Book Reviews

Book Review: The Vines by Christopher Rice

Title: The Vines

Author: Christopher Rice

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Purchase at Amazon/B&N

About The Book

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.

My Thoughts 

I’m not a fan of Voodoo or curses and books set in New Orleans normally give me the creeps. However, this book really intrigued me and I couldn’t help but finish it. It also happens to be the first book of read by this author.

This is a dark Supernatural Thriller about a plantation mansion, secrets and it’s tainted soil. The current on Caitlyn catches her husband cheating and decides to end it all by taking her own life. She is stopped in an unusual way and everything goes downhill from there once dark forces get involved.

The author does a great job with descriptions, which helped me visualize what was happening. Caitlin was a mysterious character I couldn’t help connecting with her at the beginning of the book. As the story progresses, I believe she takes things a little too far and this made the story more enticing. Nova, daughter to Caitlin’s handyman was more my speed, she was determined, not afraid and can sense the wrong at that mansion. It does reflect African Americans working for a white woman but it goes with the time and setting of the book. Rice doesn’t go overboard with the reference either. I did appreciate it.

I will definitely read more if this author’s work.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.