On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins - and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town, so they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic and a paranormal photographer, as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
After having read the third and final book in the Pines trilogy by Mr. Crouch I wanted to go back and check out some of his other work. The concept for this book really intrigued me.
This book did start out that way. I was intrigued by the disappearance of all of the townfolk. Yet, as I kept reading I found that that my excitement for this book went downhill. Not quickly but slowly until the point that I was about twenty chapters in and I was ready to be done with this book. I actually did skip ahead until the last four chapters of the book. I wanted to see how it ended. What I read in the last four chapters was not exciting enough to make me go back and read the rest of the book. Not Mr. Crouch's best work.