is there, or even who he is at first.
After various strange events featuring trips to hospital, a bartender who vanishes without trace, and discovering that the outward perfection is a facade, Ethan recalls his life, his family, and his purpose in coming to Wayward Pines.
And then he tries to leave, to contact his family, to take the road out of town in a hot-wired car and get back to normality before he starts to question his sanity.
And that’s when things really take a turn…
One sign of a good book is that you can’t wait to get back to reading, and that definitely happened for me with Pines. I always wanted to read just one more chapter, and found myself trying to find more reading time in my day because with each surprise and revelation things just became more strange and inexplicable.
The writing is engaging and fast paced, and the mystery only deepens the further you read and the longer Ethan remains in Wayward Pines. The mounting questions kept me reading on, and there were many of them. The tension builds and after some wonderfully eerie moments Ethan’s precarious situation escalates into a dangerous fight for life.
I could go on about this book, but a lot of the excitement comes from not knowing, and guessing at what’s going on, and watching as Ethan slowly uncovers the secrets that Pines and some of the residents are trying to keep hidden. It races to such an unanticipated conclusion that it made my mind up to carry on with the series straight away. I’d wondered whether to read something else in between volumes but I have so many questions about what’s going to happen next that it’s on to Wayward to find out. I hope the rest of the trilogy is as good as this first book.