(I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.)
Jennifer McMahon writes really creepy books. And this one is no exception. Some of you may remember my review of her book THE WINTER PEOPLE. McMahon returns to the supernatural suspense genre with her latest book entitled THE NIGHT SISTER. As in THE WINTER PEOPLE, McMahon moves back and forth through time to set up her story. In 1955, sisters Rose and Sylvie are growing up at the 28 room motel that their parents run in a small town off Route 6 in London, Vermont. The Tower Motel is known for its tower feature that the girls' father built for his English wife. Sylvie is the golden child and Rose is struggling to grow up in her shadow. Sylvie has big plans to run off and be a famous Hollywood actress. She idolizes Alfred Hitchcock and writes him letters about her life in London. One day, Sylvie disappears and leaves a letter behind about her desire to leave and start a new life. In 1989, Rose's daughter Amy is living at the crumbling motel with her English grandmother. Her best friends are sisters Piper and Margot. As the girls run wild around the motel, they discover a dark secret. In 2013, Piper receives a call from Margot saying Amy and all of her family are dead supposedly killed by Amy's own hand. Amy leaves a cryptic note behind that says "29 Rooms." Piper and Margot immediately know what it means.
THE NIGHT SISTER is a really creepy book. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen. There are supernatural elements to this book so do not read it expecting a traditional suspense/mystery. I think McMahon does a great job in developing characters. Although there are quite a few heavy hints that point to what is going to happen, it is still an enjoyable read. I was a little disappointed by the ending. It felt a little too far-fetched. Even for a supernatural thriller. But, overall, I thought it was a fun read. Perfect for a rainy night.
BOTTOM LINE: Recommended for lovers of suspense. Save this one for a rainy night or a cold Winter evening. A fun, quick read for lovers of supernatural suspense.