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Laurie's Pick: "The House in the Pines" by Ana Reyes

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes features twenty-five year old Maya who is trying to kick a secret drug problem.

Maya was prescribed some medication while trying to cope with an incident that happened in high school to her best friend, Aubrey. Aubrey died mysteriously while arguing with Maya’s boyfriend, Frank. When Maya sees an online video of another girl who dies on camera

with Frank, she knows she must investigate to find out the truth about this man. Along the way, she discovers many dark secrets that make her question her sanity and threatens her grip on reality.

This book has an unreliable narrator due to Maya's addiction to pills and alcohol. These facts compelled me to discover if her memories were real or imaginary. The story shifts between past and present without notice, which gives the reader insight into Frank’s hold over Maya.

I found the story creepy without being overly scary. It definitely kept me guessing til the very end.

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