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Perfect Little Town [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ron and Jessica Stahl are a power couple from Southern California, on a Christmas driving holiday in the Colorado mountains.

When they stop for the afternoon in sleepy Lone Cone (Pop. 317), they’re charmed by the quaint tourist town which is filled with B&Bs, candy stores, and gift shops.

But the folksy hospitality will vanish as the sun drops behind the mountains. A winter storm is approaching, and the Stahls couldn’t have picked a worse night of the year to get snowed into this perfect little town with a dark, dark secret.

From the author of DESERT PLACES, ABANDON, and SERIAL UNCUT comes this 12,000-word horror novella, which also contains an interview with Blake, excerpts from all four of his novels, and a bonus excerpt of SERIAL UNCUT.

About the Author:

BLAKE CROUCH was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake is the author of four novels and numerous short stories. He lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.

Praise for Blake Crouch’s ABANDON:

ABANDON would make an excellent movie, switching back and forth between the plain-but-sturdy homes, saloon and church in 1893 and the same structures rotting to dust in 2009...a clever dual story.

ABANDON [is] two separate works of past and present seamlessly melded together into a single novel that demands to be read in one sitting, so you can better appreciate the beauty of Crouch’s storytelling…[O]ne of those books that almost instantly puts you in the mind of a classic.

Haunting, fast-paced, and thoroughly engrossing... ABANDON is one of the most original tales of ghosts, greed and gold I've come across. Crouch aligns both eras so perfectly, it's as if the characters are occupying the same breath within the space/time continuum. ABANDON will be one of the most talked-about books of the summer.

Ambitious…the palpable suspense just keeps building, and many thriller fans—especially those who like a touch of horror—will lose sleep to find out how it all ends.

ABANDON is terrific…a great storyteller hitting his stride.

Product Details

  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CJU1B4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crouch Potato February 26, 2011
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I loved Serial. That story was what turned me on to Blake Crouch. How the words on the page (screen? I read it on my Kindle) were transformed into disturbing and graphic images in my head was magic. In "Perfect Little Town" I experienced that same magic.

Bringing the whole story together was the sense of urgency felt in the main character, Ron Stahl. At every turn the guy's life was in danger. Was it real? Was he dreaming? How did they keep finding him? As I read, I felt the bitter cold, I felt my heart bumping, I smelled the marijuana smoke in the theater. Fantastic writing by Mr. Crouch.

It was a short story. The description of the story told us that. The price refelcted that. I read it and - lo and behold - it was short. Following the story was a series of interviews and excerpts form other stories. I enjoyed those as well. I don't understand the complaints. If you didn't want to read, why'd you buy a book?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary! August 20, 2010
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Perfect Little Town is a great read, but one of my new favorite horror authors. It's short, but it packs a lot of suspense and scares into the pages. It almost reminds me of a good Stephen King short story. Perfect Little Town starts out with a few characters you can identify with in an idyllic situation... and then before you know it you're holding onto the edge of your seat for dear life. If you decide to read this one late at night, prepare to hear something scary moving around just outside your bedroom.

The only potential negative here is the price, so be warned that you're not getting a whole ton of pages for your $2.99. I think it's worth it though, another solid thriller from Blake Crouch!
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be Warned April 28, 2011
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The title of this review is no reference to the evil doings in the novella's fictional town. Instead it refers to the quality of the work, its length, and the ludicrous price attached to it. Fifty percent of the length of this digital download is dedicated to an interview with the author and promotions of his other work. This betrays the early days of digital books and poor business decision-making in the price/value equation. In terms of the novella itself, it is a terrible homage to Jackson's The Lottery and King's Children of the Corn. After thoroughly enjoying Crouch's Run this was extremely disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, just too short August 4, 2012
By MikeNY
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I've been a fan of Crouch's writing for a while now and his style and vivid imagery is well represented here. I found the story to be mildly scary, mostly when Ron is on the run. The main problem was that it felt like the story was really getting going, and then it was over. Can't fault the author over that, but still. I wish there was more to the story. Overall, I enjoyed the Perfect Little Town, though not as much as others I have read by Crouch, Snowbound, Abandon, Run, or Serial Uncut. It is a decent short story for the price though, and is a great introduction into Crouch's stories for the uninitiated.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Town April 27, 2011
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This very brief story had a great beginning, no middle, and a poor ending. $2.99 for this "Story" is a joke and can be considered only a rip-off of Blake Crouch's fans. It should sell for 25 cents and come with a warning that someone probably spent more time developing the cover than the author spent on developing the story. You will be disappointed in the length and cost of this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Town October 15, 2012
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From the first page I was hooked! The action starts right away and just never stops. Has the main character of the story stumbled into an alternate universe? Has he lost his mind and found himself living in a nightmare that feels like a twisted horror version of Groundhog day? His body mind and spirit are pushed beyond imaginable limits.If you happen to be drawn into the Perfect Little Town....prepare to stay forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and different October 7, 2012
By Jenn
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The first pages of the book really draw you in. You have this feeling of something....NOT perfect is about to happen in the perfect little town. This was very good as a short story with a satisfying ending. I will definitely look into the Author's other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Town September 28, 2012
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This story was riviting. My one complaint is that it was not long enough. It had the quality of "Twilight Zone" stories but much more compelling. It was a "page turner."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too close to Wayward Pines
Definitely a page turner...but, like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, a disappointing ending...or was there an ending? Read more
Published 8 days ago by F.A.W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
A short story that wasn't very good. Then some previews from other books. A waste of time! I like Crouch but this sucked.
Published 1 month ago by Mikayla Bowlin
2.0 out of 5 stars Very short book
Good story but it gets cut off. It is like there is a piece missing. Very similar to another one of his books.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Creepy good!
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but too quick
Great story - wish it were longer. Blake Crouch is at his best when writing these stories about remote little towns that make you wonder what is really going on.
Published 2 months ago by Susan H
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
I don't get it: the Wayward Pines Trilogy, Desert Places and its sequels are all a good read; so how does garbage like this come to exist? Read more
Published 2 months ago by larryj
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by person
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
Weird! I loved it!
Published 2 months ago by patt johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, first read on Kindle and ordered this ...
Great book, first read on Kindle and ordered this authors works on mp3 cd for wife to listen, great author
Published 2 months ago by John Drennen
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange story
Story ended rather abruptly but I enjoyed reading what was there. Definitely a short story. I will look for another one by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels. His Wayward Pines series is being produced as a TV show by M. Night Shyamalan and will be airing on Fox in 2014.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many other publications.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website,, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at

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