From the New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon (The Winter People) comes an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.
The Tower Motel was once a thriving attraction of rural Vermont. Today it lies in disrepair, alive only in the memories 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 to her motives is a hasty message that forces Piper and Margot to revisit the motel’s past, and the fate of 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 the generations to come.
About the Author
JENNIFER McMAHON is the author of six novels, including the New York Times best-sellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College.
“Chilling…. A powerful story of childhood friendship and sisterhood…. Dark and compelling.” —BookPage
“McMahon manages to turn Vermont’s verdant, picturesque scenery into the backdrop for some truly unnerving plots…. [and] such issues as sibling rivalry, forgiveness, family legacies and unconditional love.” —Bookreporter “A modern-day Grimm’s tale.” —Curled Up With a Good Book
Praise for Jennifer McMahon and The Winter People
“One of the year’s most chilling novels . . . melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that’s as scary as it is enthralling.” —The Miami Herald “Crisp, mysterious and scary. . . . Reminiscent of Stephen King.” —USA Today “McMahon has developed a subgenre of psychological mysteries . . . in creepily seductive settings.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Gives readers just want they want from a good thriller: can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-until-dawn reading.” —Bookpage
“McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all of your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.” —People