The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
The Night Sister – 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.
Praise for Jennifer McMahon and The Winter People
“One of the year’s most chilling novels . . . melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that’s as scary as it is enthralling.” —The Miami Herald
“Crisp, mysterious and scary. . . . Reminiscent of Stephen King.” —USA Today
“McMahon has developed a subgenre of psychological mysteries . . . in creepily seductive settings.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Gives readers just want they want from a good thriller: can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-until-dawn reading.” —Bookpage
“McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all of your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.” —People
“A hauntingly beautiful read.” —Oprah.com
Review By SBCincinnati TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
It has been awhile since I’ve read a good thriller. Simply could not put this one down. McMahon does a superb job of developing likeable characters that you’re not sure you can trust.
Could Piper and Margot’s childhood friend really kill her family and herself? If not, who would do such a terrible thing? Does it have anything to do with the secrets that they’ve kept for over 20 years?
I love how this story is told over three time periods, the late 50s, early, late 80s, and 2013. The environment described for each era is spot on.
While this book is a bit scary, it is never graphically violent. The story not only revolves around a mystery, but about the relationship between sisters and friends.
It would be interesting to discuss the family dynamics in this novel in a book club.
About the Author
JENNIFER McMAHON is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times best-sellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College.