The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes #booktwitter #bookreview #mystery #thriller @duttonbooks


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, mysteriously 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.


Maya is living in Boston and secretly trying to kicking a Klonopin addiction. But, when she sees a YouTube video of a young woman dropping dead in the presence of a man she used to know, it brings back some memories she would just soon forget.

Maya is a character that is a bit of a conundrum. I liked her but I felt she was a tad bit weird. But, as the story continues to unfold, the reader figures out why. And boy…it makes you think!

This story started strong and then slacked off a bit. Then it had a twist that I sort of guessed, but just didn’t know to what extent it would actually have on Maya. Maya was definitely affected and affected BIG TIME!

I really enjoyed the slow reveal of what actually happened to Maya. This was a twist I will not soon forget!

Need a book which will give you a surprise…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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4 Responses to The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes #booktwitter #bookreview #mystery #thriller @duttonbooks

  1. Nice review…this sounds good.

    I didn’t get approved…glad you were able to read it.

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