The Night Sister

9 CDs. 10:23 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9780804165211. $40. digital download. F
McMahon's story moves back and forth between two eras; both plotlines circle around a hotel in London, VT. In the 1950s, when the 28-room hotel was a destination spot for truckers, salesmen, and annual family trips north, the guests were treated to a special chicken act by sisters Sylvie and Rose. The nearby building of a highway bypass caused a crisis for the hotel, and it eventually went out of business. The contemporary segment reflects on the childhood adventures of three girls who used to play on the hotel grounds. Now two of the three, sisters Piper and Margot, are shaken by a brutal crime of which the third friend, Amy, stands accused. McMahon juggles the time periods well and creates a solid cast of characters that rival those in the creepiest of fairy tales. Cassandra Campbell does an excellent job narrating.
VERDICT Highly recommended for mystery audiences.
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