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Pine

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
WINNER of the McIlvanney Prize 2020
Shortlisted for Bloody Scotland's Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2020

'It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end' SOPHIE MACKINTOSH, author of The Water Cure

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 community where daughters rebel, men quietly 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 mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing it's no longer clear who she can trust.

In the shadow of the Highland forest, Francine Toon captures the wildness of rural childhood and the intensity of small-town claustrophobia. In a place that can feel like the edge of the word, she unites the chill of the modern gothic with the pulse of a thriller. It is the perfect novel for our haunted times.

'Hugely atmospheric, exquisitely written and utterly gripping' LUCY FOLEY, author of The Hunting Party

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"I loved this book! Hugely atmospheric, exquisitely written and utterly gripping." - Lucy Foley

"If there's any doubt that the Gothic thriller is enjoying a boom, Francine Toon's debut should settle the matter. PINE, a moving study of memory and loss, is both spooky and tender; drenched in a sense of place and yet eerily timeless." - Mick Herron

"From the first page PINE casts a sense of slowly-rising unease that is completely compelling. It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end." - Sophie Mackintosh

"A beautifully crafted gothic tale of isolation and not belonging. Thoroughly gripping and stunningly atmospheric." - Lucie McKnight Hardy

"Combines the Gothic sensibilities of Shirley Jackson with the psychologically astute suspense of Gillian Flynn ... will leave you gripped and transfixed." - Sharlene Teo


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Hardback Editions

January 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Pine: The spine-chilling and prize-winning, atmospheric debut
Author(s): Francine Toon
ISBN: 0-85752-670-7 / 978-0-85752-670-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

October 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pine: The spine-chilling and prize-winning, atmospheric debut
Author(s): Francine Toon
ISBN: 1-78416-482-8 / 978-1-78416-482-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan Ireland
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pine
Author(s): Francine Toon
ISBN: 1-78162-052-0 / 978-1-78162-052-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Ireland
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Pine
Author(s): Francine Toon
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Pine
Author(s): Francine Toon
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Pine
Author(s): Francine Toon
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Pine: The spine-chilling, atmospheric debut of 2020
Author(s): Francine Toon
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU