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 confidante.But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense.

In the Vines Details

TitleIn the Vines
Author
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Contemporary

In the Vines Review

  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 than at the Rye estate with Mop, her parents, and her paternal aunt. Mop has established a life of her own with her Aunty Liv—falling in love with the neighbor's son Manny and basically looking at her aunt as a second mother. Aunty Liv is very close with Mop's mother, Johanna, and they have a trifecta of strength together. This family is far from perfect, but with wealth comes power. The family ties of both the Vandonbeer and Pentecost crests are stronger than any obstacle that comes their way. As Mop gets older, she realizes the power of her family name and the secrets they hold dear. With a family surrounded by secrets and betrayals, the only way they can survive with the power and fortune that they share, is by venturing through it together.I really didn't want to give you a more detailed synopsis of In the Vines because the story is told in such a peculiar, original way. The mystery behind In the Vines is why this book is so powerful and intriguing to me. I guarantee that you will be surprised in how this story plays out—the synopsis doesn't give you even a hint of what to expect. We start the story in the present, with Mop dealing with a situation (to put lightly), and we continue on with the story by transitioning between time frames and point of views. In the Vines starts off with a modern-day Grey Gardens vibe, but will knock the socks right off of you if unprepared. It's a graphic, chilling, and refreshingly honest read about how family dynamics, no matter how rich or poor they can be, are the most challenging. In the Vines starts off with mystery and confusion. You really don't know what the hell is going on, and that's the point. The intrigue of the first half of the story left me guarded, confused, and in anticipation for what's to come. Once the main story arc arrives at it's climax, everything falls into place. Overall, In the Vines is an original, mysterious, gothic, fun read that delivers. Thank you Amazon Publishing for the free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. In the Vines will be released on July 17 so make sure to put this on your TBR list. I'm serious.
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 were too descriptive, the information over abundant. Family secrets are revealed and psychopathy shines through in this crazy thriller with a touch of horror.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 what was going on!Enter Mop, Mary Olivia Pentecost, the daughter of Johanna Vandonbeer Penetecost and niece of (Liv) Lynette Viola Vandonbeer. Three very close women that come from the richest family in New England.Mop’s mother jumped into the ocean behind “Aunty” Liv’s property two years ago. Mop hasn’t seen or heard from Aunty in those two years. Aunty was like a second mother to her niece so now Mop feels alone and unloved. Well, that’s about to change and ohh Lordy does it get W-I-L-D!Good god this was addicting! Told in two different POVs, Mop’s and Aunty’s from past and present with somewhat long chapters. If you know me, I like my chapters short but that did NOT take away any enjoyment while reading this. I know I am not saying much about the story but it’s because I feel like there are many story lines within this book. A LOT goes down and I could 👏🏼 not 👏🏼 get 👏🏼 enough! Who doesn’t love disturbing women 😈 Lies, SECRETS, gothic, disturbing AF, betrayals... ooo juicy!!!! 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.💫
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  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars! I loved this read - such a fun page-turner with a dark side. Find my full review here: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/3...
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 it say about me that I loved the mentally unstable and totally unhinged Aunty so much? (No need to answer that one 😜) Following her down a rabbit hole full of dark secrets and bat shit crazy musings was the most fun I’ve had in awhile, Kirk is such an outstanding writer that seeing Aunty’s stream of consciousness felt incredibly authentic, a true glimpse into the mind of someone living in total hysteria and paranoia.Besides the fabulous characterization the level of detail in Kirk’s writing is truly amazing. Her prose is so rich and packed full of meticulously detailed descriptions that this is one book I would recommend that you savor. The atmosphere she created of a seaside New England mansion that’s the center of several family tragedies and horrifying secrets was vividly drawn and extremely creepy. I could wax poetic for ages about how much I enjoyed her writing style, but I won’t bore you and will just finish by saying read the damn book, SO GOOD!In the Vines in three words: Immersive, Rich and Menacing.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 present story, we get Mop's situations as she is hiding from a crazy person with her "companion". These stories are interwoven until the end when Mop's situation is explained.I think my problem was that the story just didn't live up to my expectations, I wanted a creepy family story, and this one was more puzzling. I wanted to know the truth, why is Mops hiding from someone that wants to kill her? But, her aunt's storyline failed to impress me. On the plus side was Mops storyline better, her arriving at her aunt's place for the first time in two years and finding out that her aunt is a bit ... odd... In the Vines is a book that, if you are engrossed in the story will thrill you. The mystery is interesting. However, I admit that I speed read now and then towards the end. I liked the flashbacks to Mops growing up and I also found the beginning (the restaurant scene) pretty cool. I just wished I had like the story a bit more... I want to thank Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 mother discovered her body in flames and decided the only solution was to jump into the ocean from a nearby cliff. This decision ultimately killed her, although no body has been found to corroborate the story. Over the course of the two years since Mop’s mother died the tragedy has held Mop and Aunty Liv in its grasp. Aunty Liv has shut away her home. Literally layering locked chains upon the gates to keep visitors out. Mop has become a shadow of her former self. In an attempt to heal, Mop decides the time has come to reunite with Liv and sneaks onto her to estate. What she finds there is a world of darker secrets than she could ever imagine. Are the bonds of family strong enough to forgive all the wrongs Mop has found?IN THE VINES is a slow-burn journey into the lives of a family hiding a myriad of secrets. Kirk expertly paces IN THE VINES to unravel the actual events of Mop’s mother’s death two years ago, as well as the current situation we find Mop and Aunty Liv in. There is mystery surrounding every page of this book, as the reader stays in a state of confusion for many of the first chapters. That state of confusion is exactly what continued to drive me to binge read this book. I desperately needed to understand what was happening with Mop and Aunty Liv currently and what exactly happened in the past. Through the use of alternating narratives with timeline changes, the reader is able to catch up to both storylines almost simultaneously. Once you realize what exactly has happened and is currently happening there’s no stopping with reading this book. Just when you think that will be enough to sell you, let me also mention that Kirk has some of the most beautiful writing I’ve recently read. I was transported to New England through her atmospheric and realistic writing style. This book is one I highly recommend picking up this summer, but please know if you’re looking for an instant thriller, this isn’t that. It’s methodical, entertaining, and downright shocking at moments. All worth the slow-burn to get to a fantastic ending!A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
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  • Ihab Ludwig Mk
    January 1, 1970
    IN THE VINES - Shannon KirkAfter 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 IN THE VINES - Shannon KirkAfter 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 trying to kill her. From the start, it is evident how the story will unsettle you deeply - in a good way. The events - told through different periods of time: two years prior, two weeks prior and the present time - are incredibly engaging as we see through the mind of the main female characters: Mop, who is trying to figure out the truth about her family, and Aunty Liv, a woman whose overly dramatic view of life drives her to do strange and overwhelming things.Now that Mop is getting close to the truth, she begins to question her aunty's motives...What did Aunty Liv mean when she said there's a hospital bed in the barn? Why does her aunt keep the barn's front doors locked and its back barred? Who is the crazy woman in the barn?I loved how the descriptions of every thought and emotion are extremely intense and filled with horror. Shannon's writing is perfectly unpredictable and tremendously addictive.
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  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 into the ocean behind Liv’s property and Mop hasn’t seen her aunt since. Mop has been in a terrible state, a shell of her previous self, so one day she decides to visit her aunt and makes her way into the estate, but what she finds is a world of insanity and dark secrets.WOW, this book is highly addictive! The first few chapters left me in a state of confusion, but that is the genius of it. Right from the start, I had to keep reading because this book is SO damn good. The story is told from two perspectives, Mop and Aunty Liv, in alternating timelines with gripping storylines that concurrently come together to one magnificent end. It’s a compelling and intensely clever plot with characters I could not get enough of, especially Aunty Liv who is endearingly unhinged. Kirk’s prose is absolutely gorgeous - page after page of beautiful lyrical language and masterful storytelling. The gothic New England atmosphere is immersive with rich, vivid descriptions that I totally got lost in. With so many secrets and lies within this toxic family, you will not want to stop reading. IN THE VINES is unsettling, twisted, and a slow burn that you savor, but easily devour.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 book made me stay up deliriously late, I was so intrigued by what was happening. Kirk uses such peculiar word choices, that it's impossible to figure out who the references are alluding to, i.e. "my companion", "hatchet wielder", her, etc. It was such a clever way to keep the reader guessing, and on their toes. Which prevents it from falling into the predictable book trap.I loved this book, I found it dark, and delicious, and so different from anything I've read lately. I have a feeling this book is going to be huge. I found Kirk's writing to be very lyrical, and eloquent. I pictured myself at the Vandonbeer Estate, being in the gardens, reading in the library. It was a world that I was easily lost in. Which made for a great reading experience. There was something very reminiscent to the writing style of Edgar Allen Poe, for the modern day.This book is out July 17th, I will include some helpful links below.  Also, Shannon is one of the most interactive authors, I've come across which is outstanding. You guys should give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter.
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  • Lorrie McCullers
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 hard to follow. Furthermore, you get to where you just don't care what happens to these characters.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 just the same level of originality that takes the traditional "thriller formula" and turns it on its head. And, of course, does so through really solid writing. In The Vines is super dark (just how I like 'em) in plot and atmosphere. Crazy (sometimes literally... just read...), compelling characters that leap off the page with originality. And of course: twists I didn't see coming and that kept me up late two nights in a row turning pages to find out what happens next. Now I just need this book to COME OUT so I can talk about THAT ONE SCENE (omg, you'll know which one once you read it) with everyone I beg to read it. And now I just have to find my next book, which I already know will disappoint me after the high of In The Vines.Clearly, the only solution is: MORE SHANNON KIRK BOOKS, ASAP!!!
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Calista Andrechek
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 she is suddenly so alone, but all that is about to change.I had a really hard time getting into this novel right from the first chapter, I found it just jumped in and I was very confused at first to what was going on. The further in I got the less confused I became, but I did find it hard to connect with the characters. I didn’t enjoy how long the chapters are, but it did allow that character to share a big chunk of the story, which I did enjoy. I did like Mop, but I found it hard to like Aunty Liv; she has so many secrets and the way she handles them is totally abnormal. I did find myself trying to read faster so I could find out who was out in the woods with Mop.I did find myself about halfway wanting to read more and finding myself immersed in the story line finally. The writing is so different from anything else I have ever read that I think I just needed time to get used to it. It was written so beautifully, and I appreciated that as the story went on and some of the characters were getting more maniac, the writing got rougher and shorter to allow you to see just how this is affecting them. I did enjoy the book overall, and I think if you are anything like me, you have to give the book and writing time for you to get into it more because it is a really good novel.
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  • Dawn Reno Langley
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, and forces you to listen -- the same way Kirk's antagonist Aunty does. Think Stephen King's Misery meets Flowers in the Attic and they have a baby that looks like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Terrifying and twisted right until the last minute, this is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill thriller. Kirk's deft hand with point-of-view and her intimacy with the characters' voices create a breathless ride through a tale influenced by the author's love of Edgar Allen Poe, lord of the dark and spooky tale. Kirk's antagonist Aunty isn't the only unusual woman in this novel. The protagonist, Mop, is Mary Olivia Pentacost, a wealthy New Englander who lost her mother tragically and has returned to Aunty Liv's estate to heal. The grounds would challenge the overgrown estate, Grey Gardens, and that setting is another main character in this contemporary gothic tale.Without going into more detail (because of spoilers), let's just say this: it's not often that I stay up to purposely finish a book -- and it's even less often that the book occupies my thoughts for several days afterwards, but this one was the exception. The first chapter grabbed me, and the writing didn't let me go until the last page. I loved it! This one's another winner for Shannon Kirk!
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  • Jen McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 confused...
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  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    January 1, 1970
    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%
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  • Kaylie (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    *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 *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 perspectives and timelines, but that may be because I’m a failure and had to take a month hiatus in the middle of reading because I forgot my copy at a friend’s house. Why me?!I’m going to save my true thoughts for the pub day, but I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy when it becomes available! Full review coming soon to www.shihtzusandbookreviews.com 💕Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing me with an advance copy! It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts with everyone!
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  • Hana
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 barn? Whats in the barn?Thats where this mystery starts.I really didnt like this book at first. Or more like, I was largely undecided?? The plot was interesting, but the writing is so exhausting and descriptive. I get the gothic vibes, but still.And there's a lot of flashbacks. Back and forth, back and forth. But the second half really redeemed this book for me. Finally, all the mysteries start coming to light all at once, and my eyes couldnt read fast enough. The plot quickened, and I was dying to understand it all. I didnt really connect to the characters until the end, but I did appreciate the love they have for eachother. The ending was pretty good, and wrapped up the book nicely. TW; sexual assaultThanks to the publishers and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anissa
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. One thread, in particular, takes place while a character is in the midst of being pursued by a demented woman wielding a hatchet who's already hacked her once in the leg, while a hurricane rages. Atmospheric, to be sure.I can say this for sure, this all begins when a woman (Liv) on the edge taunts the wife (Cate) of her paramour (Kent), who happens to be more on edge than imaginable (Cate, not Kent). To say things spiral out of control in a major way shortly thereafter would be an understatement. I mean, if you suspect you've just witnessed someone go to the extreme of murder on a mere unfounded and unproven suspicion, it's probably a sure bet they haven't any of the usual boundaries and mental guardrails, so best not to poke them. But then we wouldn't have this harrowing tale. I also appreciated the lighter moments offered. I'll take Mr. Gillray with me and I have to agree with him about the red, pink and yellow roses combination. I also appreciated the ending and admit, I needed it after what came before. Definitely recommended as the story and writing were well done. I'll be on the lookout for more by the author.Thanks to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC copy.
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  • Suz Jay
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 chain reaction of destruction. Mop’s attempt to solve the puzzle of her Aunt’s strange behavior turns into a fight for the young woman’s very survival. I am a huge fan of unreliable narrators and plot puzzles, but I don’t like feeling overtly manipulated as I did while reading this novel. The story toggles between past and present in an attempt to feed the reader details, while withholding vital information required to sort out the events that led to Mop’s present perilous situation. For the majority of the book, Mop refers to someone as her companion, and the person’s identity isn’t revealed until the last twenty percent or so of the story. An explanation is given for Mop’s odd word choice, but for me, it was too little, too late. I found the constant flip flopping between past and present dizzying.The description of the setting and writing style are nothing short of hauntingly beautiful. Other readers of thrillers who are more forgiving with withheld information will likely love this gothic cypher.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 and decides to visit her Aunt Liv at the big estate house. She finds her more than odd.I am OK with a family story that’s a bit creepy but it was more of a horror story to me.  Described as a psychological thriller reeled me in but instead of a Gone Girl psycho-thriller (Yes, that has been a comparison made ad nauseum) it was  mentally gruesome.The writing style was good but I honestly didn’t research this book enough before requesting to realize it was a horror story.  Way beyond the family drama meets Stephen King.  I’m not squeamish and very much enjoy a good murder mystery but this was a bit out of my comfort zone. Bloody hatchets, a nail gun and all out craziness …… Perhaps I should stick to the Peter Robinson, Tana French and Lee Child sort of themes.Thanks very much to NetGalley for sending me this book. It’s always an adventure reading new material and authors. My review is based on my opinions and personal taste and I was not compensated for receiving this book. 
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  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the rest of the book disentangles thread after thread of a large scale mystery set in a New England ocean-/cliff-side estate. I was addicted to every word. At times the prose read like poetry. As a couple of the characters descended into madness, the prose got choppier and crazier and they just fit with the mood and atmosphere.I loved the relationships described in the novel, especially the honesty about how even the best relationships have dysfunction in them. Though thoroughly modern in its graphic nature, In The Vines does harken the reader back to other gothic, female-driven greats like Rebecca and Jane Eyre. I would recommend this novel to everyone!Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer, and author Shannon Kirk for allowing me an advanced ecopy to review.
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  • Summer
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if I’m the only one who was confused with this writing style but when I first started it I struggled. Something happens midway through the book and we don’t even find out the conclusion until close to the very end. This happened quite a bit, it’d be present time and then they’d start telling you a story but only 30 seconds had passed in their time. It was very drawn out to me, like a million little cliffhangers. I also felt the ending seemed like a horror movie when you think someon I don’t know if I’m the only one who was confused with this writing style but when I first started it I struggled. Something happens midway through the book and we don’t even find out the conclusion until close to the very end. This happened quite a bit, it’d be present time and then they’d start telling you a story but only 30 seconds had passed in their time. It was very drawn out to me, like a million little cliffhangers. I also felt the ending seemed like a horror movie when you think someone’s dead but nope they jump up still alive, at least 3 times. I also got frustrated with how distracted each character would get. They’d be finally revealing something to us but then see something that reminded them of another story and tell us that first. I also didn’t understand the hatred of the aunt, or her big reveal. Seems like this book went over my head.I was provided an arc by Netgalley
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  • Gamo
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 many twists and turns along the way, and so many possible scenarios, we never know who is really who and what is really real The story begins slowly and gradually picks up speed, becoming truly frightening. A great, unforgettable read!
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  • Kathy Capone
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 this story is placed. You easily picture the beauty and serenity of the area but how quickly this can become a place of horror. I recommend this book and author to anyone who likes to stay up all night reading!!
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  • Davia
    January 1, 1970
    Twisted!Really intersting story. When I was reading the promotional material I figured a really twisted and sick villian. I can handle that. This was so much more. So heartbreakingly sad on some levels. The three main characters the Aunty, Mop and Johanna are a tight knit group. They love each other completely. One fatal mistake made during a break from reality ruins everything. I was left rung out at the end. The only survivor of the entire book was the foxy rose thief, from the garden of child Twisted!Really intersting story. When I was reading the promotional material I figured a really twisted and sick villian. I can handle that. This was so much more. So heartbreakingly sad on some levels. The three main characters the Aunty, Mop and Johanna are a tight knit group. They love each other completely. One fatal mistake made during a break from reality ruins everything. I was left rung out at the end. The only survivor of the entire book was the foxy rose thief, from the garden of childhood dreams, and his mermaid.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 ARC.
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  • Brandy Kane
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 took me 2.5 hours to read. I was given this arc for my honest review.
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