Generation of Vipers
Maria Ann Green Publication date: June 18th 2021
Genres: Adult, Gothic, Psychological, Thriller
Rosabella Moore-Davis has just moved her husband halfway across the world, with a spur of the moment purchase–a glorious gothic mansion–while on vacation in France. It was love at first sight, and somehow she knew it was more than just some huge house; it was meant to be her home.
But not all things that are meant to be end happily ever after.
Rosabella soon finds herself waking in the middle of the night from more than just wind and creaking pipes. In the dark she discovers ghostly figures looking up into her windows from outside, rooms and treasures previously hidden for centuries, creeping crawling guests, and too many dark shadows lunging toward her. And still, somehow, instead of screaming and running away she researches, choosing knowledge over fear, and learns more about the house and the history of this place she loves so much.
Only when she stumbles into the past, meeting an aristocrat hiding enough deadly secrets to take down the patriarchy, does Rosabella start to regret her choices. And after having come this far, she worries it’s too late to turn back and save herself from a house that has more skeletons in its vast amount of closet space than anyone expected.
Rosabella isn’t the fleeing type, but she’s not sure she’ll survive the fight. Especially against a place with so many stories buried beneath it, burned into every fiber of the edifice, a house with a portal to dark places and troubles that shouldn’t be stirred up.
Generation of Vipers is a mix of crimson peak and Mike Flanagan’s Haunting of Hill House, with elements of Marisha Pessl’s Night Film mixed throughout.
If you like dark thrillers that border on horror, gothic elements, and deliciously dark twists that will keep you guessing, then Generation of Vipers might be your next favorite book. It’ll keep you reading just one more page all night long, too afraid to turn out the light and go to sleep.
It appeals to lovers of suspenseful plots, all things dark like thrillers and horrors, stories with murder and mayhem, dark romance elements, fans of American Horror Story, Shirley Jackson, Gilian Flynn, Ruth Ware, Tana French, J.A. Konrath, and the Timothy Blake Series by Jack Heath.
*Content Warning: graphic violence, sexual content, and language*
Generation of Vipers by Maria Ann Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Americans Rosabella and her husband Milo purchase a massive Manor in the French countryside after Ro falls in love with it.
This dark imposing house has a history and many secrets, ones that Ro is longing to dig into and learn. But as they both settle into their new home it soon becomes apparent that it houses dark secrets, secrets that are just waiting to spill over infecting the present.
This definitely was an intriguing one It initially caught my attention because of the whole gothic slant and have to say this definitely had that vibe in absolute spades it was spooky and dark with such an air of ominous dread that managed to saturate the whole story.
It had mystery and intrigue and even the heavy metaphorical language added to the whole feel.
genre-wise I’d describe it as a gothic horror and it’s told completely from Rosabella’s (Ro) POV and we get to descend down the rabbit hole with her as she spectacularly unravels the more time she spends and invests in her new home.
I had a bit of a dilemma because I wasn’t very fond of Rosabella but I don’t think I was meant to be as she wasn’t portrayed to be that likeable.
Even right at the start I didn’t warm to her finding her selfish and single-minded and I actually felt extremely sorry for her poor husband Milo she was bloody awful to him and at times Ro’s inner monologue had me cringing in pure sympathy.
I initially struggled slightly to find my flow within the writing style but as I said earlier the prose here did add to the whole ambience and gothic atmosphere.
This also then had a lot of lyrical metaphors that I wasn’t initially struck on but as I progressed further I did settle into the style more and I did then start to appreciate them for the added nuance they imparted. This was also fabulously written and very intriguing and the prose used was very lyrical.
It definitely kept me on my toes throughout and it did manage to keep my attention though I wasn’t totally sold on the finish here but that’s just a personal preference really.
This is definitely one of those stories where even though you find yourself not warming to some of the characters involved you keep reading because you need closure and to know their eventual outcome good or bad.
On a side note, there were still some things here that I was left slightly confused about. But Overall this was different and definitely had much more positives than negative’s. It also delivered spectacularly on the whole gothic promise so if your after that vibe then this one should work for you.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of Generation of Vipers.
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Maria, a badass USA Today and internationally bestselling indie author, lives in Minnesota despite the frozen winters. Actually, she prefers snow drifts and icicles over summer and all that sweat running everywhere. She writes about bitches, breakups, and bloodbaths – not in any particular order. She lives with her husband and little family, which includes a few lazy cats who make great lap warmers. You can usually find her whishing that she lived in a secret cabin in the woods where she could be a hermit reading and writing all of the time. Instead she lives the suburban life where she pretends to her neighbors and the other moms around that she doesn’t swear like a sailor, have hidden tattoos, and loves a good bottle of wine. She absolutely believes in unicorns and ghosts and hopes vampires and monsters are real too. She’s a coffee-in-the-morning and alcohol-in-the-evening kind of person, preferably with a nap in between. Maria prefers cats over dogs, books over people, and late nights over early mornings. She probably shouldn’t talk to anyone until she’s had her first cup of coffee, extra sugar. And if you ever want to hang out with her, you’ll have to be game for a horror movie or just a quick run to target for two (hundred) little things. Also, you couldn’t pay her to be in her twenties again; Thirties is where it’s at. She’s a creative, mouthy, introverted, proud bisexual, highly-sensitive INFJ, chronic pain spoonie warrior, Slytherpuff, dork with a sweet-tooth.
Maria devours books, reading mostly in bed or listening to audiobooks in the car. Writing has been one of her passions for pretty much her whole life. So creativity is a necessity for her, always. After working in the mental health field for almost a decade, she’s now living her dream as a stay-at-home writer, kiddo wrangler, professional snuggler, and constantly-tired-person. When it comes to her writing, she specializes in dark and twisted thrillers or gritty, angsty contemporary romances. But no matter the genre, she always prefers writing deeply flawed characters with dysfunctional relationships. She’s pretty sure the whole “unlikable character” thing is a conspiracy because every character she loves have been labeled this way. Ridiculous. And because of this, she’s pretty much found it impossible to write anything without at least a little mayhem.
Maria was once told she painted with her words, and that phrase stuck with her – because writing really is an art, and good stories are true masterpieces. She’s always trying to grow and improve in her craft, shooting for a masterpiece of her own someday. And she plans to write forever because writing gives Maria the ability to disappear into new worlds and create people within twisting plots, all from the comfort of her couch. She will always believe that though not every story is for her, and her stories aren’t for everyone, every story has a reader.
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