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In the Vines

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  215 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

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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j e w e l s
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very hard book for me to read when it came to not only the graphic violence but also the violence that my mind imagined because the story unfolds in such a way that my mind had way too much time to think about what may have happened. That did not mean I didn't want to read and finish the book because I was very much interested in finding out what was happening and what had happened to Mop and her family.

Mop comes from one of the most wealthy families in the country, a family steeped
I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. It's been on my TBR forever. This was a gothic psychological thriller that kept me turning the page while it continued to get more BIZARRE and CRAZIER by the minute!

A very rich New England family has secrets. The cast of characters are odd and unlikeable. The first chapter hits you with a BAM but the writing style is a bit strange. With each chapter the time and setting changes so you must really stay alert.

I fall short at calling this one clever a
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, rath
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
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
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
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
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
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: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/3... ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up & yes, yes, yes for the audio!!! This book is insane. & I read twisty, “shocking” books just about daily but nope, this 1 just about takes the cake! The author has somehow managed to inject genuine feeling & dare I say, beauty?? Into this incredibly stunning, Armageddon-ish family drama. It was so good. And absolutely terrifying! I don’t want to say much, you should just go in blind. Buckle up & descend into madness.. And as the story is revealed you’ll realize that you just may u ...more
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
Tracy Frenette
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
In The Vines by Shannon Kirk

How 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.

"Flowers In The Attic meets 'The Tell-tale Heart' with a dash of Psycho. A fascinating portrayal of madness, wealth, and decaying family legacy."

This gothic thriller will have you gasping the entire way through.⭐⭐⭐
Erin Beall
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
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.
Janelle Janson
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 into th
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
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
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. ...more
Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
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 written...so unique! Thank you to amazon publishing for this review copy! I loved the wild ride of Aunties inner dialogue!! Craziness!!
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.
Mikaela Garcia
I never get it into the story. I was perplexed by the time loop between Mop and Aunty. It took time to know about the abuse she been thought her childhood and her parent's relationship have been thought. I never like her family situation. It reminds me too much about other thriller books I've read.

I like Shannon Kirk writing, that will Shannon have big cred for.
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
In the Vines by Shannon Kirk is easily one of the most original novels I have ever read. Mary Olivia Pentecost, also known as Mop, was born into a life of privilege, as a member of one of the wealthiest families in the country. Two years ago, she experienced a terrible and mysterious tragedy when her mother died under unexplained circumstances. In the present, Mop is looking for some closure and comes back to the New England estate of her isolated Aunty Liv. As Mop desperately tries to understan ...more
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
This is the second book I've read in a week in which a family is redlining the crazy train. This was some ride and I have to sit and think about what I can and can't say because the doozies unfurled within these pages shouldn't be spoiled. This is told in three POVs and in varying timelines so the story is told by withholding secrets, fates and pertinent information to unravelling several mysteries throughout the story. It was great at keeping the tension but it was a bit exhausting after a bit. ...more
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