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 purchaseâa glorious gothic mansionâwhile 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 itâs 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 isnât the fleeing type, but sheâs not sure sheâll 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 shouldnât be stirred up.
Generation of Vipers is a mix of crimson peak and Mike Flanaganâs Haunting of Hill House, with elements of Marisha Pesslâs 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. Itâll 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*
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Generation of Vipers is a Gothic thriller that kept me guessing and delivered plenty of surprises. From the very beginning, I found myself as intrigued by Rosabella's maison as she was. The feeling of something being not quite right was masterfully conveyed through the writing as unexplainable events kept happening to Rosabella and the maison took on a life of its own. I felt that maison Malefique was a character in itself as the house willed things to happen and was able to bend Rosabella to its will. Rosabella was difficult to figure out, especially since she is in the grips of the house since page one. I would have loved to know her personality a bit before moving into Malefique, especially because a mental health issue seems to plague her, though it seems that Malefique chose Rosabella for a specific reason. I loved finding out the history of Malefique alongside Rosabella and its hidden secrets. I especially liked the journal entries as a peek into Malefique's original inhabitants, I could have read even more. With a devilishly gory ending, Generation of Vipers will have you at the edge of your seat.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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 â 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 doesnât 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. Sheâs 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 shouldnât talk to anyone until sheâs had her first cup of coffee, extra sugar. And if you ever want to hang out with her, youâll have to be game for a horror movie or just a quick run to target for two (hundred) little things. Also, you couldnât pay her to be in her twenties again; Thirties is where itâs at. Sheâs 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, sheâs 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. Sheâs pretty sure the whole âunlikable characterâ thing is a conspiracy because every character she loves have been labeled this way. Ridiculous. And because of this, sheâs 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 â because writing really is an art, and good stories are true masterpieces. Sheâs 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 arenât for everyone, every story has a reader.
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