Very interesting mystery, until the inevitable [REDACTED]

Written by
Blake Crouch in 2012

So Wayward Pines the television show is a thing. A good thing, mind you, despite M. Night Shyamalan being involved. I figure though, that staying away from the visual wrecking ball that is Shyamalan is good, so to the Wayward Pines trilogy of books we go.

We begin with Ethan Burke, Secret Service Agent in the United States, who wakes up after a car accident in Wayward Pines, a seemingly idyllic little town in Idaho. Unfortunately, the idyllic nature of the place is broken by the crazy hospital staff, ultra friendly people, the crazy sheriff and basically everything feeling wrong.

Ethan was sent to Wayward Pines to find out what happened to his former partner/lover Kate Hewson and another agent, Bill Evans. He finds them easily enough, Hewson has somehow aged twenty years and Evans is decomposing quite quickly in an abandoned shack on the outskirts of the town.

Mysterious eh?

Even the town itself is mysterious, since there is actually no way out of the place. When Burke finds a fortified electric fence, that’s when the real mystery becomes a nightmare. Determined to either get out and find help, or find the truth himself, Burke sets off on a perilous adventure.

I can honestly say that, despite knowing what was coming at the end of Pines, it is still an enthralling read. The characters are better fleshed out, more human, more real, than those on the show. That’s not to say the cast aren’t up to the task, but the backgrounds of each character are just better resolved.

I also quite like the mystery and set up of Wayward Pines itself, the idea of paradise in the mountains, with enough of civilization’s creature comforts to live a perfect, happy life, hiding a deep dark secret. And what a secret. No spoilers.

I highly recommend Pines, for its writing, style and emergent mystery. If you’ve been looking for a mystery book that’s not too taxing on the brain, then this is the one for you.


Devoid of interference from M. Night Shyamalan, Pines is a fantastic read. All credit to Blake Crouch.

Read this if you…

Enjoy mystery books.

Don’t read this if you…

Don’t like [REDACTED].


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