With only a few days left before Halloween, we have been rushing to squeeze in at least a couple chilling reads. While days are getting shorter and colder, the horror book based in rural Scotland seemed like a perfect choice.
The book follows the story of Lauren and her father Niall as they live life in a quiet little village. Despite everyone in the area knowing each other, the place is full of secrets – her mother’s disappearance, a young teenager missing and so much more. Lauren, misunderstood and being bullied by her classmates, turns to her tarot cards, hoping to figure out just who she can trust.
Book hits all the right spots for a horror novel. Distant, secluded house, lonely confused girl, disturbed father and woman in white in the middle of the night. The author manages to keep tenseness very well and draws you in the total vastness of the surrounding world. Small details as strange rituals, poltergeist, dark woods build anticipation through the whole story.
Unfortunately what almost ruined the book for us was the ending. It felt rushed and took out all built-up mystery from the story. Almost all strange, mysterious or scary things were taken out and never to be seen or explained again. It felt very anti-climatic and a little sad because it started so well.
We talked about the meaning of some symbols in the story and what loneliness does to people. One of the most interesting points was the authors choice of the name Pine. We also discussed topics on how even the smallest of the places could protect the most extensive secrets.
A good read before Halloween, but otherwise lacking polish. Would only recommend if you are looking for an easy, quick read before the end of the month.
3 out 5 from both of us
📖 Review by 👩🏻🦰 & 🧔