AWRW Book Review: The Night Sister by Author Jennifer McMahon @JenniferMcMahon @DoubledayPub @PenguinRandom

The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, grithenightsister2pping, 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.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Doubleday
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Suspense, Supernatural

What’s It About? (Spoiler Free)

“Do you believe in monsters?”

When Amy was 12, her and her friend Piper, and Piper’s younger sister Margot, found a suitcase. After that, nothing was ever the same.

“Don’t think about the thing in the tower.”

Years later, Amy’s entire family, except her young daughter Lou, are butchered… Piper and Margot cannot believe that their childhood best friend could be capable of killing her family, as the media is reporting. The deaths bring back that fateful day when the girls found the suitcase.

The motel’s secrets resurface… Piper and Margot are determined to discover the truth behind the strange disappearances over the years, and the murders that seem to be connected to the old Tower Motel.

“When death comes knocking on your door, you’ll think you’ve seen his face before. When he comes creeping up your stairs, you’ll know him from your dark nightmares. If you hold up a mirror, you shall see that he is you and you are he.”

The Night Sister is a chilling tale about family curses and secrets, that leads to a major discovery that even the most astute mystery detective will not see coming.

My Thoughts 0929151955a

Wow, what a read!

I absolutely loved Rose and Sylvie, and then later Amy, Piper, Margot, and Jason! Each character was well developed with unique backstories that I was eager to learn more about. The author featured multiple povs from the characters, which I enjoyed. The characters felt like real living people to me!

My favorite character was Piper. She was my favorite character because I admired her determination and bravado. She stopped at nothing to find out what really happened that tragic night when Amy, her husband, and son were murdered.

The story jumps around to different time periods, but in an organized fashion, allowing the reader small clues to the mystery. As the story progressed, the mystery unraveled, but the Author never gave away all her secrets till the very end. The suspense had my heart up in my throat! I was constantly guessing as to what the girls would discover next, and what it meant!

The Author certainly has a talent for crafting a fictional universe around her characters. The world building was phenomenal. I loved the description of Sylvie running down the gravel road, her blue nightgown billowing at her feet as she ran, (the book cover bears this image). It was like watching the book cover come to life in my brain! The descriptions of the dank, musty motel tower were my favorite. I felt like I could smell the molding leaves and clouds of dust! My imagination soared with the help of the author’s vivid, descriptive storytelling.

The plot stands out the most to me because truly, it wasn’t what I expected when I began to read this novel. I had no idea it was going to play out the way it did, despite taking careful notes and studying every word, cover to cover! I would highly recommend this book to fans of thrilling mysteries with suspense!

0929152008 (1)Thank you Penguin Doubleday Books Random House Publishing for sending me a hardcover copy of The Night Sister, in exchange for a fair and honest book review! This novel is a new literary favorite of mine!


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About The Author

Jennifer McMahon

I was born in 1968 and grew up in my grandmother’s house in suburban Connecticut, where I was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. I wrote my first short story in third grade. I graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and I decided to take some time to think about whether I wanted to write poetry or fiction. After bouncing around the country, I wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water, or phone with my partner, Drea, while we built our own house. Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness — I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. In 2004, I gave birth to our daughter, Zella. These days, we’re living in an old Victorian in Montpelier, Vermont. Some neighbors think it looks like the Addams family house, which brings me immense pleasure.

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