The House in the Pines

A captivating psychological suspense debut about a young woman still haunted by her childhood best friend’s death who learns of an eerily similar incident and must find her way back to a cabin in the New England woods, armed with only hazy memories, to finally uncover the truth that has eluded her.

When Maya was a senior in high school, getting ready to leave for Boston University, her best friend, Aubrey died. What looked like sudden unexplained death. Only Maya never believed that. She was sure that a guy named Frank had something to do with it. And seven years later, Maya sees a video of another girl who just keels over dead and who is sitting with her but Frank.

Maya is struggling. Trying to withdraw from Klonopin and having an issue with alcohol. While her boyfriend is a great guy, she doesn’t tell him about either. Or Frank.

Now she is going home to her mother. Hoping to find Frank and the mysterious cabin in the woods and find out how he killed her friend.

For a Mystery/Thriller this moved at a snail’s pace. I almost gave up halfway through but slogged on. The ending was unique and inventive, however.

NetGalley/January 3rd, 2023 by Dutton

About the Author”

Ana Reyes has an MFA from Louisiana State University. Her work has appeared in Bodega, Pear Noir!, The New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teaches creative writing to older adults at Santa Monica College. The House in the Pines is her first novel.

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