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In the Vines

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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

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Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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    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
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    Dennis
    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
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    Shannon
    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
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    Abby (Crime by the Book)
    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...
    Ludwig Riviera
    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
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    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed!
    Beth
    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
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    Niki
    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!
    Dawn Reno Langley
    Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shannon Kirk may just have earned the title of new Queen of the Psychological Thriller with her soon-to-be-released In the Vines. Though she has written other award-winning books, her first thriller, Method 15/33, is an international bestseller, and In the Vines is even more breathtaking than Method, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if she ends up on the New York Times bestselling list with this one!

    This book grabs you by the throat, throws you into a tower, locks the door, tosses away the key,
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    Calista Andrechek
    This story is about Mop, Mary Olivia Pentecost, her Aunty Liv and her mother Johanna Vandonbeer, three very close women who also happen to be in the richest family in New England. Mop’s mother apparently jumped off the cliff behind Aunty Liv’s house after a fire two years ago and Mop hasn’t seen Aunty Liv since then. Mop was very close to both her mother and Aunt, who was like a second mother to her. Mop goes through her last two years at Princeton in a depressed fog, unable to understand why sh ...more
    Jen McCarthy
    Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: own
    Thank you #NetGalley for the advanced copy of #InTheVines...

    I have to say I didn’t entirely enjoy this book. I thought the plot and suspense was great but at times the book was a little too wordy and/or confusing. The beginning was a little slow for me and I struggled to get through the first half of the book however once everything started to unfold I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what was going on! I would recommend this due to the storyline but be prepared to be a little
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    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
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    Hana
    Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
    Recommends it for: People who enjoy gothic mysteries
    Shelves: fiction, arcs
    In the Vines is a gothic thriller-mystery about a rich, powerful family and their dark secrets. Starting out, it describes the love between Mop, her mom Johanna, and her Aunty Liv. When Johanna dies in an accidental fire, Mop is enclosed in grief, and Aunty Liv mysteriously isolates herself from the family for 2 years.
    Then Mops car breaks down by Aunty Livs house, and sees her for the first time. Aunty looks like an old witch, eye missing, broken teeth, wispy hair. And shes locking up the old b
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    Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    My mind is completely blown! In The Vines was a crazy and wonderful, modern, gothic thriller. Bonus points for being loaded with strong, fierce, fabulous, terrifying women.

    Bizarrely, after just finishing the novel, I am finding it difficult to describe one central storyline. As the title suggests there are several stories within this novel twisted and knotted like vines. Mop is the daughter and niece of a pair of lovingly-tight-knit “Vanderbilt”-like sisters. A tragedy befalls her family and th
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    Kaylie (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
    *Somewhere between 4/4.5*

    I knew from the moment I read the synopsis that this was going to be special, especially if you’re looking for something very dark/gothic. I knew from the moment one of the characters detailed a murder (where the victim was highly allergic to peanuts and the perp added crushed peanuts to their food to do it) that this was going to be meticulously and fantastically planned. Guess what? I was right!

    It was a bit difficult to follow at times due to the differing perspective
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    Gamo
    Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I must admit that when I started In the Vines, I didn't think that I was going to be able to get into the story. Thirty or so chapters of internal dialogue seemed more than I could take. I'm glad that I persevered, however. This is more than a Gothic mystery or a psychological thriller. The farther one is drawn into the minds of Mop and Aunt Liv, the more thrilling and mysterious the story becomes. It becomes horrific, this gradual slide from insecurity toward the edge of insanity. There are so ...more
    Kathy Capone
    Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book, I was privileged to get a pre copy of this and could not put it down. Its a real page turner. Anyone who likes thrillers/love stories gone wrong will love this. Tells the story of the dynamics of family and how life's experiences effects your mind and how you react. Shannon has an imagination, that when put on paper, weaves a thrilling, what happens next scenario. You both hate and have sympathy for the "villain". Great detail for the history and landscape for where ...more
    Steve
    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.
    Amanda Himes
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    Cathy Thompson
    Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I tried but could not get into this gothic thriller ! Thanks to #Netgalley and #Thomas&Mercer #InTheVines
    Kim
    rated it it was amazing
    Mar 22, 2018
    Abby (Crime by the Book)
    rated it really liked it
    Apr 05, 2018
    Bookaholic
    rated it did not like it
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    Mazzi Lawrence
    rated it it was amazing
    Feb 22, 2018
    Jeremy Lucido
    rated it it was amazing
    Mar 18, 2018
    Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    My mind is completely blown! In The Vines was a crazy and wonderful, modern, gothic thriller. Bonus points for being loaded with strong, fierce, fabulous, terrifying women.

    Bizarrely, after just finishing the novel, I am finding it difficult to describe one central storyline. As the title suggests there are several stories within this novel twisted and knotted like vines. Mop is the daughter and niece of a pair of lovingly-tight-knit “Vanderbilt”-like sisters. A tragedy befalls her family and th
    ...more
    San Dro
    rated it it was ok
    Dec 15, 2017
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    rated it it was amazing
    Feb 22, 2018
    Ashley Mares (ink-and-ash)
    rated it it was amazing
    Apr 27, 2018
    Tracytrumble
    Shannon Kirk's freakishly twisted tale of familial tangled ties is a can't-catch-your breath, what-will-happen-next wild ride of a read. Drop everything else you're doing, settle in, and prepare to doubt everything you ever knew about family, friends, and love. Look left, look right...nothing is as it seems. Beautiful prose juxtaposes all of the elements (earth, air, water, and fire) alongside violence, insanity, and murder in an absolute masterpiece of the kind that we've come to expect from Sh ...more
    Priya Ashok
    Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you Thomas and Mercer for this Amazing book. I can't express in words, how lucky I feel for this ARC. I am so excited, as I've been hearing so much about this book lately, thanks to Crime by the Book's Instagram photos of this great book. I've just started, but I am pretty sure It will take a few days than any other book and that's b'cause of the language of the author. Yes, it demands total concentration, and no it's not a light read. But that's what makes the book so amazing. Such a twis ...more
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