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The Vines

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,902 ratings  ·  403 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by 47North
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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

Close enough.

Caitlin Chaisson appears to lead a charmed life. She is an heiress who lives
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
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. W
The Vines was a strange novel. It read quickly, (listened quickly?), 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
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tadpole.

Caitlin lives in Spring House, a restored plantation with her handsome husband. But when she finds out about his infidelity at
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first 25% of this story was excellent. The last 75% ...not so much.

2.5 stars

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
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Louisiana – hot, humid, lush…a 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 consequences, not only for friends and complete strangers, but most of all for herself.

This is a quick synopsis of The Vines, a new supernatural
Santino Hassell
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 road.

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
I liked the flash backs more 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 more. 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! ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Southern Gothic, Horror Fans, Everyone
I got lost in The Vines when reading it, did not really come up for air properly until I had finished the book. My first taste of Christopher Rice and his atmospheric writing, but not my last. A stunning, chilling, creepy and imaginative novel. Southern Gothic horror at it's best.

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
Amy Bellino
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was an honor to receive an Advance Reader Copy of The Vines by Christopher Rice. I was the first person to win an ARC from Christopher on Facebook Page. I have been a fan of Christopher’s work for a long time. I am particularly thrilled that he has broken into the world of Supernatural Thrillers.

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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-ng
2.5-3 stars

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
E. Denise Billups
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vines, my first book by Christopher Rice, has been sitting in my Kindle queue for a while. After reading the book’s summary, it captured my attention because of the historical fiction aspect as well as the haunted house scenario set in one of my favorite places, New Orleans. I won’t recap the story or go into details. Mr. Rice is a talented writer, his depictions and prose excellent. But this story was not what I’d expected, well not haunted vines and bugs.

The beginning of the story pulled
A modern take on ancient Lovecraftian monsters, with a voodoo Southern gothic twist.

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
Copy provided by publisher/author via NetGalley for honest review.

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)
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REVIEW: THE VINES by Christopher Rice

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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading Christopher Rice. It won't be the last.

'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
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Vine is a fast paced, quick read with a deep and twisted plot.

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
Josh Bisher
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
ARC Review

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
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
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 ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This story really reads like a short story turned into a longer tale. The elements of a great short story are all here. However, it's the addition of other material to flesh out or extend this tale that drags it down for me.
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
Maxine Marsh
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok

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
Lora Milton
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: present-tense, horror
I have to admit that I requested this book for review because the author is Anne Rice's son and I was curious. I've read and enjoyed several Anne Rice books and wondered if writing skill is hereditary. It's impossible for those of us familiar with her work to read his without making some comparisons.

My first impression on starting to read was that it didn't compare favorably. Part of the reason for this is that the story is written in present tense, which I dislike intensely. There is good reaso
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2014
Here we have a young lady who can harness deadly vines (which can apparently harness bugs...or something) that grow under a gazebo on her own property. But she's stuck on the property, thus not much room for a series. This author's latest, "Bone Music" has a young lady who can harness super powers anywhere she wants, thus roaming the country and allowing the author to establish a series. Thus, "Vines" is a rather nonsensical dry run for the far superior "Bone Music." Skip this one and head right ...more
Love to garden? Like unusual plants? Think a Venus Flytrap is scary? Do you talk to your plants? Welcome to a gardener’s nightmare-come-to-life in this supernatural thriller where betrayal can be as deadly as forgiveness is uplifting.

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
Sarah Cradit
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With The Heavens Rise, Rice established himself as a more-than-competent player in the horror genre. With The Vines, he’s undoubtedly making some of his veteran horror peers nervous. In fact, that Bram Stoker award he should have won for 2013? Stephen King: watch out.

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
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chris Rice does it again. The Vines once again proves Mr. Rice can really do horror well. Set in the sultry climes of Louisiana in and around New Orleans, we get treated to not just the darker side of the supernatural but also, some of the dark history that permeates the antebellum south and remains there today.

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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a truly terrible book. I always considered Christopher Rice a talented writer, but I fear he may have been lobotomized prior to writing this. I realized about 2/3 of the way into this book that it wasn't going to improve or make more sense, but I felt obligated to finish it so that I could write this review. Thankfully it was not a long novel, and it was an Amazon library book, so I didn't waste money on it, just time.

So what made the book so terrible? Well, the premise is so ridiculous
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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
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Christopher Rice is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and is the New York Times bestselling author of A DENSITY OF SOULS and the Bram Stoker Award finalists THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES. He is the head writer and an executive producer of "The Vampire Chronicles", a television show based on the bestselling novels by his mother, Anne Rice. Together they penned RAMSES THE DAMNED: THE PASSI ...more

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