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Friday, August 7, 2015

ARC Review The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

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

I am not sure what to say about this book aside from the fact it was AWESOME! It was mystery, fantasy and a bit of horror all rolled into one. The author describes the motel Amy lives in with its musty rooms and it's desolate tower with such perfection I felt like I was standing in the dark with the characters. Her description of the small town life almost makes me miss the dry hot summers of my home town where everything smelled like cigarette smoke and the breeze from the lake.

The story is written back and forth with three different time periods; 2013, 1955 and 1989. The story tellers are primarily; Rose, mother of Amy, Piper, best friend of Amy and Jason; boy who was in love with Amy when they were kids and is now married to Piper's sister. Dispersed between chapters are letters Rose's sister writes to Alfred Hitchcock. It was such a great complex yet simple story with intriguing characters, good dialogue and a creepy atmosphere.

I actually like the chapters that took place in 1989 and 1955 the best, the 2013 chapters just kind of tied the novel together but I didn't find the content as good. There is a pretty cool twist in this book and while I saw part of it coming I didn't see ALL of it, which I enjoyed. I have read one of this author's books before and there was nothing magical in it, but it tried to make you think there was going to. This book is the OPPOSITE of that.
I loved this! You should go out and read it....RIGHT NOW.

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