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 confidante.
But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.
How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense. (From Goodreads)
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I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
So, I started this in “Mop’s” P.O.V. and I’ll be honest here, I was so confused, but that’s the beauty of this book, you read those first few pages and then you have to keep reading further to see what the hell is going on. This dark, gothic, suspense is told in alternating chapters, characters, and times, while that may sound confusing, it’s really not.
This book made me stay up deliriously late, I was so intrigued by what was happening. Kirk uses such peculiar word choices, that it’s impossible to figure out who the references are alluding to, i.e. “my companion”, “hatchet wielder”, her, etc. It was such a clever way to keep the reader guessing, and on their toes. Which prevents it from falling into the predictable book trap.
I loved this book, I found it dark, and delicious, and so different from anything I’ve read lately. I have a feeling this book is going to be huge. I found Kirk’s writing to be very lyrical, and eloquent. I pictured myself at the Vandonbeer Estate, being in the gardens, reading in the library. It was a world that I was easily lost in. Which made for a great reading experience. There was something very reminiscent to the writing style of Edgar Allen Poe, for the modern day.
This book is out July 17th, I will include some helpful links below. Also, Shannon is one of the most interactive authors, I’ve come across which is outstanding. You guys should give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter.