Pine

The spine-chilling Sunday Times bestseller

    • 3.8 • 104 Ratings
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Publisher Description

WINNER of the McIlvanney Prize 2020
Shortlisted for Bloody Scotland's Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2020
Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2020

'Hugely atmospheric, exquisitely written and utterly gripping' LUCY FOLEY, author of The Hunting Party
'It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end'
SOPHIE MACKINTOSH, author of Blue Ticket and The Water Cure
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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 the shadow of the Highland forest, Francine Toon captures the wildness of rural childhood and the intensity of small-town claustrophobia. In a place that can feel like the edge of the word, she unites the chill of the modern gothic with the pulse of a thriller. It is the perfect novel for our haunted times.
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Readers love PINE:

***** 'A beautifully written and incredibly atmospheric debut.'
***** 'Francine Toon is an author to watch out for.'
***** 'Would recommend to anyone who loves folk horror.'
***** 'A perfect spooky Halloween read!'

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
23 January
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Transworld
SIZE
3.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Heeghlan ,

Pine

Atmospheric

penwe ,

Lovely story but a bit long winded.

I enjoyed reading this book but foind it a bit confusing.

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