The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon

The Children on the Hill
.ePUB, 292 pages
Expected Publication: 26 Apr 2022
By: Simon & Schuster Canada

About The Book:
1978: At her renowned treatment center in picturesque Vermont, the brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hildreth, is acclaimed for her compassionate work with the mentally ill. But when’s she home with her cherished grandchildren, Vi and Eric, she’s just Gran—teaching them how to take care of their pets, preparing them home-cooked meals, providing them with care and attention and love. Then one day Gran brings home a child to stay with the family. Iris—silent, hollow-eyed, skittish, and feral—does not behave like a normal girl. Still, Violet is thrilled to have a new playmate. She and Eric invite Iris to join their Monster Club, where they catalogue all kinds of monsters and dream up ways to defeat them. Before long, Iris begins to come out of her shell. She and Vi and Eric do everything together: ride their bicycles, go to the drive-in, meet at their clubhouse in secret to hunt monsters. Because, as Vi explains, monsters are everywhere.

2019: Lizzy Shelley, the host of the popular podcast Monsters Among Us, is traveling to Vermont, where a young girl has been abducted, and a monster sighting has the town in an uproar. She’s determined to hunt it down, because Lizzy knows better than anyone that monsters are real—and one of them is her very own sister.

My Review:
There are so many good words to describe this book...Chilling, atmospheric and creepy come to mind. I really liked the way the characters were written and portrayed. I was happy the story is told in two timelines as we get the backstory from when the characters were children. They mystery element was fierce and I was surprised many times while reading this book and that is always a big plus. I was so absorbed in this story that I managed to read it in a couple of settings. With such talented writing and a unique plot this is an excellent choice for lovers of horror, suspense or phycological thrillers. And I must also point out that I adore the cover.

With many thanks to NetGalley, Jennifer McMahon and Simon & Schuster Canada for the giving of the ARC.



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