In the Vines
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
This book grabs you by the throat, throws you into a tower, locks the door, tosses away the key, ...more
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 ...more
DNF @ 25%
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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