The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Doubleday
Source: Publisher for honest review
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. – Goodreads
My opinion: I have to say the way the book started was really interesting with the murder of Amy. As the story continues we see three different separate story lines occurring at the same time, Amy, Piper and Margot from the present and from the time of which they were teenagers. The other timeline is of Rose and Sylvie when they were teenagers and how the London Motel became so decrepit and how it fell apart in essence. There is a mention of a “monster” through out the book called a mare.
I love how Piper and Margot and Amy, in their teenage years, work through evidence that they discover to find out what happened to Sylvie, Amy’s aunt who disappeared one night after her 18th birthday. I love the way that that investigation is brought forth when Piper comes back after Amy’s murder and she and Margot, begin their own investigation into Amy’s murder bringing in what they discovered during their investigation into Sylvie’s disappearance. It creates a very good tie into the what happened in the past and the present.
Some of the twists were obvious as is common in books, however the twists that are not expected are many, the biggest of which is who/what killed Amy? Some of the things that I didn’t like in particular was that somethings weren’t cleared up for a stand alone, at least I felt they weren’t. One of which was Fenton’s disappearance and who was responsible. One person takes credit for it through another person, however, we don’t really know how it happened. It was a minor plot twist, but I wish I knew a little more about it.
Overall, the book was intriguing and I couldn’t put it down. It was a page-turner and kept me interested and guessing who/what the monster was and who/what was responsible for the murder of Amy as well as the disappearance of Sylvie.
4 out of 5 stars
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