In the Vines by Shannon Kirk

InVinesThe beginning chapters were a bit confusing to me but after you read on, so many secrets are revealed. Horrible secrets.

The story hops between time periods and our main character, Mary Olivia Pentecost aka MOP, is in for a world of hurt and disappointment. She is from a very wealthy family, wealthy as in filthy rich and knowing people with connections. Mop’s mother supposedly died in a horrific accident 2 years previous. In that time Mop is trying to reconcile her feelings, get over her grief and decides to visit her Aunt Liv at the big estate house. She finds her more than odd.

I am OK with a family story that’s a bit creepy but it was more of a horror story to me.  Described as a psychological thriller reeled me in but instead of a Gone Girl psycho-thriller (Yes, that has been a comparison made ad nauseum) it was  mentally gruesome.

The writing style was good but I honestly didn’t research this book enough before requesting to realize it was a horror story.  Way beyond the family drama meets Stephen King.  I’m not squeamish and very much enjoy a good murder mystery but this was a bit out of my comfort zone. Bloody hatchets, a nail gun and all out craziness …… Perhaps I should stick to the Peter Robinson, Tana French and Lee Child sort of themes.

Thanks very much to NetGalley for sending me this book. It’s always an adventure reading new material and authors. My review is based on my opinions and personal taste and I was not compensated for receiving this book.



The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter: Four Generations of Mafia Women

sicilianThis book didn’t grab me completely and I put it down a few times.  I like the cover and sometimes that’s the eye candy that draws you to a book.

This is one of those multi-generational stories and you learn about the women’s role in the Mafia families.  One of the main characters is Mary and honestly, I didn’t care for her much.  Therefore, it was hard to read about her vengeful side and her actions. There were so many characters listed at the beginning of the book that I thought I may have trouble keeping them straight but that wasn’t ever a problem.

One the plus side there is much food mentioned, the kind I like too – rich pasta dishes and bread.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through NetGalley and was not compensated for my review.  I’m sorry I didn’t like it more and that’s probably why it took me so long to get through it and write a short review.