Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Book: The House in the Pines

 Book: The House In The Pines

Author: Ana Reyes

Pages: 336

This is my 30th read for the year

This is the story of Maya.  When Maya was a senior in high school, her best friend Aubrey died mysteriously in front of her and Maya's ex-boyfriend, Frank  Now - 7 years later, Maya sees a news story online where her ex-boyfriend, Frank, is with a girl who dies mysteriously at a diner.  Maya - whose memories of Aubrey's death and the time surroudning it are hazy at best, feels that Frank must be responsible for both deaths.  She sets out to get to the bottom of it by returning to her home town and piecing together the parts that seem to be missing and finds herself back to the trauma that shaped her whole life and lead to an alcohol and drug addiction that she can't quite seem to kick.

Her return to her past brings up so many memories of her childhood and time with Aubrey and while she tries to figure out what is happening with Frank, she starts to heal herself so that she can finally move on.

This was an okay read.  I knew right away who the bad guy was going to be, but it took awhile for the story to unfold with the why and how.  There aren't really any crazy twists and turns, and I would not characterize this as a thriller (even though I think that was its intention).  It is a bit far fetched and a little out there, but I did want to read it to the end to see where it was going.  Ending fell a bit flat.

Would I recommend?  Probably not.  But if you are looking for an easy read to just pass some time, it might peak your interest.

Stars: 3 

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