I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Published by Doubleday on August 4th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Source: complimentary review copy
The first and only time I saw the movie “The Shining” I got to the part with the little kid on the tricycle and had to leave the room. . .I’m a huge scaredy cat when it comes to horror. Add a creepy hotel and Jack Nicholson and to this day I have nightmares of “Red Rum!”
But. I’m human enough to thoroughly enjoy scaring myself to death. Having read The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon I knew I had to read her latest, The Night Sister. Set in a creepy motel in rural Vermont with a replica of the London Tower at the entrance, The Night Sister has location, location, location in spades. The setting drew me in and swept me along even more so than the characters. Jennifer McMahon is a master at setting up an atmosphere of spooky without depending on blood and gore.
I was reminded of the old “Dark Shadows” episodes while I was reading The Night Sister – well, “Dark Shadows” and “The Shining!” The book gives you that sense of dark and foreboding. The characters were lightly drawn but engaging. At times it was a little difficult to keep up with who was who but the plot kept me flipping pages as fast as I could.
If you’re looking for a creepy, atmospheric, plot-driven novel for your October reads, definitely pick up The Night Sister. Then come back and tell me at one point you figured out who killed the family in the opening pages!
Many thanks to Doubleday Books for the review copy.
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