I picked this novel up not really knowing what to expect, but hopeful that it would appeal to my desire for a creepy bedtime thriller. I was not disappointed! I'm generally known as the slower reader in the house, preferring to take my time with a story, letting it simmer under my skin and absorb into my dreams. Occasionally I come across a book that I just can't put down. These are the books that I'm so thoroughly enjoying that any time I try to set it down I can't stop thinking about it and it ends up right back in my hands. This is how it was with The Vines. I literally read it last night, and did not go to sleep till I was finished, not that I could sleep if I wanted to.
There is a creep factor to this novel that I haven't found since reading Dean R. Koontz when I was a teen. Christopher Rice does something so profound in this novel that it struck it me genius! He thoroughly describes unfiltered terror in a manner that transports the reader right to the scene. Heart-pounding, throat clinching, can't catch your breath terror that will have you sleeping with the lights on and carefully watching your footing at nighttime.
It doesn't matter if you are a fan of Anne Rice or not, Christopher Rice is an amazing author on his own accord and honestly a much different conductor than his mother. I highly recommend this novel to not only horror genre fans, but those who enjoy a good gothic mystery.