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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

In the Pines (Columbia River #3) | Review


Rating - ⭐⭐⭐.25


"A national treasure hunt with a $2 million prize has driven obsessed fortune seekers to overrun the small town of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. The hunt’s cryptic clues and the lure of wealth have exposed the desperate side of human greed: theft, fights, trespassing—and even the motive to kill. Police chief Truman Daly craves peace in his town but has a murder on his hands instead. Now the big prize isn’t the only thing hiding in the pines. So is a killer.


When a young boy walks into the local café and claims his mother and baby sister have been missing for weeks, FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick investigates and exposes a disturbing twist in his story. Deep family secrets and lies that started sixty years ago have burst into the present, bringing with them deadly consequences.


Mercy’s and Truman’s investigations lead down a path of murder, revenge, and buried secrets to uncover two intertwined mysteries as dark as an Oregon forest."


 

In the Pines is the third novel in Columbia River, a mystery series by Kendra Elliot.


 

First and foremost, I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake for giving me the opportunity to review this in advance. Please note that this in no way affects my opinion. Also note that what I read was an ARC, and things may be subject to change for the official release.

 

This was a decent book, if not basic. I am a bit sad that the book didn't lean more into the treasure hunting aspect because I found that to be the most interesting aspect of the plot. I also simply would have liked more context regarding that, since we don't get to know much about the man behind the poem and fortune.


It took a bit for all the plotlines to come together, as it naturally does, but I don't think I was 100% satisfied with the way everything was tied together. Overall though, I did enjoy myself well enough while I was reading, but it wasn't anything to call home about.

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