Pine

Pine Review

They are driving home from the search party when they see her.

The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she's gone.

In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren's mother a decade ago.

Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father's turbulent mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing it's no longer clear who she can trust.

In spare, haunting prose, Francine Toon creates an unshakeable atmosphere of desolation and dread. In a place that feels like the end of the world, she unites the gloom of the modern gothic with the pulse of a thriller. It is the perfect novel for our haunted times.

Title:Pine
Edition Language:English

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  • Amalia Gavea

    ''With all the lights on, there is still a darkness in the house.''In a small community in the haunting Scottish Highlands, the strange disappearance of a mother has cast a shadow over the lives of t...

  • Dem

    I was really looking forward to Pine as it is described on the Book Jacket as “both eerie and thrilling” and seemed to be a perfect choice for one of my February reads. However, I am afraid this o...

  • Blair

    10-year-old Lauren lives with her dad, Niall, in a small Scottish town. Her mother Christine disappeared some years ago. Right from the start we are plunged into an intriguing, eerie mystery: a young ...

  • Liz Barnsley

    I seem to be on a run of unsettling, beautifully written novels at the moment, Pine is incredibly moving, intensely unnerving and genuinely absorbing from first page to last.The edgy, offbeat prose re...

  • NAT.orious reads ?

    Will I purchase this book based on its cover? Well, you know me....

  • Joseph

    Francine Toon’s eerie and unsettling debut novel Pine is set in a small and remote Highland town, where the nearest supermarket is 23 miles away, and the planned opening of an Aldi has been a topic ...

  • Eric Anderson

    I don’t know why reading something which is slightly spooky set in a cold location during the winter months is so satisfying, but it is. “Pine” takes place over the chilly months of Autumn and W...

  • Louise Wilson

    This story is set in the rural Scottish highland community. Lauren and her father, Naill are driving through the wood that surrounds their village one Halloween when a woman stumbles onto the road. Th...

  • Jess??

    Pine by Francine Toon is creepy, thrilling and has a supernatural feel to it.It keeps you on the edge for what's coming next but I felt I was dropped into the middle of the story and not feeling which...

  • Tho M.

    Such a disappointment.The book opens up really atmospheric, and has the potential to be really interesting. And story at its core had a lot of potential.However the mystery element was really poorly w...