My Rating: 3 out of 5
Good Read Rating 3.67 out of 5
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 got this in one of those Barnes and Noble “Blind Date With A Book” tables so honestly, expectations weren’t all that high. I had read her previous book “The Winter People” so when I opened it I was pleasantly surprised.
I left it sitting for a little bit but once I started reading, I finished it in two sittings on my days off. It was not a hard book to read and the plot was alright though I found it a bit redundant. You knew what was going on pretty much from the beginning and there were had hints as to who was responsible for the murders pretty quickly (At least I did).
It was a quick fun read though I felt that while the language was good, there was quite a bit of character development that needed to be done because we were bouncing back from time period to time period. The Original sisters in the 1960’s had a relationship built but the father having an affair was unneeded to the plot, the sisters in the new timeline that we were actually supposed to be following didn’t seem to have much of a relationship and the husband Jason seemed to be just a one dimensional figure caught in the middle of it because they needed a cop. I probably would have liked it more if the relationships were a bit more built or we took out some of the unneeded characters to focus on them.
All and all its an easy read but I wouldn’t say it was as good as The Winter People.