I’ve been living in my home close to 4 years now and I’m just saying, I didn’t throw away any memory of the previous owner (she was a sweet lady loved by all the neighborhood) I found in the garage. You know, just for not making the house mad for disrespecting the previous owner. Also, how creepy is that cover???
Generation of Vipers by Maria Ann Green released mid-June in the Adult, Gothic, Psychological, Thriller genre.
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*
AUTHOR BIO: 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.
The heroine believes in ghost. Is there a particular happening that made her believe in them?
Rosabella in the story, the main character, is a complex character. She is privileged for sure, and that’s evident in the very beginning of the story. She starts out getting everything she wants, including a brand-new mansion in France, when she had only been there on vacation with her husband. She buys everything she wants, and she takes control in her relationship with her husband.
But that’s definitely not all she is, and Rosabella becomes clearer the longer the book progresses. She comes from America to a new place full of positivity and bravery. But her life isn’t perfect. Her marriage starts to face issues, which we find out isn’t the first time. She struggles to make friends, and she starts to get more and more frightened by events that unravel. No person is one dimensional, and we find that out about Rosabella as the pages turn.
She doesn’t come right out and say it, but as strange things start happening she takes the leap a lot faster than other people might in believing the hard-to-believe. She dives into the histories of the land and her new home, as well as the people the pertain to both. She gets easily freaked out by things that could be brushed off as coincidences. She walks past grave yards and shivers – though, I doubt she’s the only one who does that! And eventually, yes, believes in the paranormal.
It’s hard to answer this question without giving too much away in the book – but there ARE reasons why she takes the plunge into believing in hard to believe things, like ghosts. There are many hints throughout the story about her past and different traumas lurking there. It’s shrouded in mystery, usually we get half answers to what has happened to her in her past, or unfinished sentences. But we definitely do get hints that Rosabella believes in a lot of things are on the other side of reality – such as ghosts and the paranormal. Some of it comes from her personal history, and the traumas she’s been through before the book starts. But some of it comes from the sheer force of everything she experiences, and her inability to ignore what she’s seeing. In the end I’m not sure that I could deny the existence of ghosts if I were the one in her story, either!
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