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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon



Release Date - August 4, 2015

Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Piper and her sister Margot spent much of their childhood hanging out at their friend Amy's family's motel. Their friendship abruptly ended when the girls discovered a dark secret at the Tower Motel. Each moved on, but now they're about to be thrown together with one simple message "29 Rooms."

When police find Amy, her husband, and her son dead, Margot calls Piper with the shocking news that Amy killed them all before killing herself. Only Amy's daughter managed to stay hidden and avoid being brutally murdered. Piper returns to her hometown to help Margot make sense of Amy's actions and deal with the secret that they've kept for far too many years.

The Night Sister is told from a number of viewpoints and eras. First, there is Rose, Amy's Mother, and aunt Sylvie, who also spent much time playing at the motel. They seemed to have a very happy childhood, until Sylvie vanished. Their chapters take the reader back to the 1950s. Some of the story is told in present day, such as those with Jason, Margot's husband, who finds the bodies. There's also Piper who seems to be the only adult Amy's daughter is comfortable talking to. Finally, there are chapters in the 1980s, with Amy, Piper, and Margot stumbling onto the truth surrounding Sylvie, Rose, and the motel itself. There are also the creepy letters Sylvie writes to Alfred Hitchcock.

The book definitely does have a creepy feel, and both the setting and characters were alluring. Part of the story was pretty easy to figure out. I had that pegged from very early on. I admit that there was a little disappointment for me that I could figure out relationships between a couple characters in the past, and I pegged the true "monster" very early on, Still, I couldn't stop reading. The Night Sister is pretty addicting.

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