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The Vines ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ The Vines Author Christopher Rice – Thomashillier.co.uk The dark history of Spring House a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans has long been forgotten But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estateAfter The dark history of Spring House a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans has long been forgotten But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estateAfter heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo Instead the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone madNova daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend Blake to help her get to the bottom of it The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 226 pages
  • The Vines
  • Christopher Rice
  • English
  • 22 October 2014

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10 thoughts on “The Vines

  1. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at ask “is this another book about evil plants????” Why yes yes it is You say “but it’s been done before and probably better” To that I say This one adds a little twist Not only are there terrifying plants that might kill you there are also deadly bugs No not that kind of bug Huge evil swarms of bugs hungry for human flesh Close enoughCaitlin Chaisson appears to lead a charmed life She is an heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion called Spring House outside of New Orleans and is happily married to a local hero or so she thought While witnessing her husband’s tryst with the party planner at her birthday party Caitlin decides she is going to end her life and slashes her wrist in the mansion’s gazebo Rather than dying Caitlin’s blood awakens a dark force that has been lying in wait for over 150 years It is now up to Caitlin’s estranged best friend Blake and her hired man’s daughter Nova to figure out the mystery of what exactly resides in the ground at Spring HouseAlthough there are definitely scarier “plant books” around specifically The Ruins this one is of a mystery rather than an out and out horror story and it wasn’t too shabby I had not read Christopher Rice until recently due to REASONS but I’m glad I gave him a chance He writes a good fast paced thriller with flowing dialogue and great main characters He also doesn’t waste a boatload of timepages dealing with what I like to call the “non believer syndrome” in preternatural stories Rice believes in having Character A tell Character B some weird shit is going down and making Character B trust Character A enough to believe there must actually be some weird shit going down He cuts to the chase and wraps the story up efficiently Obviously there are some books that demand pages but The Vines wasn’t one of them and I’m glad Rice left it at its current length rather than add a bunch of unnecessary filler ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you NetGalley

  2. Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤ Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤ says:

    Y'all know my absolute adoration for all things creepy gory and horrortastic The bloodier the book eyeballs popping out entrails weaved into tapestry fingernails being pulled the gorier the better Killer vines who feast on human blood? Yes please Throw in some creepy crawly bugs who yearn for human flesh? HELL yes Main characters that you hate are completely boring and stereotypical and you wish to God that your misery would end and they would all just DIE? Yes Wait WUT?You heard me I barely got through this book On top of the dull plot and randomness the characters were pretty much all pieces of shit that I despised Stereotypes up the whazoo By the end I was rooting for the vines pun fucking intended2 ninja bunnehs planting ARC received from NG in exchange for an honest review

  3. Char Char says:

    The Vines was a strange novel It read uickly listened uickly? and it was fun but the whole time I felt that it was missing something I'm cool with plant creatures and bugs but I was not satisfied with the explanation for them nor was I satisfied with the development of the characters I especially loved Nova and while I felt she had plenty of page time I did not feel that I got to know her as well as I would have liked She discovered a program that a professor was putting together regarding slave narratives and I would have enjoyed learning about that also A few times it seemed that the story was trying to figure out what it wanted to be A commentary on slavery? On homosexuality? On the unfaithful? Or all of the above?Overall though I did enjoy the uality of the writing and the descriptions Even though I didn't out and out love this novel I will try of Mr Rice's work in the future because I feel like he has true writing chops and the potential to be amazing

  4. Kaora Kaora says:

    The petals of the flower have rounded slightly around the edges forming a half funnel that is now aimed directly at her The stamens and filaments within have gone rigid abandoning the slightly interlaced posture they've held since she first discovered the impossible bloom and the slender stalk is curling gently back and forth through the water like a tethered tadpoleCaitlin lives in Spring House a restored plantation with her handsome husband But when she finds out about his infidelity at her own birthday party with one of the caterers instead of stepping up she flees intending to end it all in the gazebo But as her blood is spilled something evil stirs beneath Spring HouseThis book had a strong start and I enjoyed the flashbacks through history that added to the overall mystery within this book I have seen the killer vines done before in The Ruins but I enjoyed the different take on the origin of these plantsHowever as the book progressed I found myself losing interest The characters were bland with nothing to really set them apart I would say the most interesting was Caitlin but the rich girl with problems is a stereotype that has been done so many times before The story was interesting enough but with characters there were unremarkable and writing that didn't exactly give me goosebumps I'm going to have to go middle of the road with this one It is not very frightening and the gore is minimal which for me is an unsuccessful horror but others who enjoy a uick read that isn't going to keep them up at night may enjoy this oneCross posted at Kaora's Corner

  5. Bill Bill says:

    The first 25% of this story was excellent The last 75% not so much Bummer

  6. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    25 starsTHE VINES by Christopher Rice caught my attention right away I enjoyed the premise and the flashbacks were very realistic While there was plenty of good imagery in the story I just couldn't get into it as I do most stories I think it comes down to the charactersNova the caretaker's daughter had a lot of promise but in the end didn't come off as strongly as she could have Aside from the resident evil a side story from Blake's past was easily predictable with the author giving it away very early on in the book While there were a lot of things happening I just couldn't care much about Caitlin even after her dramatic beginning and felt that the characterization was very stereotyped and thin all throughout the novel I honestly enjoyed the idea the slave flashbacks and the revenge; but without being able to understand and appreciate the motivation behind the current characters so much of the story just felt like it was missing somethingThe writing style was fluent and had attention to detail been put into the development of the key players I feel that I would have enjoyed this much

  7. Taylor Taylor says:

    I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Vines is Southern Gothic horror blended with historical fiction and shrouded in mystery I turned the first page and immediately my curiosity was peaked Soon after I knew the story had me ensnaredThe plot is multilayered weaving between past and present as it unveils new horrors both human and paranormal Set in an old Southern mansion plagued with a sinister history one woman mistakenly sets into motion the transformation of nature's beauty into something terrifyingThe characters are well developed and all interconnected in some way A common flaw in the horror genre seems to be a lack of character depth This story avoids that flaw setting it apart from the standard horror novel The reader is compelled to empathize with the characters establishing an investment in the story and its eventsIt's thrilling with a supernatural atmosphere and surprisingly raw Fast paced and gripping The Vines is everything a successful horror novel should be I hated having to put it down Highly entertaining and definitely worth the read

  8. Paula Paula says:

    Louisiana – hot humid lusha place full of hidden things and dark histories At Spring House under gazebo floorboards something has been sleeping for a very very long time Until one evening when Caitlin distraught over discovering her husband Troy’s betrayal accidentally awakens the sleeping vines and launches events that will have devastating conseuences not only for friends and complete strangers but most of all for herself This is a uick synopsis of The Vines a new supernatural thriller authored by Christopher Rice son of author Anne Rice Sounds like we’re in for some pretty creepy and scary goings on right? Wrong Unfortunately the story never fulfills the promise of the idea Now I don’t expect a whole lot of substance when it comes to these kinds of novels This isn’t Anna Karenina Crime Punishment or Proust This is candy We don’t expect nutrition from candy we just want to enjoy the yummy taste And don’t get me wrong after I read a challenging book I love me some candy But there’s good candy and then there’s the candy we haven’t liked or touched since we were little kids and The Vines just isn’t good candy The tiny little plot is thin and full of holes the characters are uninteresting and one dimensional and worst of all there’s no suspense to make you want to keep your lights on all night after you read it The last 20% feels tacked on with a tie in that is so forced you feel as if you blinked and found yourself reading a different novel entirely In fact I went back a few pages because I thought my Kindle version had combined two different books I could go on but really that’s enough talk about The Vines a short story that has been lengthened into a novel sized product and not in a good way I want to talk about Christopher Rice and his writing Here’s the thing Mr Rice can write After reading several of his books and even of his mother’s books I suspect that he writes better than she does ok no brick throwing please The problem is that he has adopted the melodramatic overdone florid style that Anne uses; which she can sometimes get away with because she’s generally writing about characters andor events from times long ago That baroue style is fine when the characters are baroue as well But Mr Rice’s settings are firmly entrenched in the modern world Yes he may flavor that world with elements from events long past but his world is modern as are his characters So when his writing seems to channel Anne Rice with Longfellow thrown in on top of it “A name slices through her as if it’s been whispered in terror by a dozen guardian angels perched in the next room” the overall effect is one which makes you feel as if you are reading a regency romance gone awry “No wound in her soul could ever be deep enough to draw his mouth from that whore’s pale young flesh” So if Mr Rice is going to write horror and supernatural thrillers he needs to use a writing style appropriate to the genre Otherwise it’s like going to a rodeo dressed in a ballgown and pearls – the outfit simply doesn’t fit the eventAt this point Mr Rice has a number of books under his belt and a large fan base He also has a lot of talent It would be exciting to see him move away from this whole tired Louisiana Anne Rice thing and develop complex material suited to his creative talented voice and the considerable potential he obviously has I want to thank Net Galley for providing a copy in exchange for a fair review

  9. Santino Hassell Santino Hassell says:

    So this book This book is a lot of things Southern gothic horror done right evil manifested and fueled by hatred revenge and passion; creepy monsters with some serious sexual overtones no monster porn though sorry and just an all around good ride if you can bypass a couple of confusing bumps in the roadThere's a checklist of things I expect when reading a book by Christopher Rice Gorgeous prose Atmosphere that can overload my senses Multiple POVs A creeping sense of unease to develop slowly but surely And a WTF is this book talking about? moment in the last uarter of the bookWell I've not read the dude's entire backlist yet but it seems like my expectations were realistic because they were all met I love southern gothic horror and this book is outstanding in that regard You have that heavy humid Louisiana atmosphere the personalities fueled by culture that I understand with just the right sprinkling of backstory here and there and accents that roll off the page in a way I can hear without the need of cumbersome and self indulgent overwriting Same with the prose Every sense is hit up with just the right amount of words and there may be some repetition here and there but the visuals are perfectionEven when they're motherfucking terrifying The monstrous and phallic vines were honestly not the most terrifying part of this book It was the goddamn bugs Obsidian soul searching adulterer eating bugs They came out of nowhere for me and were WTF? moment #1 WTF moment #2 came at the 90% mark which is not a surprise at all but they were so badass and creepy that I got over it once Blake started going off about the process I had no clue what Blake was talking about and I'm still not sure what sparked his epiphany but I was into the action at that point and didn't get hung up on the but why?s I keep comparing this book to The Heavens Rise and I like this one much better There are similar themes an ancient evil no fucking voodoo scorned lovers revenge monsters a tragic past that haunts one of the MCs and of course Southern Louisiana And a significant gay character who is way than his sexuality But despite the similarities this book worked for me much than The Heavens Rise didIt felt less manic less abstract and confusing and I could follow the thread of the story through the distant past not so distant past and the present without needing a ton of explanation and transitions The pieces fit together perfectly and the history was woven in without heavy handed LOLZ LOOKAT ALL MY RESEARCH subtext I still think I should start playing POV drinking games when reading one of his books but the brief POV changes didn't feel random here It felt like a change of scene in a movie than a digression and that pimply kid in the motel totally won my heart even if he only had 3 pages to himselfThere was a major WTF moment at the end but by now I kind of expect that when reading Rice flavored horror and that aside I am really looking forward to the next

  10. Latasha Latasha says:

    I liked the flash backs than I did the modern day sections but I think that's just me When there is flashbacks in books I usually end up liking those parts With that being said there was just something about the characters that kept me from liking it enough to give this book 4 stars It wasn't horrible but I wouldn't pay full price for this one in any form Wait for that sale

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