Pines - Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 1)
One way in. No way out.
Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a mission: locate 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.
As the days pass, Ethan's investigation 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 farther from the world he knew, from the man he was, until he must face a horrifying fact--he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
"She loved at light-speed. No hesitation. No regrets. No conditions. No reservations."
"Perfection was a surface thing. The epidermis. Cut a few layers deep you begin to see some darker shades."
"A night for humanity in all its evil, joy and madness. A celebration in hell." "A nagging premonition in the back of his mind whispered he'd just willingly placed himself in terrible danger."
My only regret is that I hadn't read this book before I watched the series. As much as I loved this book, I think it would have had me on tenterhooks had I not. Yet it still managed to surprise me in places and kept me hooked the whole way through. I love how Blake Crouch addresses his love of Twin Peaks and how it inspired this series--you definitely get that vibe and I am so here for it. There's a subtly in how the plot unfolds that makes you pause and ask, "Hang on, what?" Which I LOVE.