The Night Sister
Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to for ...more
The Tower Motel-
Sylvie 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 ...more
It is a mystery involving a crumbling old hotel, The Tower Motel, 28 rooms, Vacancy.
And, an old photograph which gives a clue to the mystery...29 rooms.
I liked the premise and the fact that it was VERY atmospheric-which I LOVE!
But, I didn’t know that it fell into the horror genre, when I picked it up, and I wasn’t expecting that ending!!
Still, though not my favorite genre, worthy of 4 stars!
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 bum ...more
There 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.
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 ca ...more
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 me ...more
I 100 percent think Jennifer McMahon is a great writer, I just hope the rest of her books are more Wi ...more
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 wor ...more
The Story: Once a thriving attraction in ...more
Story A (1950's) is of Rose and her beautiful sister Silvie. Everyone just loves Silvie so much and Rose if often not even noticed. The family owns and runs a motel. One summer, Grandma comes to visit. She's German and spends time telling the girls fairy tales. Rose begins to think Silvie isn't human, that she is a creature from one of Grandma's stories. Th ...more
I 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 explanatio ...more
In other words, it's a firm suspense with mostly off-scene nods to carnage. It's all about the build-up, the plethora of details that might lead us in all kinds of interesting directions, and the character-building.
We have three different times to explore. A mystery that develops during the 50's, where the homage to Hitchcock blo ...more
Jennifer McMahon is a beautiful writer. Her style hooks you, and it's easy to get lost in her lyrical Grimm's fairy tale version of Vermont. I loved her descriptions, her dialogue, and her ethereal manner in describing the spooky elements. However, The Night Sister failed to follow through with its engaging and sp ...more
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 l ...more
THE NIGHT SISTER, by Jennifer McMahon was so much more 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 ...more
Jennifer 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 more, 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.
This one went from different viewpoints and different times to give you a complete picture that began to add up. Sometimes that method works, and other times it does not. Here it did and I didn’t find myself getting confused about what time I was in or forget whose point of view I was reading at all. The characters were so establi ...more
If the rest of this authors stuff is as well written as this one, then I am looking forward to checking it out.
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 ...more
“Do you believe in monsters?”
Told over three different timelines and three different perspectives, this was cleverly plotted and well executed. What could have been convoluted was clear and it was easy to follow. I enjoyed McMahon’s writing style, and she created a creepy atmosphere that worked well with the story. The pacing was on point, unfolding at just the right rate to keep me in ...more
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