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Eager to unravel the mystery behind the island and its enigmatic occupant, Finn returns only to find out that his family’s past possesses some deep and d ...more
Finn, a young urban explorer who comes from a family of doctors, arrives on North Brother Island, which holds remains of a shuttered hospital, once a place of human experiments. There he “glimpses an enigmatic beauty through the foliage.” It leads him to efforts to uncover her past and at the same time his family’s secrets. The way his story progresses, it is challenging to follow at times. In one paragraph he is physically somewhere, in the next paragraph he is somewhere else with his ...more
I was bit freaked, intrigued and fascinated through out this entire book. The story was well researched and made you believe the history of it all.
Thank you NetGalley and the author for a splendid read ...more
Nolden masterfully captures th ...more
It begins with Finn, a descendent of a family of microbiologists in some form. He discovers a scarred woman named Cora and begins to unravel her connection to his family and the small, abandoned New York island she resides on. We find that Cora has been experimented on for decades and hosts multiple epidemic diseases, including typhoid and smallpox. It is up to Finn to discover h ...more
If you enjoy a terrifying, horrifying psychological thriller, I have a book recommendation for you.! Shelley Nolden, the author of “The Vines” has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and historical thriller. This novel takes place on North Brother Island, close by New York, on an island that has been taken over by vines and plant growth. At one time there was a hospital, used for quarantine for co ...more
Also...the author has a lovely profile of struggle that should have lent to authenticity. Sorry.
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The Vines takes you from the present day to as back as 1904. This is a story about finding vaccines for highly contagious diseases. The Vines, which is set at North Brother Island in New York, goes back and forth between present day and historical time periods. The reader really gets an eerie feeling from the abandoned hospital on the island.
Cora is a host to two viruses, small pox and typhoid, without showing symptoms. Finn, whose family conducted most of the research, must figure out ...more
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and ...more
The Vines is both a work of historical fiction and a contemporary story discussing the value and rights of a single human being. Is one life – one person’s happiness – worth the deaths of many? Would you sacrifice yourse ...more
The Vines is Shelley's debut novel and will hit the stores by March 2021.
▪︎It is set in early 20th century, New York City wrestling to control a different set of communicable diseases. A Shuttered hospital hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. It star ...more
Finn comes from a long line of family members that are microbiologists who wor ...more
"On North Brother Island are the ruins of a hospital which hides the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her."
Good story. The strength and impossibility of who and what Cora is completely controls this story. I look forward to the next in series.
Owing to its timely subject matter on viruses, a link to Nazi Germany and mysterious island that I never knew existed, I was intrigued. The Vines switches from the present day back 1904, when the experiments began. I struggled at first to get into the story but by a third of the way I was hooked.
I also didn't know I was reading the first book in a series. There remain ...more
This jumps back and forth starting in the early 1900s and between 2007/8.
The chronologically earliest part tells about a young woman named Cora who was sent to North Br ...more
Cora is sent to North Brother Island after she and her sister fall ill. The first Dr. Gettler learns interesting information about Cora while she is staying at North Brother Island. This sparks years of research that affects Cora. The Dr. Gettlers that follow are groomed for the continuance of researching Cora and the island.
I loved this book! The long-standing family dynamics, the survival stor ...more
Along with Cora’s complicated relationship with the Gettler family, the isl ...more
Owing to its timely subject matter, historical notes, and scientific insight, I was drawn to this novel. I'm not sure what I expected from it, but I was pleasantly freaked out, intrigued, and fascinated throughout the entire book. The Vines is a story that takes you from the present day to as back as 1904 and ties together modern advances in microbiology and vaccination ...more
Prior to this book, I'd never heard of the abandoned islands in New York that once housed people of quarantinable illnesses. It ends with an unexpected cliffhanger. Sadly, if there's a follow-up book, I doubt I'll read it. There was just too much jumping around, which was confusing. It just didn't hold my attention.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentar ...more
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In 2011, Shelley was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The first sign of her disease was l ...more