The Vines

The Vines

In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered hospital hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses an enigmatic beauty through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past—and his own family’s dark secrets. By unraveling these mysteries, will he be able to save Cora? Will Cora meet the same tragic ending as the thousands who’ve already perished on the island?

The Vines intertwines North Brother Island’s horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss.

Title:The Vines
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781950948406
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    The Vines Reviews

  • L.A.

    This is why I read!!! I learn something new every time I open a book. As a librarian, I challenge my students to find something you are interested in and go with it, but lately it has been go out of y...

  • CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Finn Gettler has a penchant for urban exploration. Drawn by the mystique surrounding North Brother Island, Finn launches his kayak and navigates himself toward the abandoned and forbidden island that ...

  • Annette

    3.5 starsFinn, a young urban explorer who comes from a family of doctors, arrives on North Brother Island, which holds remains of a shuttered hospital, once a place of human experiments. There he “g...

  • Shelby

    Not sure what I expected from this book, it surely wasn't this. Stepping back in time as far back as 1904 you are submersed into a story that a families quest to cure diseases comes at any cost.I was ...

  • Jennifer Miller

    Wow, a timely escape! The Vines seamlessly lifts us from the woes of 2020 and plants us neatly in the early 20th century in a New York City wrestling to control a different set of communicable disease...

  • Felicia

    The Vines is a story that ties together modern advances in microbiology and vaccination with a historical background. It begins with Finn, a descendent of a family of microbiologists in some form. He ...

  • Linda Zagon

    A Review of “The Vines” by Shelley Nolden, Freiling Publishing, March 23, 2021 by Linda ZagonIf you enjoy a terrifying, horrifying psychological thriller, I have a book recommendation for you.! Sh...

  • Danielle Foster

    Wow, this book was very timely in 2020! Lots of relevance in terms of infectious disease. I loved the dichotomy of present day and going back in time. Some pieces felt a bit disjointed to me but I rea...

  • Permanently_Booked

    "Personally, I'd rather drown a free woman than live here a caged animal."The cover caught my attention first and after reading the synopsis I had it added to my tbr. Lucky me when I found it as a ‘...

  • Melissa Sinicki

    Thank you to NetGalley, Freiling Publishing and the author, Shelley Nolden for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  What a unique and creative book.  The au...