Twisted Pines, Review

Author Lane Baker

This is the spoiler free review of Twisted Pines. If you would like to learn about all the twists and turns of this novel in full spoiler detail please go here.

Thank you to author Lane Baker for providing me with a copy of Twisted Pines in order to write this honest review.

There are a few things that I really look for in a novel. I want it to tell me a story I haven’t read before. I want to not be able to predict it. And I want it to not be boring. Twisted Pines accomplished all three.

It’s the story about a young camp councilor’s first summer at a remote camp for children. Abe takes the job more because he doesn’t know what else to do than that he has any desire to work with children or be outdoors. He has the typical young adult need to find himself as well as find young adult female companionship.

At the camp children start to go missing for short periods of time. This is where the mystery starts. Abe gets caught up in events much larger than he could have ever imagined when he took this summer gig.

The concept is intriguing and I can honestly say I had no idea what direction it would take me. I can also say that I was very pleased with the ending. I didn’t see it coming but it was exactly what it should have been.

The book does suffer from some pacing issues. The first half of the book follows the camp counselors and attempts to develop their characters through sometimes awkward dialogue. Abe has a crush on Diane and I kept having to remind myself that being weird about crushes is a normal thing to be preoccupied with when you’re very young.

I think if the book had been longer overall the character development phase would have worked a little better as long as some more of the mystery tension was also built but as it stands it felt like an overly long introduction. The vocabulary of the book is also sometimes stilted and there are more than several typos throughout the book as a whole.

However, when I got to the second half I found myself extremely curious to see where the rest would take me. There is a sudden turning point where things get weird and creepy and I really wanted to see how it all played out. Once again, I really enjoyed the ending so it was well worth getting there.

I would recommend Twisted Pines to fans of YA sci fi who are looking for something they definitely haven’t seen before.

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