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A Remarkable Novel of Displacement and Memory

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First, A Rant: If you got my original email on this post you will see all the coding that got thrown in – that didn’t show in the preview…. Now that WordPress forces you to their “new and improved” (Gag. Hack.) site to input new posts, I keep having issues. . . anyone else as aggravated about this as I am??? Or having issues? Hack Hack. We now return to our regularly scheduled post, already in progress . . .

A Remarkable Novel of Displacement and Memory.

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Review: The Vines By Christopher Rice

You want to believe that there’s one relationship in life that’s beyond betrayal. A relationship that’s beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn’t.Caleb Carr

vinesCaitlin Chaisson has been betrayed, in the most horrible ways, all of her life. Her family and her husband have used and abused her since childhood. Her own father tried to pay her best friend to marry her. Well, she may be rich, but being ugly made her a victim of her family’s humiliating treatment since her birth. But when she walks in on her husband having sex with gold-digger in the bathroom during her birthday party, well, what happens next will open the door to an old, old evil. An evil that is determined to give birth.

I haven’t read Christopher Rice before, but after reading The Vines, I will be looking up his other books. This falls easily within the horror genre, with quite creative “monsters” – but as much as the horror-story monsters are scary in their own right, the monstrous humans were actually just as scary. No, scratch that. The human monsters were more scary. Hatred, bigotry, murder, all those human emotions are there, as well as betrayal and humiliation. And deep, deep hatred.

The history of African Slaves in Louisiana is a big part of the story – and that story one of horror that even the most scary of the written genre cannot touch.  For all the American preaching about the horrors and despair in other countries, our own history is filled with rivers of blood, pain and death to rival any third-world country’s history of warlords and genocide.

I highly recommend the book. It is odd, quirky, scary and above all beautifully and atmospherically written. Well worth your time.

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