Cursed Vines

An Occult Suspense Novel

Fiction - Paranormal
308 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2018
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Author Biography

Suzanne Ferreira is a former journalist, raised bicultural by a Portuguese immigrant family in New England. After publishing her first poem at age twelve, she earned a degree in journalism at Emerson College and continued as a reporter in the Boston area before moving to Los Angeles for a career in web design.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Devastated by the death of her grandmother, college student and budding journalist Talia Braga goes to Portugal with her friend, Caryn, and boyfriend, Jared, to clear her head away from home and investigate a lead on a double murder of her twin cousins. Her promising week of finding answers becomes more complicated when Caryn goes missing and she and Jared have a falling-out. She’s convinced her infamous uncle is the murderer as she discovers more of her family’s mysterious past. But, she might not be ready for the consequences of her investigation.

Cursed Vines by Suzanne Ferreira is an occult and paranormal tale that revolves around Portuguese folklore. The concept and premise are extensively developed into an intricate plot intertwined with Portuguese culture, the dynamics of the Portuguese community and the informative details of places in Portugal that serve as the background as events unfold. The meaning of ‘burning ears’ is fascinating and is something that I will keep in mind. The characters are well fleshed out and sufficient to say, I’m sad that some of them have unfortunate fates as the story progresses. Ferreira’s writing is sharp and the narrative is engaging, adding more depth to the story line that has enough twists and edgy moments to entertain readers. Overall, Cursed Vines is a solid and suspenseful mystic thriller from Ferreira.