DOC [Pine By Francine Toon Francine Toon] young adult contemporary

10 thoughts on “Pine By Francine Toon

  1. says:

    ''With all the lights on there is still a darkness in the house''In a small community in the haunting Scottish Highlands the strange disappeara

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    I was really looking forward to Pine as it is described on the Book Jacket as “both eerie and thrilling” and seemed to be a perfect choice for one of my February reads However I am afraid this one failed to eit

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    10 year old Lauren lives with her dad Niall in a small Scottish town Her mother Christine disappeared some year

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    This book bewitched me It's been days since I finished it and I'm still mooning about the house like I've lost a friend It's such an immersive completely captivating experience I should ualify that it's doubly so for me because it's essentially set in my childhood; I grew up in the North East UK rather than Sc

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    I seem to be on a run of unsettling beautifully written novels at the moment Pine is incredibly moving intensely unnerving a

  6. says:

    Will I purchase this book based on its cover? Well you know me

  7. says:

    Francine Toon’s eerie and unsettling debut novel Pine is set in a small and remote Highland town where the nearest supermarket is 23 miles away and the planned opening of an Aldi has been a topic for discussion for months

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    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

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    This story is set in the rural Scottish highland community Lauren and her father Naill are driving through the wood that surrounds their village one Halloween when a woman stumbles onto the road They take her home with the

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    Such a disappointmentThe book opens up really atmospheric and has the potential to be really interesting And story at its core had a lot of potentialHowever the mystery element was really poorly written at the end The entire actual plot only introduced and solved within 20 pages no lieThe prose was SO WEAK and incredibly stilted The whole story felt really dragged out with so much useless detail just to be rushed and

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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 water The ripples go one two for each stone One day in summer he skimmed a stone and it touched the water six times before sinking He tries again One two He is tired Night is young the moon is bright Many thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on

REVIEW Pine By Francine Toon

Pine By Francine Toon

Y 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. Will I purchase this book based on its cover Well you know me


D 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. Francine Toon s eerie and unsettling debut novel Pine is set in a small and remote Highland town where the nearest supermarket is 23 miles away and the planned opening of an Aldi has been a topic for discussion for months It is a community where everybody knows everybody else So it s uite ironic that there s a mystery at the heart of this story Just under ten years before the events described in the novel a young woman named Christine disappeared without a trace Her partner Niall and their baby Lauren are still struggling to come to terms with this The villagers gossip about Niall s possible involvement in this disappearance their suspicions fuelled by his alcohol problem and evident anger management issues Lauren who doesn t remember her mother is bullied at school branded as the daughter of a witch Christine might well have recognised herself as one before her disappearance she was into alternative remedies crystal healing and fortune telling In secret Lauren is teaching herself spells and tarot reading from one of her mother s books her way of coping with a harsh and dangerous worldThe novel opens on a Halloween night On their way home in their truck after an evening out guising Lauren and her father come across a strange white gowned woman stumbling onto the road They take her home with them but the following morning she s gone and Lauren notices that Niall seems to have no recollection of the event Other ghostly and unexplained events take place Could they be harbingers of an impending tragedy The disappearance of teenager Ann Marie unearths memories of a mystery which has never gone away and Lauren and the whole village fear the worst Francine Toon was raised in the Highlands and she ably uses a setting familiar to her to create a dark uncanny atmosphere The novel s title refers both to Christine s name for her daughter Oren the Gaelic word for pine and to the forest which surrounds the village As in traditional fairy tales the trees coarse and tall in the winter light standing like men evoke dread but also a sense of something timeless and otherworldly This idea is also visually conveyed in the brilliant minimalist cover The references to folklore the Highland setting and the supernatural elements reminded me of another debut novel which I had greatly enjoyed Kerry Andrew s Swansong However there are also some clear differences between the approach of the two authors Whereas Andrew s story is steeped in folklore Toon s is darker its Wiccan elements pushing it towards horror It also owes much to the contemporary thriller which has turned the missing person trope into a veritable sub genreThe result is a gripping genre bending book which provides plenty of thrills supernatural and otherwise Indeed in the excitement of the story it s easy to miss its subtle realist aspects particularly the challenges of living in a small remote community especially if you are a young teenager raring to see the world This novel should also be read for this