Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Night Sister

TITLE: The Night Sister
AUTHOR: Jennifer McMahon
PUBLISHER: Doubleday
PUBLISHING DATE: August 4, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: nce the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper's kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel's past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock's next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

I really enjoyed this book and wished I had reviewed it quicker. This was the first McMahon book I read and it more than likely won't be the last. The book centers around Piper and Margot, in the present day. They are trying to find out why their childhood friend, Amy, killed her family late one night (this is not a spoiler as it is disclosed early on). The book flashes back between present day, the time period when Amy, Margot, and Piper were growing up, and then the time frame of their parents which provides a lot of history of the hotel involved in the story. Although it was somewhat confusing initially, it quickly sorted itself out.

I love the supernatural aspect of this book. It is provided in the setting and the overtones of the history provided. It isn't "in your face" paranormal, but provided in a subtle nature. McMahon does a wonderful job creating a beautiful, eerie atmosphere for this book. I was engrossed from the beginning and it held on to me until the end.

I was provided this book from Netgalley and the published in exchange for an honest review.


COYER SCAVENGER HUNT CHALLENGE #52 - Read a book with person/people running on the cover.

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