AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Vines by Christopher Rice

Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Format: Audio
Genre:  Horror, Dark Fantasy
Narrators: Jeff Cummings

Publisher: Brilliance Audio 
 6 hours 52 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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.


Spring House is a restored plantation with a dark past.  A past of broken promises and the revenge of a slave. Caitlin Chaisson owns Spring House.  When she discovers her husband cheating on her at her birthday party she runs outside intent on committing suicide.  Instead she awakens a dark curse, one that feeds on broken promises. 

The groundskeepers daughter knows something is off with her father boss, and with the disappearance of her husband. She calls on Cailtin's estranged best friend to help get to the bottom of it.  Soon they find themselves caught in the supernatural grip of forces they don't quite understand. 

I've read several of Christopher Rice's books and I've always like them but this one didn't do it for me. I found myself lost between the cursed vines and the insects. This is one of his shortest books and I wonder if it had been longer if we would have gotten more understanding of the history and the underlying reason for what the vines are doing, we get some of it but its all superficial. 

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