The Children on the Hill

S. & S. Audio. Apr. 2022. 10:44 hrs. ISBN 9781797136141. $23.99. HORROR
Lizzy Shelley literally wrote the book on monster hunting, but her professional success has never brought personal solace. After uncovering a pattern in the disappearances of troubled young women, she may have finally found the monster she’s spent a lifetime hunting: her sister. Their story began 40 years prior, on the grounds of a prestigious psychiatric facility in Vermont. Their Gran, the Inn’s director, is considered by many to be a miracle worker, when in truth she is a modern Dr. Frankenstein. McMahon’s (The Winter People) chilling tale explores who is more monstrous, the creatures or their creator? Just as the Inn’s basement door hides the horrors within, narrator Moon’s even tone and sedate pace belie McMahon’s sinister story line. Moon artfully gives each character a unique voice. Parallel narratives, interspersed with book excerpts both by and about Lizzy’s family, create a compelling roller coaster that listeners will be unable to disembark from until hearing the final disturbing details.
VERDICT Will appeal to listeners seeking a spine-tingling blend of psychological suspense and horror; recommended for fans of Jennifer Fawcett, Catriona Ward, and Josh Malerman.
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