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The House in the Pines: A Novel

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Maya once saw this cabin as an idyllic place, like a cottage from a fairy tale, but now she knows the danger that lurks beneath. I can't say I was overly invested with the story or with how unreliable Maya was, but I'm not mad I read it.

The book that Witherspoon described as “an absolute can’t-put-down thriller” emerged over seven years, including long stretches when Reyes wasn’t revising at all. Her boyfriend, Dan, recognized that something was off with Maya but she was unwilling and scared to share her story with him. And when the woman Frank is with seems to drop dead right in front of him, without so much as a touch, Maya knows that Frank is up to something.After a disastrous dinner at her boyfriend's parent's house, Maya knows she can't live with not knowing the truth any longer.

The first half of the book was absorbing and intriguing, but the plot began to fall apart, ultimately ending without a satisfying ending for a traditional suspense reader.

While she is back home, Maya tries to keep her Klonopin addiction at bay, and discovers that her Guatemalan father's book (unfinished, due to his untimely death) may have some unique connections to her current situation.

And like all amazing thrillers, it has a crazy twist that I can’t tell you, because it will give the whole thing away.Reyes’ thriller, published Tuesday by Dutton, tells the story of a woman who believes that a friend’s death years before was the result of murder—and discovers that the friend’s boyfriend at the time has been linked to other mysterious deaths. This was her chance to prove that Frank had murdered Aubrey all those years ago and now had murdered another woman.

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