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In the Vines

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews

Family ties so strong you can’t escape…

Mary Olivia Pentecost, known as Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country—and one of the most guarded. Now, two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv—once her closest relative and c

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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2018 is the year for gothic noir suspense.

In the Vines is a disturbingly creepy story set in New England, with Mary Olivia Pentecost (Mop) and her Aunt Liv Vandonbeer playing center stage. Mary Olivia and her family are one of the most wealthy families in America, dating their genealogical power back to the inception of the United States. Mop has a strong and very loving relationship with her family, but her closest relative is her "Aunty" Liv. Liv resides by herself in her own estate, rather
Kristy K
This story is bananas.

It’s like every Poe story smushed into one. And I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

The timeline is a bit all over the place, present and two weeks ago (Mop) and two years ago (Aunty Liv) with many past memories interspersed. Surprisingly this works and the story feels cohesive even if it is jumping around. The writing is very atmospheric albeit a bit wordy. In fact, I think it would have made a great novella or short story as I felt a lot of scenes we
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Amazon Publishing partner I was gifted In The Vines by Shannon Kirk via Netgalley. Wow! This was such a fun, creepy, crazy read!

I have a rule. A rule that is pretty stupid on my part but still, my rule. If I can’t read a book within two days, I lose interest 🤷🏻♀ Why am I like this? No clue, just my thing. Well, this gem broke my rule. With life, school, recitals, etc my reading time this week was limited. So, to my surprise I ended this gem on day 4. I could NOT stop! I had to know wh
Abby (Crime by the Book)
4.5/5 stars! I loved this read - such a fun page-turner with a dark side. Find my full review here:
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re craving a super dark and highly compelling read to binge on this summer, look no further because In the Vines has all of that and much more. This was a creepy gothic read that bordered on horror at some points, it sure as hell scared me half to death and you guys know how much I love that!

This is told alternately from Mop’s point of view and her Aunty Liv’s and it does jump around time wise, but everything is clearly labeled and easy to follow. Mop was a great character, but what does
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sometimes a book just doesn't work for me. I want to like it, but the story just doesn't rock my boat. Unfortunately, In the Vines is one of them. I was really looking forward to reading the book, however, from the start did I feel a bit confused when it came to the story, with the jumping between present and past.

We have the story from two years earlier with Mop's aunt having an affair with a married man. She's waiting for him to reveal this to his wife, but things go a bit wrong there. In the
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Olivia Pentecost, better known as Mop, was born into wealth. Her family hails from old money and lives tucked away on large estates in New England. All of her life Mop has been close to her Aunty Liv. That is until two years ago when her mother mysteriously died at Liv’s estate. The story of her death was that one night in the back cottage where she usually stayed, she fell asleep with a lit cigarette in her hand, which ultimately caused a fire. Waking in a burning down cottage, Mop’s mothe ...more
Ludwig Riviera
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
IN THE VINES - Shannon Kirk

After two years of her mother's death, Mary Olivia Pentecost (Mop) decides to go to her aunt's estranged seaside estate and hopefully find out the truth about what really happened to her mother, and other shocking family secrets she never imagined could even exist.

The book starts with a heart-thudding scene taking place in the present time, featuring one of the protagonists being trapped in a burned guest cottage and seeking escape from a demented woman with a hatchet
Thank you so much Amazon Publishing and Thomas & Mercer for providing my free gorgeous copy of IN THE VINES by Shannon Kirk - all opinions are my own.

I am literally obsessed with this disturbing, mysterious, and chilling novel. The story centers around Mary Olivia Pentecost (aka Mop), who comes from an established, affluent family in New England. She was very close to her family, especially her Aunty Liv, until two years ago, Mop’s mother, Johanna mysteriously died by jumping off a cliff int
Lorrie McCullers
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried 3 times to get into this book, but I just couldn't!

The premise itself is a good one: a woman dies while staying at her sister's guest house, which results in tearing the family apart. But then all the other plot points come in -- the sister is having an affair, she stalks the wife, there's a lady being kept in a barn... what? There's just too much going on. Combine that with the storyline jumping back and forth between past, recent past, and now and it just makes for a mish-mash that is
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you Amazon Publishing #Partner for the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

So, I started this in "Mop's" P.O.V. and I'll be honest here, I was so confused, but that's the beauty of this book, you read those first few pages and then you have to keep reading further to see what the hell is going on. This dark, gothic, suspense is told in alternating chapters, characters, and times, while that may sound confusing, it's really not.

This bo
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review! (But absolutely would have reviewed it anyway if I didn't because HOLY COW everyone needs to read this book!!)

In The Vines is the best thriller I've read so far this year (and probably last year too). Kirk is by far one of my favorite authors that's emerged in the genre (and other genres too!) in the past few years and she doesn't disappoint with In The Vines. It's pretty different than her previous thriller Method 15/33, but delivers j
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally a 300-page panic attack.

I love books that push boundaries and this book does just that. IN THE VINES is a thriller that, in my opinion, borders on horror. The writing style is haunting and really makes you feel like you may actually be becoming unhinged right alongside the characters.

The story also has a great gothic that is really thought out and fleshed out well. I love a creepy, sprawling estate setting.

IN THE VINES comes out July 17!
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm setting this one aside for right now. I may just be burned out on thrillers; I'm not sure. I haven't been able to connect with this one, though. The writing is gorgeous, but it's just a bit slower than I expected but. There are some mysteries going on, but they haven't kept my attention very much. I feel like things are going in circles. Anyway, I may pick it up again another day.
Calista Andrechek
This story is about Mop, Mary Olivia Pentecost, her Aunty Liv and her mother Johanna Vandonbeer, three very close women who also happen to be in the richest family in New England. Mop’s mother apparently jumped off the cliff behind Aunty Liv’s house after a fire two years ago and Mop hasn’t seen Aunty Liv since then. Mop was very close to both her mother and Aunt, who was like a second mother to her. Mop goes through her last two years at Princeton in a depressed fog, unable to understand why sh ...more
Dawn Reno Langley
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Kirk may just have earned the title of new Queen of the Psychological Thriller with her soon-to-be-released In the Vines. Though she has written other award-winning books, her first thriller, Method 15/33, is an international bestseller, and In the Vines is even more breathtaking than Method, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if she ends up on the New York Times bestselling list with this one!

This book grabs you by the throat, throws you into a tower, locks the door, tosses away the key,
Jen McCarthy
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Thank you #NetGalley for the advanced copy of #InTheVines...

I have to say I didn’t entirely enjoy this book. I thought the plot and suspense was great but at times the book was a little too wordy and/or confusing. The beginning was a little slow for me and I struggled to get through the first half of the book however once everything started to unfold I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what was going on! I would recommend this due to the storyline but be prepared to be a little
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
This isn't at all what I was expecting. I wanted a creepy/gothic mystery thriller filled with family secrets but this is just......boring. The writing is far too dense and wordy feeling, it didn't feel like I was reading a story at all but rather like reading an inner monologue about nothing from someone who spends all of their time reading a thesaurus.

DNF @ 25%
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy gothic mysteries
Shelves: fiction, arcs
In the Vines is a gothic thriller-mystery about a rich, powerful family and their dark secrets. Starting out, it describes the love between Mop, her mom Johanna, and her Aunty Liv. When Johanna dies in an accidental fire, Mop is enclosed in grief, and Aunty Liv mysteriously isolates herself from the family for 2 years.
Then Mops car breaks down by Aunty Livs house, and sees her for the first time. Aunty looks like an old witch, eye missing, broken teeth, wispy hair. And shes locking up the old b
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read in a week in which a family is redlining the crazy train. This was some ride and I have to sit and think about what I can and can't say because the doozies unfurled within these pages shouldn't be spoiled. This is told in three POVs and in varying timelines so the story is told by withholding secrets, fates and pertinent information to unravelling several mysteries throughout the story. It was great at keeping the tension but it was a bit exhausting after a bit. ...more
Suz Jay
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book through NetGalley.

IN THE VINES is a twisty thriller with two unreliable narrators. Mary Olivia Pentecost aka Mop is the young niece of the other point of view character, her Aunt Liv. The family is chock full of old money, secrets, and leverage over powerful people. Liv, a nurse, is in love with a married man, who she thinks can make all her dreams come true, but she knocks over a domino that starts a cha
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The beginning chapters were a bit confusing to me but after you read on, so many secrets are revealed. Horrible secrets.

The story hops between time periods and our main character, Mary Olivia Pentecost aka MOP, is in for a world of hurt and disappointment. She is from a very wealthy family, wealthy as in filthy rich and knowing people with connections. Mop’s mother supposedly died in a horrific accident 2 years previous. In that time Mop is trying to reconcile her feelings, get over her grief an
Natalie [genreneutralreader]
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
My mind is completely blown! In The Vines was a crazy and wonderful, modern, gothic thriller. Bonus points for being loaded with strong, fierce, fabulous, terrifying women.

Bizarrely, after just finishing the novel, I am finding it difficult to describe one central storyline. As the title suggests there are several stories within this novel twisted and knotted like vines. Mop is the daughter and niece of a pair of lovingly-tight-knit “Vanderbilt”-like sisters. A tragedy befalls her family and th
Kaylie (
*Somewhere between 4/4.5*

I knew from the moment I read the synopsis that this was going to be special, especially if you’re looking for something very dark/gothic. I knew from the moment one of the characters detailed a murder (where the victim was highly allergic to peanuts and the perp added crushed peanuts to their food to do it) that this was going to be meticulously and fantastically planned. Guess what? I was right!

It was a bit difficult to follow at times due to the differing perspective
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that when I started In the Vines, I didn't think that I was going to be able to get into the story. Thirty or so chapters of internal dialogue seemed more than I could take. I'm glad that I persevered, however. This is more than a Gothic mystery or a psychological thriller. The farther one is drawn into the minds of Mop and Aunt Liv, the more thrilling and mysterious the story becomes. It becomes horrific, this gradual slide from insecurity toward the edge of insanity. There are so ...more
Kathy Capone
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I was privileged to get a pre copy of this and could not put it down. Its a real page turner. Anyone who likes thrillers/love stories gone wrong will love this. Tells the story of the dynamics of family and how life's experiences effects your mind and how you react. Shannon has an imagination, that when put on paper, weaves a thrilling, what happens next scenario. You both hate and have sympathy for the "villain". Great detail for the history and landscape for where ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alternately told by Mop and her Aunt Liv, this is the tale of a family with a lot of secrets. Mop's mom jumped off a cliff behind Liv's house and Mop wants to know why. She isn't expecting to learn all that comes out when she finally gets Liv to talk. Liv is creepy and Mop is sympathetic . This has been described as a psychological thriller or as a modern gothic; I'm not sure it fits in either genre but it's a good fast read for those who like twisty family stories. Thanks to Netgalley for the A ...more
Brandy Kane
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love thrillers and wanted to give this book a chance after a bumpy start, but I feel it never got better. The writing was incredibly choppy, the characters all seemed absolutely insane, it was so hard to follow and actually disturbing at some points. So much of this book didn’t make sense, there was no real mystery, other than maybe wondering what on earth was going on. The characters felt thrown together, and the theme of sexual abuse that ran throughout the book seemed disjointed. This book ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
These short sentences. Are like a sledgehammer. pounding my brain. Nothing good to say. About this book.
Kristin (Always With a Book)
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My top 12 books of all time are as follows, in the following order--as in, if I was allowed only 12 books to bring to a deserted island where I was marooned for the rest of my life, these are what I would pack:

1. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabo)
2. Orphan Master's Son (Adam Johnson)
3. The Mummy Market (Nancy Brelis), tragically out of print, which makes ZERO sense because it's a classic
4. The Inc
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