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 g...more
You 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
Caitlin Chaisson appears to lead a charmed life. She is an heiress who lives in a spr ...more
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.
You he ...more
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 ...more
Caitlin lives in Spring House, a restored plantation with her handsome husband. But when she finds out about his infidelity at ...more
THE 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 characters.
Nova, 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 giv ...more
This is a quick synopsis of The Vines, a new supernatural ...more
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 ensnared.
The 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 transfo ...more
There'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 dev ...more
What I loved so much about this book was the imagery, I was right THERE in the book, I could see, feel and sense everything that was around me whilst reading, it was like a total reading immersion experience. Rice has t ...more
From the first chapter you will be drawn into the drama. When Caitlin discovers her husband in the arms of another woman she is intent on killing herself but instead aw ...more
I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!
As my first foray into the prodigal son of Anne and Stan Rice, I was left with wanting more (or more of the old Anne I should probably say). Christopher Rice's writing is decent as was the story I guess, but it fell flat. The characters were developed, but I felt no attachment to them and at times I was bored and hoping for more depth. At some point I will give him another try but ...more
The most horrific things of all are usually the most outwardly innocuous, as anyone who's every visited rural Louisiana can attest. Vines and Spanish moss both drape like a belle's hooped skirts and slither with the promise of venomous snakes.
The horrific is also intimately tied to the sexual. Our basest fantasies (to the extent we are willing to admit it) center on the things that scare us the most. Here, a whi ...more
I wanted to love this book so much.
I don't think it was a case of haveing high expectations, I just didn't like the story.
The mysteries kept getting solved before I even thought there was a mystery. This seems to be a product of not enough character development.
Who was Virginie? She seems like the most intiresting character in the whole story but you never get more than a glimps of her. (view spoiler)[ The story is about the vines ...more
'The Vines' is a terrific horror novel. It's scary, unique, and dripping with creepy atmosphere. Rice brings us back to the sins of our fathers as a plantation's past creeps up to terrorize its current day inhabitants. It's a bloody, fast, and fun read.
Louisiana's dark past plays a pivotal role, as do modern day feelings about race and sexuality. While the book reads like good old fashioned horror, it's still timely.
While all t ...more
I was tremendously eager to read THE VINES, as Christopher Rice' s earlier book, THE HEAVENS RISE, had left such an endearing and enduring impression on me. My anticipation was fully justified; THE VINES is every bit as incredibly Supernaturally edifying, and educating, as its predecessor. I felt I walked the paths the characters trod, both in the present day and in the bloody mid-19th century. With them, I marveled in awe and wriggled in fright at.the variou ...more
One woman’s, Caitlin’s, rage awakens an ancient plant under the grounds of her pre-civil war plantation.
Caitlin’s best friend is a police officer named Blake. Blake goes out to help her with her husband’s disappearance only to discover something is serious wrong with Caitlin and the plantation.
Caitlin also relies heavily on the black man working her plantation, Willie Thompson, and his daughter Nova. Willie and Nova were aware of ...more
The Vines may sound like some laughable horror story personification. But get a few pages in, and you'll begin to realize.. You've been ensnared in it’s lush plot.
In Southern Louisiana Cane fields are common, and speckled among them are historic plantation homes. But the grounds that surround Spring House are far from sweet. Something the characters of this story become all too aware of after a shard of Caitlin Chaisson’s broken heart is taken into it’s soil. Mending the bridge between ...more
I really wanted to like this one. I mean, vines haunted by a slave woman out for revenge? Fantastic.
Not so much. I think this book needed about 250 more pages of character development, plot build and suspense to be decent. The present tense was really distracting combined with Rice's writing style. The big mystery of Blake's assault was just laid out splat without any build to a good reveal. The deal with Caitlin was very shallow, no depth to her motivations or character. Nova was a promising ch ...more
New Orleans is always a great setting for supernatural events, especially ones that involve pre-Civil War era plantations. The notion of the departed souls inhabiting the plants and rising up to purge evil is very well presented.
There are a few other plot lines that begin t ...more
It was a not-so- Happy-Birthday for the wealthy Caitlin when she saw her husband and a beautiful woman “sharing” an intimate moment on a bathroom counter. Yeah, sexy, huh? Her anger summons to ancient spirits that are buried in the land under her massive estate, Spr ...more
As with all of Rice’s novels, he presents to readers a cast of dimensional leading characters. The most intriguing of all is Caitlin, who is seen so disparately different from all the different lenses that we get to observe her thro ...more
Woven tightly together, the past collides with the present in some unexpected but intriguing ways. What happens when an ancient power is accidentally released makes for some exciting rea ...more
So what made the book so terrible? Well, the premise is so ridiculous ...more
I'd actually chosen this book as a Halloween read, but I didn't manage to read it till late December. However I was really looking forward to it.
After Caitlin witnesses her husband's cheating on her at her Birthday party she decides to kill herself in the gazebo. But instead of dying her blood brings an old force back to life. What force? The very evil force of plants and bugs.
I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The story wa ...more
The novel is succinct, reads easily, and does not dwell too much on character development. "The Vines" is a plot driven book that starts off with a bloody sequence of events. Blood drenched scenarios involving mysterious and abrupt appearances of contorting vines spatters the supernatural plot. Additionally, as the mystery develops ...more
More like 2.5 stars for an idea that was already used to GREAT horror advantage in the wonderful The Ruins and did not wear well here.
Caitlin Chaisson is an unhappy rich girl (are there any other kind?) but we don't get to know anything about her or any of the other characters before they are thrown into the (often silly) action - all the characters are types....poor, little rich girl, scrappy gay best friend, angry young black woman, wise-ish older black man and the back story o ...more