The House in the Pines

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes Book Summary

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“This is an absolute, can’t-put-it-down thriller. . . . It’s truly a wild ride that had me flying through chapter after chapter—which I think is the perfect way to kick off your year of reading.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club Pick January 2023)

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, 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.

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes Book Reviews

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The book started off semi-solid, was captivating enough to be an early page turner. But the book started to go off in some pretty random directions that didn’t seem applicable to the storyline. The ending felt incredibly disappointing and rushed. Admirable effort for a first novel, but not terribly satisfying.

This was definitely an interesting and new read of a topic that I haven’t read about before. I love thrillers and books that keep you questioning, so this was a good match for me. There were definitely slow parts and segments with a little too much description, but overall a good book!

Hard to get through

The ending? It's as if the author must decided to stop in the middle of a story, what a waste of time.

After a slow start I stayed up to finish it eagerly about a quarter in . Worth it

Just unbelievable

Captivating suspense novel and a great first novel for the author. I look forward to future writings from this author.

The conclusion is def not what I expected but it was a solid read!

It’s a frustratingly laborious story. And on the rare moments a whiff of momentum is found the plot fizzles and the story returns back to its methodical, plodding pace. The abrupt and inconclusive ending feels like several chapters have been omitted

I am not sure how this got rated so high it was boring and simply not believable and I found myself flipping through pages to get to the end

Too difficult to continue reading and then just drags on and on.

Right from the beginning the story is interesting and just gets better and better. Very worthwhile read.

Not good. Don’t waste your money

I stopped reading this book three-quarters of the way through! I simply could not continue and, at that point, didn't even care how it ended. The story was convoluted, poorly written and boring. The protagonist was an unsympathetic and frustrating character. Sorry Reese, you blew this one!ozgran

Good writing, but not my style. It was creepy and I didn’t like ending.

Take a hard pass on this one. A Psy 101 student could see where this fiction was headed. There were no thrills in this “thriller”, just an insult to the intelligence of the reader and a lot of insults to the art of therapeutic hypnotherapy, Perhaps future works by this author will be better researched.

. . .and disturbing.

Had to force myself to finish this book. Not well written. Ambles through the entire book. I wouldn’t even give it one star.

Oh I loved this story! It was so good! I loved the writing and it really kept me guessing on what was going on. Cannot wait to read Ana Reyes next book.

I really liked the plot. I wish the ending was expanded upon.

The book was too slow. I couldn’t finish it, I left it at about chapter six.

Different read than usual. The last third moved at a good pace but the middle was a little bogged down. Overall a good read though.

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About Ana Reyes Wiki

Ana Cecilia Reyes (born 1974) is an American lawyer from Washington, D.C., who is serving as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Early life and education Reyes was born in 1974 in Uruguay and moved to Spain soon thereafter; she immigrated to Louisville, Kentucky, as a child. After her arrival in the United States, her first-grade teacher helped her learn English.Reyes received a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Transylvania University in 1996, a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2000, and a Masters in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, with honors, in 2014. Career Reyes deferred attendance at law school for one year to first work for Feminist Majority on an unsuccessful California drive to defeat the 1996 California Proposition 209, which sought to prohibit state governmental institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity, specificall....

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