Reviews

  • "I loved this book! Hugely atmospheric, exquisitely written and utterly gripping."

    Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
  • "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, author of THE WATER CURE
  • "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
  • "Combines the Gothic sensibilities of Shirley Jackson with the psychologically astute suspense of Gillian Flynn ... will leave you gripped and transfixed."

    Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
  • "A beautifully crafted gothic tale of isolation and not belonging. Thoroughly gripping and stunningly atmospheric."

    Lucy McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them
  • "(A) pacey horror-tinged novel ... Even with the strange and supernatural goings-on in the woods, it’s the rage and grief and darkness of grown-ups that’s the biggest mystery of all."

    Telegraph, Best First Novels of 2020
  • "This is true modern gothic ... Toon’s plain, poetic language has a hypnotic quality."

    Harper’s Bazaar
  • "The pristine prose of Pine is wrapped inside an eerily evocative cover illustration of a stag whose back and haunches have dissolved into trees and resembles the stylised opening credits for True Detective, the HBO drama. The story within is as gripping as any boxset."

    Sunday Times Scotland
  • "Splicing small-town domestic drama with grisly mystery and occult thrills, it’s a cleverly crafted debut."

    Metro
  • "Pine is a thrill of a book."

    i-D