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Publisher's Summary

In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered sanatorium 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 this enigmatic woman 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.

©2021 Shelley Nolden (P)2021 Shelley Nolden

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I’m in shock!

I am in shock. This may have been the best book I have EVER experienced. This writer is a genius. I was hooked from the very beginning, I had to know the mystery of Cora! I needed to hear her story. I sobbed like a baby, I rooted for certain characters and hated others! This book was incredible. At the end I was like nnnoooooooooo! I must know what happens now! But I will be first in line for the next book. And now I’m going to check out everything Shelley Nolden has written. This book was AMAZING. ♥️

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disappointing

i loved the premise of this book but it was terribly slow, writing was just ok and a very anticlimactic ending.. Narrator was hard to listen to.

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Slowly the vine twists

the book starts out pretty slowly and jumping back and forth through time can get confusing at times..it took several chapters to get into this story but I'm glad I stuck with it. I'm a little disappointed/happy there will be another book. (I don't like to wait)

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A surprise and hard to put down

A richly told story about a mysterious woman and an abandoned island. A real page turner. I enjoyed both the narration and the subject matter. The characters really grab you and I was inspired after reading this to research the real island behind the story. Highly recommend!

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Amazing story!

This story was so timely and full of twists and turns. This is a book for this time! I can’t wait to research North Brother Island and it’s history! And I can’t wait for the sequel!
I loved the Authors’ note at the end! Shelly Nolden explained everything about her life experiences and how that impacted the story line.
My only critique of the audio book was the narrator’s tones attempting to sound like various male characters. But honestly, I don’t think anyone else could do better.

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GREAT BOOK

I listened to this book when walking and driving. It was so good I found myself sitting on the porch just so I could listen some more. I finished it this morning while walking and after listening to the author talk about how she decided to research and write about North Brother Island, I hurried home to read about this place. Wow She is a great writer and the narrator was wonderful. Loved the story and the characters (good and bad) and to learn a sequel is coming is icing on the cake. I can’t wait ❤️

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An 18 year old girl ends up in a plague hospital on an island near NYC. The island has some "special power" that keeps her diseases at bay and keeps her young while a family of doctors experiment on her through the generations. 105 years later she's still alive on the island with her disease. Nope not for me

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Perfect haunting tale!!! Five starts isn’t enough!

I started this audible when I was laid up in bed with a bad sinus and lung infection, scared that with my Covid in past would slow down the healing part. The narrator’s voice was so comfortable and easy to get sucked into a story I could identify with. On top of introducing to me a weird place in the middle of a city, I got hear of another’s courage. So grab your blanket and warm cuppa and sit back enjoy the ride. It’s story you will be thinking about long after it’s over.

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Great Story

Loved this story and can't wait for her next one. After listening to it I had to go on the internet and read more about the island and its going on in hiatory.

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Surprised Me!

Loved this book so much. They way the plot line was developed back and forth through timeline kept me reading! I felt so deeply for the characters and I genuinely need the sequel!!!