@Read ⚢ In the Vines × eBook or E-pub free

This story represents itself as an old New England family gothic, though real old New England families don t have names like Pentecost and Vandonbeer They also tend to resemble inmates of a homeless shelter We have two narrators, Lynette Olivia Vandonbeer known as Liv and Aunty with a Y not an ie and her niece Mary Olivia Pentecost known as Mop I m not making this up Both Liv and Mop speak in a very poetic style, chiefly achieved by using nouns where literate people use verbs Mop seems to have studented that at Princeton So we get such beauties as she squirrelled her eyes at me like I was hallucinating Aunty alighted her green orb eyes on me and didn t blink flopping pink hibiscus stabbed a vapor of high octane sugar up my nostrils I reckon Mop didn t do organic chem at Princeton I don t think octane is a sugar I wish to jackhammer this tar As I tweezered my fingers in my back pocket to pull the note out Lasering my eyes along the wall I magnetized myself back into the main hall my father s black Lamborghini the one hosting low profile tires Buongiorno, Segnior Pirelli Le bevande son laggiu I suppose is how a Lamborghini hosts a tire.Not only do Kirk s speakers excel at diction, we are also treated to lots of similes Two of my favorites Mopery descriptions With the apparent effort of a Mack truck, shifting up some nonexistent eighth gear to drive vertically up a building, she ratcheted her horror doll head two notches to meet my face again and recounting a love scene He pushed up inside me while I stood, my right leg raised and bent, so he could enter at the right angle and thrust Our sexual geometry, just right We pulsed against the barn s side room in a rabid passion, my back banging against the peeling paint He felt like the greatest scratching sandpaper to an unquenchable urge, and I reciprocated by soothing his heat in an agreeable wet I love that adjective agreeable and it s even better when we realize that Aunty has converted a stall inside the barn into her own private ICU Mop s lover Manuel he s socially acceptable Son of a rich Spanish hotelier, not an undocumented alien pool boy , exhaled as if he d finished a grueling sprint, and pulled away one inch, which felt like ten miles to me Holy shit, Mop That was amazing, he said Listening to Liv, you can also learn how to talk like Kirk s notion of New England aristocrats Never use a generic name like car, handbag, shoes, or upholstery say Audi Valentino Tory Burch flats and Zimman s instead You don t have crockery you have yellow ware I d never heard of that and looked it up online it s what everybody s mom had when I was a child till they invented Pyrex The author is equally uninformed about Roman Catholicism nuns don t say novenas on rosaries or live in a rectory even if they re called Aunt Sister Mary Patience PentecostA full scale review requires discussion of the characters and plot, but I lack the fortitude to tackle them Let s just say they are worthy of the style This must be the most pretentiously over rated book I ll read this year Perhaps ever It puts Luckiest Girl in the World on the same shelf with Henry James. 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. @Read ⚡ In the Vines í 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 ConfidanteBut 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 ThemHow 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 The poem at the beginning of the book, penned by Shannon Kirk, is so dark and profound it left me breathless And thenAND THEN I read the first chapter and knew I was a goner The first scene of this story left me horrified for a narrator I had yet to meet There is a woman in black with a nail gun, firing it into the sky and screaming at the woman with the hatchet Seriously, what in the actual helicopter is happening This story is like a ride on a derailed crazy train told from the view of two protagonists, Mop and her Aunty Liv, boomeranging between the past and the present seamlessly Mop has returned home after the tragic death of her mother two years earlier only to find her beloved Aunty Liv is no longer the woman she once knew and is plagued with secrets that Mop is determined to uncover What follows is a head first dive into the utter madness that has consumed her Aunt s life All craziness aside, Shannon Kirk s writing is beyond compare.This book reads like a 277 page poem penned by Poe It s horrifyingly beautiful, like a Tim Burton production contained within pages Certainly not a style that everyone will enjoy, but for those that are so inclined, prepare yourself for a slow descent into the heart of this story This is the longest short book I ve ever read, 277 pages feltlike 500, though I can t explain why I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 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 muchThis 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. Thanks toPublishing 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 . 4.5 5 stars I loved this read such a fun page turner with a dark side Find my full review here MehThe writing style and I just didn t get along too well unfortunately.What I liked The author did a great job with creating a Gothic, dark setting that I could visualize The characters were certainly unique both flawed and memorable.What I didn t like There was a lot going on here, with all the different characters, past and present, as well as different story lines that didn t seamlessly come together for me It felt like some of the violence, language, and horror throughout was over the top All the scenes with the character labeled companion Was I not supposed to figure out who this was until it was revealed at the very END of the book This book has a lot of fans, so don t let this review throw you off Give it a go maybe you will have better luck than I did.ARC provided by NetGalley 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 adetailed 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 youPublishing 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. Holy crap This book is about as odd as they come The story centers around Mary Olivia Pentecost, Mop, to her loved ones and the mysterious death of her mother, Johanna, two years prior What happened that night that her mother threw her burning body to the churning waves below Chapters alternate between Mop and Aunty Liv, past and present, and both are telling us a dark and disturbing story that lead us to this treacherous night The first chapter is perfection In present time Mop is hiding in a burnt out cellar while a hatchet wielding mad woman is screaming and trying to break in If that doesn t hook you then I don t know what will This book has me so torn Some parts were brilliant Other times I found myself confused A lot of this book is really over written with long wordy descriptions I liked it in the beginning but as I got closer to the end I began finding it tedious and just wanted everybody to get to the point For a book under 300 pages it seemed to take forever to read Kudo s to Shannon Kirk for creating one of the CRAZIEST characters I have read about in awhile Actually TWO of the CRAZIEST characters I have read in a while Heck, it may even be three but I really can t be sure That s how bat shit crazy this book is 4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review