Pine (Hardback)Francine Toon (author)
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'It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end.' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
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.
'Hugely atmospheric, exquisitely written and utterly gripping.' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm
From the first page PINE casts a sense of slowly-rising unease that is completely compelling. It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end. * Sophie Mackintosh, author of THE WATER CURE *
If there's any doubt that the Gothic thriller is enjoying a boom, Francine Toon's debut should settle the matter. PINE, a moving study of memory and loss, is both spooky and tender; drenched in a sense of place and yet eerily timeless. * Mick Herron *
Combines the Gothic sensibilities of Shirley Jackson with the psychologically astute suspense of Gillian Flynn ... will leave you gripped and transfixed. * Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti *
A beautifully crafted gothic tale of isolation and not belonging. Thoroughly gripping and stunningly atmospheric. * Lucy McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them *
(A) pacey horror-tinged novel ... Even with the strange and supernatural goings-on in the woods, it's the rage and grief and darkness of grown-ups that's the biggest mystery of all. * Telegraph, Best First Novels of 2020 *
This is true modern gothic ... Toon's plain, poetic language has a hypnotic quality. * Harper's Bazaar *
The pristine prose of Pine is wrapped inside an eerily evocative cover illustration of a stag whose back and haunches have dissolved into trees and resembles the stylised opening credits for True Detective, the HBO drama. The story within is as gripping as any boxset. * Sunday Times Scotland *
Splicing small-town domestic drama with grisly mystery and occult thrills, it's a cleverly crafted debut. * Metro *
Pine is a thrill of a book. * i-D *
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I nabbed a free copy of this from the staff room and I'm so glad I did.
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