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Pine

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

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 whom 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.

©2019 Francine Toon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end." (Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure)

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simply captivating! loved this book 💚

Loved this, straight forward, yet twisting and turning, reality to supernatural.
captures the idiosyncrasies of Highland village life.
beautiful tormented chatacters brought to life well by the narrator 💚

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An engaging story

I loved the story and the way Toon tells it, it is not unfamiliar by that familiarity is part of it’s appeal. Engrossing and engaging, I listened to it quickly, desperate to hear more.

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Good beginning & end, slow middle

I feel like you could only read the first & last couple of chapters to enjoy this book & save yourself the bother of the middle where nothing much happened.

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Not bad

Quite a good little story, quite enjoyable but wish there was more substance to the ending, there was a warm build up just felt it had potential to be better.

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good allround

don't expect much character growth or massive horror moments but if you're up for a story in an isolated setting with strong Wicca influence and genuinely creepy moments this is probably a good bet.

The plot isn't difficult to figure out so if you hate knowing what's gonna happen I wouldn't recommend. The narrator sounded a little too cheerful at some points and I feel the story would have had a darker tone without the voices she gave to the children (the main character is a child) and her positive inflexions but I think she did a good job and was a good pick for such a Scottish tale.