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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Daft, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy) (Paperback)
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Agent Ethan Burke is up to his ears in trouble when he finds himself trapped in a perfect American everytown that is hiding a huge dark secret.
Desperate to escape he finds himself hunted & his life in danger as he desperately struggles to unlock the towns mystery & overcome post traumatic stress disorder.
Burke is a useful hero type with huge reserves of energy & willpower & a will to uncover the truth and make his way back to his family.
In truth his backstory is limited & has little significance here as what really counts is the 100MPH pace this story adopts from the very beginning.
Tension is ramped up at every page turn and everything zooms by in a blur. This leads to a very shallow but pretty exciting ride. It also helps to not linger at any point as to do so would leave the reader with an opportunity to begin asking questions about the plot holes that start to pile up from about the mid way point.
In the end, if you are going to enjoy this, you need to switch your brain down to it's 'low' setting and just follow the mad ride without looking too closely for cracks in the narrative.

Crouch gives a rather gushy 'Twin Peaks' eulogy in his afterword. This apparently was his inspiration for 'Pines'. Fair enough but don't even begin to expect anything even approaching Lynchian creepiness or inventiveness.
The story would stand better comparison to something like 'The Twilight zone' and has an atmosphere not dissimilar to Jack Finney's 'invasion of the body snatchers', just more blood & violence.

A rather daft & far fetched conclusion doesn't really come as any surprise. You'll realise two thirds in that the author has way too many loose ends to tie up & that there just couldn't be a believable explanation.
Never mind, it's a riveting, albeit brief, ride and it's nice sometimes to be able to have a story that makes no demands & rewards your time with a little blast of escapism.

It's never going to be a classic but if you fancy a creepy little tale that'll keep you glued for a few hours then this is a reasonable enough tale that knows it's limitations & until the last few pages always manages to keep a few steps ahead of the plot holes.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2013 22:20:03 GMT
Pukka says:
Funny and well balanced review by a reader who obviously knows his way around horror narration.
Bravo from a French reader and fan of horror stories, I'll read more of your comments.
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