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In the Vines by Shannon Kirk – Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Oh. My. Lanta.  This book was so eloquently, meticulously crafted, and just plain creepy.   (Reviewing mysteries/thrillers/suspense is weird, y’all.  Where else can you go that dark, creepy, twisted, and disturbing are good things?).  Although I should warn you: this book is not necessarily for the faint of heart.  While most people have categorized this as a psychological thriller, it’s much darker than most of the books in that genre.  Reader be warned.

I found the oscillating POVs and timelines to be a bit confusing at times, especially right at the beginning of the book when I was trying to establish recognition of the characters and their story lines, but as the book progresses it all comes together and makes perfect sense. I’ll also credit that to the author’s writing style because her words just flowed so easily and confidently.  She also captured her characters so well (which can be a bit disconcerting at times… and that’s all I will say).

I am huge fan of dysfunctional families and/or family drama, especially in the mystery/thriller genre.  In the Vines absolutely blew it out of the water for me in this respect.  I wish that I could say so much more, but I vowed to not be *that girl* and completely ruin the story by throwing spoilers at our readers, so I’ll leave you with this: sometimes wealthy people have the most to hide and the most to lose.

In short: Shannon Kirk has a new fan-girl in town, and it’s THIS GIRL.  Get your hands on a copy today (psst…it’s available on Kindle Unlimited)!  Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing me with a copy!  It’s my pleasure to share my honest thoughts and opinions.



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