In the shadows of New York City’s North Brother Island stand the remains of a shuttered hospital and the haunting memories of quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned there by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses the enigmatic woman through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past–and his own family’s dark secrets. Nolden skillfully intertwines North Brother Island’s horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss.
Can we talk about the cover for The Vines by Shelley Nolden first? What an absolutely stunning cover. It’s even more beautiful in person. I know we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but I agreed to read this book because I couldn’t say no to that cover! Thankfully, the words inside are just as amazing.
This is a suspenseful and beautifully written novel. It explores the history of an old hospital and the chilling past of quarantines and human experiments. Finn visits this hospital and finds Cora who has been imprisoned there. This begins the mystery and intrigue.
Honestly, this book has everything I’d want in a read. Thrilling and captivating, I had a lot of trouble putting this down. It is very current to the world right now. The characters and plot are believable. I highly recommend giving this a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
*I received a free copy of this book from Over The River PR to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Shelley Nolden is an entrepreneur and writer, now residing in Wisconsin. Previously, she lived in the New York City area, where she worked on Wall Street and first learned of North Brother Island. At the age of 31, Shelley was diagnosed with leukemia and completed treatment three years later. The sense of isolation and fear she experienced during her cancer ordeal influenced her spellbinding debut novel, THE VINES.
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