Pines by Blake Crouch

pines-175How do you review this book without giving something away? This is the question that has plagued me since I completed it a few days ago.

I suppose I could tell you that Pines is a mystery/thriller/sci-fi novel which begins with a Secret Service agent, Ethan Hunt waking from a car accident and finding himself hospitalised in the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Ethan has been sent to Wayward Pines to find two other agents, who were sent to the town to investigate a man called David Pilcher.

Soon after waking Ethan begins to realise that all is not what it seems in the town of Wayward Pines, and to complicate matters, nobody believes he is a Secret Service agent, and all of his belongings have gone missing… And this is where the trouble begins for a reviewer. From this point on, it is pretty much impossible to give you any details without spoiling the novel.

I suppose I can tell you that Pines is the first in a trilogy. And I guess it would be safe to tell you that the town of Wayward Pines is the author Blake Crouch‘s homage to the David Lynch television series Twin Peaks… There is even a “damn good coffee” moment.

I also suppose it will be okay to tell you that Wayward Pines like Twin Peaks, takes a few trips down to Freaky-Town, and has a few twists and turns that you won’t expect, unless someone has told you in advance, or like me you are reading this after watching the television adaptation.

I also think it will be okay, if not essential for me to tell you that Pines, like the town of Wayward Pine’s coffee is a damn good read. It whips along at a steady pace, and takes you places you never expected to go. There is even some surprises for those of you who are coming here after watching the television series. In fact I can safely say that anyone who likes to travel to small towns to get their mystery, thriller or science fiction fix will probably find something to excite them in Wayward Pines.