Written by: Christopher Rice
Paperback: 226 pages
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Horror | Ghosts | Paranormal
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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 gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.
Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.
The Vines by Christopher Rice
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 the ancient plant but never saw the extent of its fury until Caitlin awakens it.
This puts all the people Caitlin cares about in harm’s way.
Blake and Nova try to uncover the origins of this destructive force while Willie claims ignorance. We, the readers, are taken back through the bloody history of the plantation that was built on the backs of slaves.
This is a supernatural horror tale filled with magic and mystery that alluringly unravel before your eyes. Constructed with the perfect Louisiana plantation back drop, this dark story delves deep into issues that still rage within south.
I like weird and unusual in my reading material especially if it is fresh and totally original. The Vines take it one step beyond on all accounts. The story does contain killer plants and bugs, but it is not Little Shop of Horrorsish. Yes, the story also is unusual and there were a few times I thought this is a little too weird but in the end Rice pulls it all together.
This was a one stop read for me. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I just couldn't put it down until I made heads and tails out of this story.
Ultimately, this is not just a story about killer plants but betrayal, sins of the past and ultimately forgiveness.
I received this ARC copy of The Vines from Amazon Publishing - 47North in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 21, 2014.