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In the Vines

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  163 reviews

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 c

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
FIVE FRIGHTENING STARS to the Kindle version with audio--It's FABULOUS!!!!!!!

Allow me to collect myself. I might need a puff of Albuterol.

And now, I will be off building a new Hall of Fame shelf. This shelf shall be titled "NOVEL LONG SPASM OF TERROR" and it shall contain this one and only book. With a spotlight shining down on it. And maybe an occasional strobe light. And scary music.

If Misery and Sharp Objects and Dolores Claiborne all banged into each other, rolled around on a dangerous cli
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
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
Kristy K
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 we
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The poem at the beginning of the book, penned by Shannon Kirk, is so dark and profound it left me breathless. And then...AND 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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 much more. This 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
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Amazon Publishing 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 wh
Crime by the Book
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars! I loved this read - such a fun page-turner with a dark side. Find my full review here:
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, suspense

The 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 t
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sometimes a book just doesn't work for me. I want to like it, but the story just doesn't rock my boat. Unfortunately, In the Vines is one of them. I was really looking forward to reading the book, however, from the start did I feel a bit confused when it came to the story, with the jumping between present and past.

We have the story from two years earlier with Mop's aunt having an affair with a married man. She's waiting for him to reveal this to his wife, but things go a bit wrong there. In the
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
4 stars.

What the................................................. did I just read?

This book is not for anyone with high blood pressure. It is not for anyone who wants to think critically about post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, or any other mental illness. It is not for anyone who has anything to do in the next 10 hours because you will be GLUED to this thing until it's over.

This book is insane. INSANE. And I really enjoyed it.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Olivia Pentecost, better known as Mop, was born into wealth. Her family hails from old money and lives tucked away on large estates in New England. All of her life Mop has been close to her Aunty Liv. That is until two years ago when her mother mysteriously died at Liv’s estate. The story of her death was that one night in the back cottage where she usually stayed, she fell asleep with a lit cigarette in her hand, which ultimately caused a fire. Waking in a burning down cottage, Mop’s mothe ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Woah! What a crazy ride this book was! I think I spent a majority of time with a dazed, “What the ...????” look on my face, not quite sure what I had let myself in for. There is A LOT of crazy stuff going on with this story, told through two different POVs and quite a few separate timelines, and I admit it took me a little while to get my bearings.

In the present, we have Mary Olivia Pentecost, better known as Mop, who is being chased through the bush by a crazy woman with an axe. Whilst trying
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much Amazon Publishing and Thomas & Mercer for providing my free gorgeous copy of IN THE VINES by Shannon Kirk - all opinions are my own.

I am literally obsessed with this disturbing, mysterious, and chilling novel. The story centers around Mary Olivia Pentecost (aka Mop), who comes from an established, affluent family in New England. She was very close to her family, especially her Aunty Liv, until two years ago, Mop’s mother, Johanna mysteriously died by jumping off a cliff int
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
IN THE VINES - Shannon Kirk

After two years of her mother's death, Mary Olivia Pentecost (Mop) decides to go to her aunt's estranged seaside estate and hopefully find out the truth about what really happened to her mother, and other shocking family secrets she never imagined could even exist.

The book starts with a heart-thudding scene taking place in the present time, featuring one of the protagonists being trapped in a burned guest cottage and seeking escape from a demented woman with a hatchet
Oh, wow! In The Vines was outstanding!! I could not get enough of this book and I would love to see a duology if not a trilogy and see how those Vandonbeer genetics evolve in MOP?! I think she is a bit more like Aunty Liv than maybe she thinks.

In The Vines is a beautifully written (lyrical!) book about Mary Olivia Pentecost, or Mop for short and her Aunty Liv whom has been her best friend, next to her mom, since childhood. She has come back to Aunty Liv's sprawling, gothic estate to find closur
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is one of the craziest books I have read. Gothic suspense is my thing (see my review of Silent Companions for one I love), so I definitely expected to love it. The writing style is odd and really slowed me down. While some of it was effective literary device to keep the reader in the dark and build up to big twists other parts of it just made me feel bogged down. If super crazy is your thing then definitely give this one a try because I know lots of people who loved it.
Lorrie McCullers
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried 3 times to get into this book, but I just couldn't!

The premise itself is a good one: a woman dies while staying at her sister's guest house, which results in tearing the family apart. But then all the other plot points come in -- the sister is having an affair, she stalks the wife, there's a lady being kept in a barn... what? There's just too much going on. Combine that with the storyline jumping back and forth between past, recent past, and now and it just makes for a mish-mash that is
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I'm setting this one aside for right now. I may just be burned out on thrillers; I'm not sure. I haven't been able to connect with this one, though. The writing is gorgeous, but it's just a bit slower than I expected but. There are some mysteries going on, but they haven't kept my attention very much. I feel like things are going in circles. Anyway, I may pick it up again another day.
Lady Delacour
This Story was Bad.
This Story was Bad.
I'm not a Nurse!!!!
Listened with TTS.
Not Clean. Violence.
Overuse of Ugly,
Crude & Foul Language.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning chapters were a bit confusing to me but after you read on, so many secrets are revealed. Horrible secrets.

The story hops between time periods and our main character, Mary Olivia Pentecost aka MOP, is in for a world of hurt and disappointment. She is from a very wealthy family, wealthy as in filthy rich and knowing people with connections. Mop’s mother supposedly died in a horrific accident 2 years previous. In that time Mop is trying to reconcile her feelings, get over her grief an
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
These short sentences. Are like a sledgehammer. pounding my brain. Nothing good to say. About this book.
abdulia ortiz-perez
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this book from the author herself. Omg I was so excited to sign copy from her.

What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading.
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you Amazon Publishing #Partner for the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

So, I started this in "Mop's" P.O.V. and I'll be honest here, I was so confused, but that's the beauty of this book, you read those first few pages and then you have to keep reading further to see what the hell is going on. This dark, gothic, suspense is told in alternating chapters, characters, and times, while that may sound confusing, it's really not.

This bo
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review! (But absolutely would have reviewed it anyway if I didn't because HOLY COW everyone needs to read this book!!)

In The Vines is the best thriller I've read so far this year (and probably last year too). Kirk is by far one of my favorite authors that's emerged in the genre (and other genres too!) in the past few years and she doesn't disappoint with In The Vines. It's pretty different than her previous thriller Method 15/33, but delivers j
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally a 300-page panic attack.

I love books that push boundaries and this book does just that. IN THE VINES is a thriller that, in my opinion, borders on horror. The writing style is haunting and really makes you feel like you may actually be becoming unhinged right alongside the characters.

The story also has a great gothic that is really thought out and fleshed out well. I love a creepy, sprawling estate setting.

IN THE VINES comes out July 17!
Well that was pretty crazy. Once this book got going I was hooked. Started out a bit confusing for me. I almost wanted to put it down. Thennn.....insanity lol!! I loved how this book was unique! Thank you to amazon publishing for this review copy! I loved the wild ride of Aunties inner dialogue!! Craziness!!
Julia Davis
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing books is daunting – not because the writing is hard, but because when you love a book, it’s so hard not to spoil it for everyone else. In the Vines by Shannon Kirk (I am about to read everything else she’s ever written) has without a doubt been my favorite book of the far. Amazon recommended this book for me, and I hesitate to read Amazon recommendations because I haven’t always had the best luck with that. However, they got it right this time. This story gave me chills as ...more
Rochelle Phemister
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy sh*t!

I could not stop reading this. It is spellbinding, addicting, action packed! The story is so much more than you imagine it to be, and what a twist at the end!
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