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REVIEW Pine By Francine Toon

SUMMARY Pine By Francine Toon 108 Õ 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 hY where daughters rebel men uietly 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 min.

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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 communit. ''With all the lights on there is still a darkness in the house''In a small community in the haunting Scottish Highlands the strange disappearance of a mother has cast a shadow over the lives of the residents Lauren a 10 year old girl lives with her father and tries to find the links that may lead to the resolution of her mother's enigma and the healing of her family's wounds Strange incidents insecurity and bullying form a terrible labyrinth for the young girlThis novel is really something else The plot is tightly woven and touches on a plethora of themes There are elements of Mystery Horror Folklore Literary Fiction but at its heart lies a very real very deep story of a family that has lost its way and joy and a community that is divided between pity and cruelty Toon focuses on the father daughter relationship a very particular very demanding process and the teenage inclination to uestion and search Where would the world be without it The writer presents the harsh reality of bullying coming from the awful so called ''popular'' students like monsters if you ask me with stark clarity and honesty without being over the top or melodramatic Lauren and Niall are two people looking for an anchor hiding secrets that darken their world Apart from the realistic elements of the plot Toon pays a moving homage to the vast Scottish tradition and the legendary British Horror genre The Scottish Highlands is a land of mystery and tremendous energy Lauren has to put up with people who call her mother a ''witch'' and live in what seems to be a cursed house Selkies kelpies and other mythical creatures of the Scottish tradition are interwoven with features of ancient and modern witchcraft and the story is taken on a whole new level through the focus on folk music ballads and lullabies that make the reading experience so much special You will discover real gems hereThe temperature drops suddenly a flowery perfume fills the air in an empty house strange shadows and female figures are seen women appear in the nightly streets Houses are plagued by unnatural phenomena and a strange darkness hovers over the community Windows turn black out of the blue and candles flicker There are uite a few deliciously scary parts and the haunting atmosphere of Scotland is at its best in this beautiful novel And on a side note I realized once that I've always found nurseries really really unsettlingJust read this short paragraph ''The clouds shift and a bright day comes through the kitchen window catching dust motes and things that need to be replaced or fixed After an hour's work the light fades and the house feels emptier He watches the dark oven and the bulb that has been dead for years behind the murky glass door''I love unsettling stories and this novel is beautifully unsettling Full of memorable and realistic characters written in excellent haunting and moving prose it has the readers checking over their shoulders and wary to expect the unexpected because you are certain that danger is close yet its source is inscrutableThis novel is an autumnal twilight A silent wintry night lit only by the flickering lights of the windows It is a late summer evening A mystery lurking at the side of the road ''The water stretches out in the twilight mist to the large slopes of hills like the resting bodies of giants under a huge sky There is a tiny house with a red roof on the other side of the firth evaporating into the falling dark on a clear day he can usually see white specks of sheep In the grainy night air he looks carefully for flat stones along the smooth curve of the shore Once he has found a few he skims them across the black

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Pine By Francine ToD Neighbours know than they let on but when local teenager Ann Marie goes missing it's no longer clear who she can trust In spare haunting prose Francine Toon creates an unshakeable atmosphere of desolation and dread In a place that feels like the end of the world she unites the gloom of the modern gothic with the pulse of a thriller It is the perfect novel for our haunted times. I don’t know why reading something which is slightly spooky set in a cold location during the winter months is so satisfying but it is “Pine” takes place over the chilly months of Autumn and Winter in a remote town in the Highlands of Scotland where the community often helps each other through personal difficulties and hard times but there are also long held secrets bullying villains and mysterious characters The story centres around the lives of an adolescent girl named Lauren and her hard drinking father Niall Lauren’s mother Christine disappeared while she was a baby but there are moments where her ghostly spectre seems to haunt their lives Christine practiced New Age techniues and magic which is a speciality her daughter Lauren also pursues This a novel set in contemporary times but it harkens back to a gothic sensibility where the supernatural blurs into reality It makes for an atmospheric and riveting reading experience But there’s also a moving tenderness to the way the characters are portrayed with their long held grief and solemn isolation Read my full review of Pine by Francine Toon on LonesomeReader