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When Maya stumbles across a viral video showing a young woman's mysterious death in a diner, her past comes rushing back to her. Seven years ago, her best friend Audrey died suddenly and mysteriously in much the same way. The young woman in the video and Aubrey have something else in common, both were in the presence of the same man at the time of their deaths, Maya's one-time boyfriend Frank. Even though she couldn't prove it seven years ago, Maya always knew Frank was involved in Aubrey's death. This time Maya is determined to prove Frank is a murderer--before he can kill again. The more Maya digs into the past, the more she begins to unravel about her own memories, and the truth may be more than Maya can handle.
An instant New York Times bestseller
"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 Jan '23 Pick)
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.