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 forOnce 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 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 t
I like horror that isn t gross It s my favorite It takes me back to the 70 s A time when suspense meant somethinga decade when horror meant building and building on layers of suspensebut not always to a blood bath conclusion Horror can mean suspense without gore And this is one of those instances.The Tower Motel Vermont 1950sSylvie and her younger sister Rose are sisters as different as they can be The beautiful and blonde Sylvie that writes letters to Alfred Hitchcock, and dreams of stardom And [...]
3.5 Sometimes things are not as they appear, and in McMahon s books this is usually the case.Two sisters, one sister and an uncle go missing Years later three friends find a big secret, a secret that end their friendship Takes place in an old hotel, one built with a tower Starts off rather innocent and slow, than before you know it you are absorbed in the story and the characters Strange, creepy, unbelievable all the things usually associated with this author s novels The things that go bump in [...]
3.5 StarsThere be monsters here and Room 29 at the decrepit crooked Tower Motel is where all the deepest darkest secrets are hiding, wanting to come out at night.While not particularly scary, The Night Sister was atmospherically creepy and a markedly good mystery early on and at the finish line with some pretty cool clues in the form of letters to Alfred Hitchcock along the way Enjoyed it.
Dang, I didn t realize this was a supernatural thriller it s not really my jam I m of a whodunnit gal myself That being said, if you go into this with that knowledge, it is a great book Jennifer McMahon can scare me like no other.
You want a spooky October read before the month ends Well, look no further Do yourself a favor and pick this one up Quickly There isn t much time left Jennifer McMahon s writing reminded me a lot of Kate Morton Story telling at its finest and a story that covers 3 generations of a family and their life at the Tower Motel.The story opens with a brutal murder A woman named Amy, it appears has murdered her husband and children in their sleep Amy s childhood best friend, Piper gets a phone call from [...]
This started out in a very promising way, but at the end I felt underwhelmed I can t explain it the suspense built up nicely over the course of the plot, and the author juggled the three storylines competently The story starts in 2013 in London, Vermont, with Amy and Piper as adults, then switches to Rose Amy s mother as a young girl, then to Amy and Piper as young teenagers The story progresses evenly with these three viewpoints, and the tension steadily mounts I can t really go into it too mu [...]
Suspenseful and entertaining thriller lite story about a dark family secret that spans several generations and is told by alternating narrators You ll probably figure it out before the end, but it will keep you turning the pages If you read and enjoyed McMahon s The Winter People, you ll probably like this A 3.5 for me.
You ve got secrets, lies, mysteries and ghosts too This was a GREAT book I am definitely glad I was reading it during the day I wish I could say the best parts of this book without spoiling it for you This is like nothing I ve ever read before And while, I m getting a little tired of that genre, this book has just the right amount There is absolutely no way you could figure this one out It s a one of a kind Especially since you don t see the different genre being mixed up in this at all It was d [...]
This is the same author who wrote The Winter People, another book that creeped me out and left me wanting I think I have a new favorite author.In my opinion, this book is perfect for the fall Halloween It does take a little bit of effort to pay attention to the timeframe of the chapters, as this story takes place in three different time periods However, I felt it flowed very nicely and I liked how it was broken up this way, to preserve the mystery.A creepy hotel Creepy people Family members wit [...]
Not as spooky as I had hoped, but Mc Mahon is a great storyteller I didn t think it was as eerie as Winter People, but overall, an enjoyable read 3.75 stars
My best surprise read of 2017 My first book by the author was The Winter People and I found that an OK read, but not without problems and not terribly exciting So I ve had this one on the tbr for quite some time, but never got around to it The mid ratings and reviews on did not spur me on either When I finally picked it up, I kind of think those readers read something else Not to reveal to much, I m going to limit myself to saying that it s a story told from multiple viewpoints and across a big [...]
2.5 stars This is the third book I m reading by this author, and although I enjoyed it, it definitely was not in the same league as Don t breathe a word or even The winter people This is because The Night Sister falls into the fantasy genre, whereas Don t breathe a word was a little bit unclear as to where it fits in I did however liked the setting, as well as the flashbacks to their youth, and I read this while on holiday, which was a perfect fit.The Story Once a thriving attraction in rural V [...]
Sometimes all you need is to hide away in bed and lose yourself in the thrill of a truly scary book The Night Sister, I assure you, is the perfect book to immerse yourself in I raced through the book at breakneck speed, desperate to unravel the decades long mystery that Jennifer McMahon so expertly crafts The book opens from the point of view of Amy, a lifelong inhabitant of the Tower Motel and a woman preparing to kill herself and her family What pushed her to this desperate extreme She leaves [...]
4.5 starsE NIGHT SISTER, by Jennifer McMahon was so much than I was expecting it to be I had read nearly 75% in one sitting, the suspense and smooth writing style pulling me in completely In the 1950 s, the Tower Motel was home to two sisters, Sylvie and Rose After Sylvie supposedly left for Hollywood to make her fortune on the big screen, life there was never the same In the 80 s, a beautiful, willful girl named Amy lives there with her Grandmother Her best friend, Piper, and Piper s younger s [...]
I m really surprised to see all the five star reviews of this book While it kept my attention, that s really all it did My problem with The Night Sister is that it played the same old tricks and jumps The scares weren t all that scary The subsequent crimes, brushed over What about the other murders Who cares I sure didn t and that s not good.For characters, McMahon drags out the same tired tropes The weak and pregnant woman The tough and beautiful woman The disbelieving lawman She works to bring [...]
REVIEW THE NIGHT SISTER by Jennifer McMahonJennifer McMahon is a must read author for me, and proves herself once again in this electrifying novel in which she juggles contemporary present, plus not one but two different but essential past eras Even , she interweaves themes not usually unearthed in mainstream novels and makes those themes utterly believable THE NIGHT SISTER is most definitely a must read and reread.
3.5 good story, not very scareyI enjoyed her novel The Winter People much
5I honestly almost can t believe I gave this book a 5 when I ve only given her other books a 4 so far But I did it because it really deserves it This is another one of those books that shouldn t be read while you are home alone or at night, but I stayed up very late to finish it, it was that good This book is best compared to The Winter People as opposed to her other books I ve read It is a paranormal thriller mystery so don t go into this book expecting logical explanations for things Definitel [...]
Whenever I can read a book in 2 days, you know it s either an extremely short book or a page turner This one is a page turner At the beginning of the story we are introduced to a lot of characters and it s not initially clear what the relationships are so I took notes It didn t help that the narrative flashes back and forth in time but eventually the characters took root in my mind For a while I thought Piper and Margot were Amy s sisters.Another point of confusion was the term mare , which appa [...]
The mysterious Tower Motel, which harbours a dark dark secret The story unfolds, slowly, as we follow the events in three different time periods We begin to piece together the bits of information we ve gathered about the motel s past and the family that owns it But there s always something lurking in the shadows, we can never be sure of what we think we know What secrets lie hidden in the dusty abandoned rooms of the once thriving motel Do we dare go into the tower, where the rotten stairs creak [...]
Jennifer McMahon returns following The Winter People, with THE NIGHT SISTER, a combination of a gripping scary crime mystery thriller, dark secrets, and a twist of a ghost, horror and supernatural Moving from the past to present,we learn of a crime surrounding at the rural mysterious Tower Motel, in London, Vermont, across multi generations Amy Piperand Piper s kid sister Margot played at the motel growing up, stumbling upon a terrible secret Now Margot and Piper dig into the motel s past, as th [...]
Finished this book just in the nick of time Wanted to finish it before the month ended I m giving this book 4 stars I liked Winter People just a little bit Maybe I was in a funk while reading this book I m not sure, but it didn t grab my attention as much as the other one.The Night Sister is about a family curse About monsters and ghosts About believing in the impossible About lies and secrets About a girl and her friends, a summer and an outsider boy always watching, but never invited to join. [...]
Three and a half starsThis book was a change of genre and pace for me The book starts in 2013 when a brutal crime is committed Piper s friend Amy is believed to be responsible As children Piper and her younger sister Margot played with Amy at the Old Tower motel, until one day they find something that tears the friendship apart Jason, now a police officer had also grown up with the three girls but was always on the outside of their games and secrets The story takes the reader back not just to th [...]
I ve spent years reading everything McMahon writes because she s just so darn page turning And yet I usually find her endings underwhelming and then get all dissatisfied But this is McMahon s second in a row that held up and I think it s not a coincidence that both books were less thriller and horror She does creepy well.Don t read this one before bed, it is creepy as hell from page 1 and doesn t let up.
4.5 starsKept me on the edge of my seat McMahon definitely has an interesting imagination I, most of the time, enjoy stepping into her world Even with all her twists, they kinda freak me out
3.5 starsFirst of all, if you re going to read this book, go into it knowing that this is a SUPERNATURAL thriller mystery, so you better be able to suspend logic for a bit and just be entertained This is the first book I ve read from this author There is a lot of jumping around between time periods and characters and, though done well, I do feel it kept me from connecting to any of the characters as much as I would have liked It s definitely an interesting story and engaging enough mystery that [...]
The writing isn t very good Dull pacing, cardboard characters I couldn t get interested in Abandoned it.
Pretty decent page turner Goofy ending Otherwise lots of fun.
Three stars A suspenseful book with an interesting mystery, but the ending fell flat.Piper is startled awake by her phone Nothing good ever comes from phone calls in the middle of the night Terrified she picks up the phone, expecting to hear bad news regarding her sister Margot s pregnancy Instead, Margot is on the line telling her that their childhood friend Amy and her family are dead Amy supposedly murdered her husband and son, the only survivor being her daughter Horrified, Piper recalls the [...]
It is atmospheric And the people to some degree, every single one, self centered and mean spirited Family dysfunction is one thing, secret keeping another But strong dislike and disdain between siblings from the get go And friendships that were for the most part insincere and also quite separate from any sense of loyalty And a Vermont in which the survivor of a complete family massacre just gets pawned off on a down and out loose connection So much of the 2013 sections were not possible within c [...]