The House in the Pines

A Novel

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Publisher Description

An instant New York Times bestseller!

“This is an absolute, can’t-put-it-down thriller. . . . It’s truly a wild ride that had me flying through chapter after chapter—which I think is the perfect way to kick off your year of reading.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club Pick January 2023)

Armed with only hazy memories, a woman who long ago witnessed her friend’s sudden, mysterious death, and has since spent her life trying to forget, sets out to track down answers. What she uncovers, deep in the woods, is hardly to be believed. . . .

Maya was a high school senior when her best friend, Aubrey, dropped dead in front of the enigmatic man named Frank whom they’d been spending time with all summer.
Seven years later, Maya lives in Boston with a loving boyfriend and is kicking the secret addiction that has allowed her to cope with what happened years ago, the gaps in her memories, and the lost time that she can’t account for. But her past comes rushing back when she comes across a recent YouTube video in which a young woman suddenly keels over and dies in a diner while sitting across from none other than Frank. Plunged into the trauma that has defined her life, Maya heads to her Berkshires hometown to relive that fateful summer—the influence Frank once had on her and the obsessive jealousy that nearly destroyed her friendship with Aubrey.
At her mother’s house, she excavates fragments of her past and notices hidden messages in her deceased Guatemalan father’s book that didn’t stand out to her earlier. To save herself, she must understand a story written before she was born, but time keeps running out, and soon, all roads are leading back to Frank’s cabin. . . .
Utterly unique and captivating, The House in the Pines keeps you guessing about whether we can ever fully confront the past and return home.

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 3
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Mystery gal D ,

Just ok

Hard to get through

KT1080 ,

Had potential, failed to meet a meaningful ending.

The book started off semi-solid, was captivating enough to be an early page turner. But the book started to go off in some pretty random directions that didn’t seem applicable to the storyline. The ending felt incredibly disappointing and rushed. Admirable effort for a first novel, but not terribly satisfying.

Tayrocks1217:) ,

Something new and intriguing

This was definitely an interesting and new read of a topic that I haven’t read about before. I love thrillers and books that keep you questioning, so this was a good match for me. There were definitely slow parts and segments with a little too much description, but overall a good book!