Dark Psychological Fairy Tale is Reese’s January Book Club Pick

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes

What do you belong to?

This unquenchable thriller follows Maya as she tries to prove once and for all that her best friend was murdered years ago by her then-boyfriend.

Reese Witherspoon has announced her book club January choice as First Author Anna ReyesThe house in the pines (Dutton).

Filled with eerie nostalgia, hard-to-guess twists, and a fascinating look at how quickly a “going home” fantasy can unravel, the book is an impressive new launch for Reyes that’s already receiving rave reviews.

Bestselling author Riley Sager describes it as “a compelling blend of psychological thriller and dark fairy tale. By focusing not on the whodunnit but the how and why, Ana Reyes’ stellar debut explores the many ways our memories can fail us — and how they can set us free.”

The house in the pines is an unquenchable thriller that follows Maya as she tries to prove once and for all that her best friend was murdered years ago by her then-boyfriend…even though he never touched her. As Maya delves into Frank’s past and her vague memories of that summer, she quickly realizes that what she remembers does not match what happened; Something sinister is playing.

Witherspoon herself couldn’t be more excited: “This is an absolute no-holds-barred thriller that follows Maya as she tries to prove once and for all that her best friend was murdered years ago by her then-boyfriend, Frank. As Maya delves into Frank’s past and present, she finds a chain of similar mysterious deaths. It really is a wild ride that has me flying through chapter after chapter – which I think is the perfect way to start your year of reading.”

Armed with only hazy memories, a woman who long ago witnessed the sudden and mysterious death of her friend and has spent her life since then trying to forget, sets out to track down the answers. What you discover, deep in the woods, is hard to believe.

Maya is a high school student when her best friend, Aubrey, mysteriously falls dead to the mysterious man named Frank they’ve been spending time with all summer.

Seven years later, Maya is living in Boston with her loving boyfriend and kicking a secret addiction that has allowed her to deal with what happened years ago, the gaps in her memories, and the lost time she can’t explain. But her past quickly flashes back when she comes across a recent YouTube video of a young woman suddenly shivering and passing out in a diner while sitting across from Frank.

Overwhelmed by the trauma that defined her life, Maya heads back to her hometown of Berkshire to relive that fateful summer – the effect Frank once had on her and the obsessive jealousy that nearly destroyed her friendship with Aubrey.

At her mother’s house, she digs up fragments of her past and notices hidden messages in her deceased Guatemalan father’s book that had never been brought out to her. To save herself, she must understand a story written before she was born, but time is running out, and soon all roads lead to Frank’s cabin.

unique and captivating, The house in Pines It keeps you guessing if we can fully face the past and go home.


About Ana Reyes:

Ana Reyes holds an MFA from Louisiana State University. Her work appeared in Bodega, Pear Noir!, The New Delta Review, And in other places. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teaches creative writing to seniors at Santa Monica College. The house in Pines It is her first novel.

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes

Publish date: January 3, 2023

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Author: Anna Reyes

Pages: 336 pages

Publisher: Dutton

ISBN: 9780593186718

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