A Review of “The Vines” by Shelley Nolden, Freiling Publishing, March 23, 2021, by Linda Zagon, Rachel Gul, Over the River Public Relations

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A Review of “The Vines” by Shelley Nolden, Freiling Publishing, March 23, 2021 by Linda Zagon

If you enjoy a terrifying, horrifying psychological thriller, I have a book recommendation for you.! Shelley Nolden, the author of “The Vines” has written a captivating, intriguing, intense and historical thriller. This novel takes place on North Brother Island, close by New York, on an island that has been taken over by vines and plant growth. At one time there was a hospital, used for quarantine for contagious illnesses, help for patients with addictions, and experimentations of biological viruses and toxins, as well as human beings. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex, and complicated. Some are evil and appear to be psychotic, or obsessed with dangerous things. There are lies, secrets, betrayals, danger and death.

Finn is exploring the island and checking the foliage, and comes across Cora, a woman who is beautiful but scarred. Most of Finn’s family have been doctors affiliated with research on the island. As Finn gets close enough to meet Cora, without getting killed, he starts to learn dark secrets and mysteries about his family, that he can hardly believe is true. Cora has developed unbelievable survival skills, although she has become the uber victim.

There are twists and turns, danger lurking at every turn, and the possibility of death. I could not put this book down, and continued to read. With everything going on in the world today, there could be a realistic tone to it, and it is very thought-provoking. Stay-tuned, I believe there will be another book to follow. I look forward to reading it.

SYNOPSIS: In the shadows of New York City’s North Brother Island stand the remains of a shuttered hospital and the haunting memories of quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned there by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses the enigmatic woman through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past–and his own family’s dark secrets.  Nolden skillfully intertwines North Brother Island’s horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Shelley Nolden is an entrepreneur and writer, now residing in Wisconsin. Previously, she lived in the New York City area, where she worked on Wall Street and first learned of North Brother Island. At the age of 31, Shelley was diagnosed with leukemia and completed treatment three years later. The sense of isolation and fear she experienced during her cancer ordeal influenced her spellbinding debut novel, THE VINES


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THE GIVEAWAY You can offer your readers a wonderful package of goodies which includes a copy of THE VINES, a mug, bookmark, a tea bag, and several packets of seeds. Please limit the giveaway to USA only and to one reader.  

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