|The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon|
This is a generous 3-star review.
You’ll definitely need a bit of imagination if you’re thinking of reading this book, because it does stray from reality just a tad. To be fair, though, that is what I was looking for when I bought this book, and I do enjoy the occasional ghost story or two.
This is the official, back-of-the-book synopsis:
The Tower Motel was once a thriving attraction of rural Vermont. Today it lies in disrepair, alive only in the memory of the three women– Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot– who played there as children. They loved exploring the abandoned rooms… until the day their innocent games uncovered something dark and twisted that ruined their friendship forever.
Now Amy stands accused of committing a horrific crime, and the only hint as to her motives is a hasty message that forces Piper and Margot to revisit the motel’s past and the fate of the two sisters who lived there in its heyday. Sylvie Slater had dreams of running off to Hollywood and becoming Alfred Hitchcock’s leading lady, while her little sister, Rose, was content with their simple life. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one knows the secret that will haunt generations to come.
Because the characters themselves were not established very well (in terms of personality traits/ characteristics), I had to constantly remind myself of each character’s storyline as well as the characters’ relationships to one another. I’m not going to pretend my shitty memory isn’t at all to blame for that, but I do think more could have been done to give the reader a better understanding of each character’s personality.
Anywho, my quirky complaints aside, this was a pretty entertaining story, and I want to say I read this entire book (368 pages for anyone else who still buys paperbacks) in just about a week flat, which is fast for me, since I’m probably a candidate for the “Slowest Reader in the World” title.
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