The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
So I went to the mall to buy a dress that I really wanted and had been thinking about for months afterwards.
But when I got there, the dress was no longer available. Since I couldn’t buy that I decided I would go somewhere that would make me very happy.
While I was walking around I found The Night Sister. I had read The Winter People and loved it, so I thought that I would enjoy this one too. Plus I was sad that I missed out on that dress and needed a pick-me-up.
This book takes place in three different times 1955, 1989, and 2013.
Sylvie and Rose are sisters who live at the 28 roomed Tower Motel in London, Vermont; designed after the Tower in London, England. Sylvie is blonde, beautiful, and obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and the idea of becoming a movie star like Kim Novak.
Rose is dark, secretive, troubled, and jealous of her sister.
As the two grow up, Rose starts noticing odd behavior of Sylvie. As she becomes more and more determined to get to the bottom of it, Sylvie disappear one day without a trace and never to be seen again.
Piper and Margot moved to London with their mom and befriended the coolest girl in town, Amy. Amy’s mother Rose left her with her Grandmother Charlotte, who lets her, Piper, and Margot run about the motel. The girls spend their time swimming, playing games, and avoiding Jason Hawke who is in love with Amy.
Then one day they discovered something dark and sinister at the motel that ended their friendship with Amy forever.
Years have past and the girls are now all adults. Amy had some wild years but married, had two kids, and runs the motel.
Margot married Officer Jason Hawke, and is about to start a family in between studying local history.
Piper moved to California and has her own video-production business.
Everything changes when Amy’s family is attacked and killed, the only survivor of the massacre being her daughter. Margot calls Piper and tells her what happened. But the horrible murders aren’t the only shocking news, at the crime scene a picture from Sylvie was left behind with the words “29 Rooms” written on it.
This brings those girls back to that summer of 1980s and the horrible secret of what lies in the Tower!
Thoughts After Reading:
The book had a good premise and build up but it all fell flat at the end of the book.
Everything was too easily resolved. And it was no surprise who the night “mare” turned out to be.
For more by Jennifer McMahon, go to The Winter People
For more on sisters disappearing, go to B is for Burglar
For more not in a series mysteries, go to The Wife
For more Alfred Hitchcock, go to Psycho
For more mystery reviews, go to The Last Suppers