Audiobook Review: The Night Sister

October 20, 2015 audiobook, book review, family, fiction, Penguin, pschological thriller 3

The Night Sister

  • Written by:  Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by:  Cassandra Campbell
  • Published by:  Penguin Random House Audio, August 4, 2015
  • Length:  10 hours 22 minutes
  • Source:  Purchased from Audible

Summary:  Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come. (publisher)

My Thoughts:  When an author combines a now abandoned old motel, families living with secrets and a murder it is a setting filled with ideas.  When Jennifer McMahon takes these circumstances she runs with it, leads her readers into a macabre and twisting tale.

Nothing is better than friends, young friends who discover and find things and keep secrets from adults.  Amy has grown up in the family home, mostly raised by her grandmother, and filled with tales of her mother, Rose and her glamorous Aunt Sylvie, the one who disappeared.  As Amy and her friends Piper and younger sister Margot dig deeper to learn more….their friendship splinters and years go by with only a few updates.

Told in multiple times lines of today, the childhood time of the three friends and they childhood of Rose and Sylvie, this book is dark and filled with tales of people that turn into creatures at night.  Do old stories come to haunt future generations?  Is there any truth to them?

The audio of this book was fantastic, Cassandra Campbell one of my favorite narrators.  I was constantly on the edge of fear and wanting more.  I highly recommend this in either print or audio.

3 Responses to “Audiobook Review: The Night Sister”

  1. Michelle

    I definitely believe that this is one of McMahon’s best novels. I love her elements of supernatural that she throws into each of them. They are so subtle but so well-done.

  2. litandlife

    I love McMahon’s books so I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve never “read” a book narrated by Campbell but I’ve only heard great things about her. Maybe this is one I’ll get on audio!

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