The Night Sister

The Night Sister

eBook - 2015
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780385538527
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MillieBT
Jul 05, 2017

Suspenseful and entertaining horror story....you've got secrets, lies and ghosts...a creepy hotel...creepy people...

AL_KAYLA Jan 17, 2017

A gripping mystery ghost story narrated between the past and present of a family suffering from what can only be described as a curse. The author keeps you guessing until the very end who's the cause of the trouble and if it's possibly supernatural.

KateHillier Sep 02, 2016

I picked this up because I really, really love "The Winter People" and this seemed to be going along the same lines. More time jumps this time but family secrets and weird happenings and bizarre crimes. In this story though the slow burn worked right up until a point where it feels like the author ran out of time. There was a lot of quick work to establish links between different parts of the story and then everything just rolls down a hill to its conclusion, which is something I had suspected.

The earlier part is really good. In one time line we have sisters Rose and Sylvie, the latter obsessed with writing Alfred Hitchcock letters and going to be a movie star. Sylvie vanishes and Rose's daughter, Amy, and her friends spent a summer in the 80s trying to uncover the story behind Sylvie's disappearance. There is far more there than they bargained for and that follows into present day. If it sounds like there's a lot going on there sort of is. Aside from the time jumps there are multiple point of view shifts as well.

It started strong, I just wish it had stuck the landing

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gusmcrae
Jul 18, 2016

I enjoyed this book--it had a very creepy vibe going on--but I felt like the ultimate resolution wasn't terribly satisfying. I wanted a bit more explanation of what was going on and it felt a bit rushed and details were left out that might have made me feel like the story was a bit more complete in the end.

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BWilsoned
Apr 27, 2016

Really liked this story about a family curse and how it affects the cursed and those around them. Action goes between current time, recent history, and way back in the 50s. It's all tied together with an outdated, decrepit motel with a replica of the Tower of London. It's about friendship, family, secrets kept and those revealed, and protecting those you love. Fast-paced and enthralling.

fictionrocks Apr 09, 2016

This book kept me engrossed the entire time--I couldn't put it down and when I had to (sleep, work, etc...) I couldn't wait to get back to it! it kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Definitely a must read if you're into spooky, creepy, supernatural books.

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Adelheid
Jan 04, 2016

Have a hard time to put this book down, mystery suspense with touch of supernatural, one of the best books in a long time, for me anyway,

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KarenW
Nov 09, 2015

Another creepy read that kept me guessing. In the shadow of an old motel stands a tower that is falling to pieces. Once two young girls played there while their parents ran the motel. Now only one sister remains, looking for clues in the past and finding only more questions. This author makes reading with the lights on mandatory!

ehbooklover Oct 23, 2015

I was ultra-excited to read this book based on how much I loved McMahon's previous title The Winter People. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. In fact, I think it was even better! Just a few words that I would use to describe this book: chilling, atmospheric, spooky, scary, twisty, and just plain wonderful. In short: I couldn't put this one down. Try to grab this one in time for Halloween!

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finn75
Sep 20, 2015

If you like thrillers with a supernatural edge then Jennifer McMahon does not disappoint.

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