I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Vines by Christopher Rice
Published by Amazon Publishing on October 21st 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Ghost, Horror
Source: Net Galley
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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 estate.
After 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 mad.
Nova, 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.
The thing I loved most about THE VINES is the fact that while creepy as all get out, there isn’t a clear cut right & wrong/us vs. them vibe. Of course bad things do happen, but at the same time … you understand them. Maybe even empathize with them a little? At one point while reading I turned to my husband and said “Go vines go! Kill the people!” I am pretty sure he just rolled his eyes at me and went on doing whatever he was doing at the time. But that was a fun and unexpected turn of events in a story that reminded me of a lot of the classic horror stories I have read.
The story opens on a southern plantation – creepy by reputation alone – where we witness a woman being wronged emotionally. From there we follow her through an emotional spiral that leads to a desperate act – which leads to her vengeance. I won’t really talk about the story much past that, I really don’t like to ruin things for you! I will say that at first I didn’t like the expanding cast of characters … until suddenly I did. Not sure why that changed; maybe because I got a wider view of the world, but I never felt like I was missing out when I was with one person – I knew all the gaps would be filled.
The end crept up on me, I was too involved in the story to notice the percent read getting higher and high until BAM – the book was over. While there was certainly some closure, I am not sure if I was mentally ready for the story to be over.
If you like ambiguous entities, bad people, good people, and killer plant life, then by all means pick this story up!