Summary (from Goodreads):
“The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.
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.”
I am late to the Jennifer McMahon party, but had been hearing for years (literally) about how good and unsettling her books are. This one, especially, has been getting a lot of buzz in my little circle of actively literate people and when I got an email pitch, I jumped on it. (Thank you so much!)
One thing you should know going in: this is a creepy, super unsettling book. Everything’s clear by the end (it’s not one of those books that leaves you with major questions) but up until those points, I spent the book not sure what was real and what was imagination (or deliberately wrong information). If you enjoy books like that, this is for you.
Now I have to go back and read her backlist. :)