The Night Sister
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Published: March 8, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
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 listened to this book on audio and thankfully, the narrator was a good one! It was a very easy listen and I was able to keep up without any trouble. The characters were mostly likeable and interesting. Even though many of them were younger during most of the story (different timelines), there wasn’t all that horrible YA drama. I was a little confused by the paranormal aspect. It was hinted at at the beginning, but I wasn’t really expecting it. Here I was, looking for metaphorical meanings, when in reality, the paranormal aspect was actually weaved through the plot. I get that paranormal is not supposed to be overly realistic, and unfortunately, I think it took away from the story. It felt a little anticlimactic.
Overall, this was a pretty good book; it’s got a horror tinge, without being super scary. I did very much love the Tower Motel as a setting! So I’d say it’s a good book to recommend to those who enjoy mysteries.
The Seance in Apartment 10
Author: Ambrose Ibsen
Published: February 17, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
When Tori moves into a studio at the rundown Lamplight apartment complex, she gets more than she bargained for. The faucet leaks, the water heater barely functions and the lack of air conditioning makes the summer nights brutal…
But worst of all is the dark presence that stalks the building.
When she and her friends play around with a Ouija board, Tori learns first-hand why the living have no business communing with the dead. Something sinister is roused in the process, and her life begins to spiral into madness soon thereafter. She suffers terrible nightmares, hallucinations, and feels as though she’s being watched at all hours of the day.
And that’s only the beginning. If the spirit has its way, it’ll consume her completely.
With a terrifying specter on her trail and only a few cryptic clues about the building’s curious past to aid her, Tori searches desperately for a way to get rid of the spirit.
What has escaped from the underworld will not go back so easily, however.
Ibsen loves a creepy setting and he’s so good at them! The Lamplight apartment complex just sounds scary. Cheap, sure, but dang! It’s not like anyone would be surprised to find creepy stuff happening in apartments like that. The story is pretty straightforward, but it is scary! I also like the uniqueness of it. While there were familiar elements, like the Ouiji board seance, the story was still new. There were times when I had to tell Ivan to come sit with me because I was downright scared while reading.
I think my only real criticism, which isn’t even enough to bring my rating down, is that I wanted to know a little more about that demonic entity. Other than that, the setting, the characters, the action, it was all awesome! Ibsen seems to get horror and I’m definitely going to read more of his books!