The Vines: A Novel

· Freiling Publishing
4.4
11 reviews
Ebook
399
Pages
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About this ebook

Award-Winner of the Cross Genre category and Award-Winning Finalist of the Mystery/Suspense, Historical Fiction, and General Fiction categories of the 2021 International Book Awards

In the shadows of New York City lies the abandoned, 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 there 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? Or will she 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.

4.4
11 reviews
A Google user
Disturbing, dark, and suspenseful medical thriller full of secrets, lies and betrayals. The story takes place in North Brother Island, NY spanning from 1901 until 2008. Cora is identified as a carrier ...
A Google user
In present day New York, Finn decides to explore North Brother Island, a place of mystery that is connected to his father and brother's medical experiments. On the island he finds Cora, a scarred and ...
A Google user
I hardly know how to classify this novel -- it was told in two timelines so part of it is historical fiction but overall I think it can best describe it as a suspense novel -- a novel full of twists ...

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 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 debut novel, THE VINES.

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