The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Published by Doubleday on August 4, 2015
Genre(s): fiction, horror, mystery, paranormal
Format & Length: e-book, 336
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The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.
Once 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.
The Night Sister is a supernatural mystery thriller that explores the relationships between sisters and friends.
“Do you believe in monsters?”
Told over three different timelines and three different perspectives, this was cleverly plotted and well executed. What could have been convoluted was clear and it was easy to follow. I enjoyed McMahon’s writing style, and she created a creepy atmosphere that worked well with the story. The pacing was on point, unfolding at just the right rate to keep me intrigued and wanting to know more. And the characters were developed and realistic, aside from the supernatural element.
I don’t actually recall why I purchased this; it must have been on sale because I typically don’t buy books with a supernatural slant, preferring to borrow them as I usually don’t reread them. That being said, I’m glad I knew about that aspect going in. It was integrated nicely, but if I hadn’t known it would have thrown me off and affected my enjoyment.
Overall, I enjoyed The Night Sister but probably will not read it again. Recommended for readers who enjoy mystery thrillers with a supernatural aspect. Just don’t read it too late at night!