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The Children on the Hill
The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genre-defying new novel, inspired by Mary Shelleys masterpiece Frankenstein, that brilliantly explores the eerie mysteries of childhood and the evils perpetrated by the monsters among us. 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 whens she home with her cherished grandchildren, Vi and Eric, shes just Granteaching 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. Irissilent, hollow-eyed, skittish, and feraldoes 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. Shes determined to hunt it down, because Lizzy knows better than anyone that monsters are realand one of them is her very own sister. A haunting, vividly suspenseful page-turner from the literary descendant of Shirley Jackson (Chris Bohjalian, author of The Flight Attendant), The Children on the Hill takes us on a breathless journey to face the primal fears that lurk within us all.
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alecia3dixie
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I really liked this one! It kept me intrigued the whole time and I loved the story. The only nit pick I have is I wanted more info! You get left with a lot of unanswered questions and I just do t like that. 4/5

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jlhammar
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Entertaining, twisty page-turner. Just what I was in the mood for this weekend. I love Shelley‘s Frankenstein and the 1930s films it inspired (Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein) so that element really added to my enjoyment.

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RyanMHoward
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THE CHILDREN ON THE HILL by Jennifer McMahon

1978: Vi and Eric live with their grandmother and love monster stories. One day Gran brings home Iris, a girl about Vi‘s age, who Gran says is their new sister. Iris joins their monster club.

2019: Lizzy, a paranormal investigator, discovers a pattern of disappearances where teen girls go missing in towns that have a local monster legend.

A twisty tale with cool characters and a satisfying ending👍

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TheDrunkenLibrarian
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1. 1978 & 2019 Vermont 2. Survive the Night by Riley Sager 3. Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤩 2w
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TheDrunkenLibrarian
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Newest by one of my favorite authors. Can‘t wait for bedtime tonight 🔥

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Papyrus
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The ending made me so happy. I loved all the twists and it‘s was refreshing to read a suspenseful book that made me happy in the end.

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kplovesbooks
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I was...underwhelmed here. It's okay. Just not particularly shocking or frightening in any way.

BooksAndYarn I'm always wary of books that everyone else seems to love because I normally end up not enjoying them, but sometimes the blurb gets me anyway 4w
kplovesbooks @BooksAndYarn I feel like I'm like that too... rarely ever do I agree with the hype. 🤷 3w
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MrsReads1
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My May #bookspin was kind of a mess. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! Sometimes those bingos are weirdly elusive! 😂 4w
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Twainy
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May reads … reading slump continues. Read anything good in May?

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Rissa1
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That ending was perfection that I never saw coming. Jennifer McMahon wins again.
5⭐️

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Rissa1
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Rissa1
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I have met my 750 page goal, with 761 page at 8:04pm. I will probably get a bit more reading in, but wanted to post before I forgot. #MarvelousMay @Andrew65

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kplovesbooks
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...and a promising beginning!! 👍

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kplovesbooks
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Starting now!! 😁

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Rissa1
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Feeling content. A feeling that I think is extremely underrated. My favorite room, a book I am enthralled by and and incredible playlist I found on Spotify. It is a great feeling to know there is nothing else you would rather be doing at the moment. #ContentmentIsAGoodThing #MarvelousMay

kplovesbooks "Reading Twilight In The Rain" sounds like a playlist I need in my life!! 1mo
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CaitlinR
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Fantastic chiller! Dr. Helen Hildreth, the psychiatrist director of the Hillside Inn is renowned for her good works with the mentally ill. She has brought home a young girl to join her grandchildren, asking that they help her adjust to the world. In 1978, the children write “The Book of Monsters” to keep themselves safe, but they don‘t understand the threat or the evil . Told in time jumping chapters: past and future. Great twist at the end!

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An entertaining thrillery, horrory novel, The Children on the Hill follows Lizzie, a life-long lover of monster stories, as she hunts her latest monster. This one might be tied up in the past, which we see in the second storyline in the book. There‘s a twist I truly didn‘t expect at about the 3/4 mark and the end wasn‘t what I expected, which is always fun.

vivastory I have been meaning to read McMahon forever & this sounds right up my alley. Stacked! 1mo
kplovesbooks I'm about to start this one! My library hold just came in earlier this week! 1mo
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What??! This was excellent. If you're a fan of Frankenstein and in need of a thriller, definitely pick this up! 👾👽🎧 #marvellousmay

KathyWheeler This sounds really interesting. Thanks for posting about it! 1mo
CherMoreBooks Oooh I can‘t wait to read this! I love the author. Thanks for the recommendation. 1mo
Jenniebooks How are you possibly a witch? 1mo
Linsy @Jenniebooks It's more like I wish I was one, and am obsessed with all things witchy. But that word possible gives me hope, lol. 1mo
Jenniebooks You might be one if that is your wish. I am talking to some on TikTok. 1mo
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I have been wanting to try a Jennifer McMahon novel for a long time. The premise of this one involves a podcaster who hunts monsters, so I it sounded perfect for me. The story alternates between Lizzy, a monster-hunter in her fifties in 2019, and Vi, a child in 1978 who is being raised by an increasingly creepy grandmother. The two timelines merge at the end. Although I enjoyed this novel, the ending was not satisfying.

Bookzombie Great review! My first McMahon was The Winter People and I remember really liking it. I have read one other. I always mean to pick up more and just never get back to her. 1mo
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Finished this fun monster hunt today. Another solid McMahon novel. I loved the dual story lines and am a sucker for the science gone wrong trope. I figured out the first twist early on, but it let me read the book from a different angle and did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. The ending was unexpected and satisfying, like most of her books.
Thanks to #netgalley and the publisher for an #arc in exchange for an honest review.⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Alfoster Yes, this one was creepy good!❤️😱 2mo
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Twainy
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🎧 recommendation

Chapters consist of ….

2 timelines 1978 & 2019.

Multiple POV.

A kids guide to monster hunting.

Excerpts from a journalist‘s expose.

Chapter Titles are clearly defined.

4 MCs - A doctor/scientist/gramma, two preteen girls & a little boy.

Fun!! Thriller!! Twisty. Read the summary or go in cold! Great cover!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I loved every minute of this book, and I'm glad I took my time with it. The narrative structure had several points of view including a teenager's guide to monster hunting. The pacing and the way things were revealed were awesome. It also had a lot to do with the non-familial bonds we form.

Linsy I read this book wrong, but loved it as well! I just wasn't in the mood to switch back and forth, so I read all of Vi and then went back and filled in everything else ... so I spoiled myself, but I didn't read the monster until later, so I was still very much surprised by the ending, at first it was warm and fuzzy and then BAM. What did you think about the end?? 1mo
AmandaBlaze @Linsy I thought was satisfying way of tying things up. I was happy the girls had some revenge against those who hurt them. I had a feeling from the beginning which of the two girls would end up being The Monster, but didn't know she was actually helping the girls she selected. 1mo
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FantasyChick
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A little late getting my May #bookspin card started but it looks like my first read of the month covers my #doublespin pick.

Starting out with a win! I need it 😅

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 2mo
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FantasyChick
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So I'm attempting The Craft as my #MayMovieMadness pick and it might be more difficult than I thought 🤣

There is one character in this book that reminds me of both Nancy and Sarah at different times throughout but I'm not going to say who and spoil the surprise 😏

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BrittanyReads Ohhhh one of my favorite movies!! 2mo
Clwojick 🖤🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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FantasyChick
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This is probably my favourite book by Jennifer McMahon to date. I went in blind and was not disappointed. Frankenstein influence, deep family secrets, Supernatural monster hunting vibes, dual timelines and twists that made me pause and go "Wait, what?"

Highly recommend just jumping in. So much fun!

#AestheticallyMatched #Bookspinbingo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
TheLudicReader This author has been hit or miss for me. I loved Promise Not to Tell, but then I read a couple duds. Maybe I will give this one a go. 2mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Started this late last night. I think it might be my new favorite by McMahon.

Twainy I‘ve had this on loan from Libby … I‘m glad it‘s good! 2mo
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AmandaBlaze
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I'm keeping the bar a little low for this one, considering my performance in the last few readathons. For the #20in4 #Readathon, I will read Children on the Hill and Sea of Tranquility. Hopefully, I'll read more, but those two are the main goals
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Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck 😊 2mo
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I‘ve followed McMahon‘s career since nearly the very start! And though I‘m sure I said this about her last book, this one might be my favorite yet! A layered homage to Frankenstein, the book involves snippets from a 1980 nonfiction bestseller, a monster hunting guide penned by three children, a 1970s narrative from one of those kids, and a 2019 story of a cryptozoologist/monster hunter who is following a lead on missing girls. A real pageturner!!

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kplovesbooks
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👏👏👏👏👏 YAY!!!!

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Kimbono
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I love my mornings with sweet Rocko and a book.

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Reecaspieces
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kyraleseberg
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I'm a huge fan of McMahon's spooky stories and this one has my full attention! Release date is Tuesday (4/26)

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Reecaspieces
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Ok y‘all!!! I just started this book and talk about addicted!!! Dang it‘s good!!! What are you reading this Thursday?

Alfoster I really liked this one too! It‘s so bizarre!❤️👊 2mo
Reecaspieces @Alfoster all her books are a bit “out there” but I have enjoyed every one! 2mo
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Vi and Eric live with their Gran, a renowned psychiatrist. One day Gran brings home Iris, who does not speak and has no memory of where she came from. Vi makes it her mission to find out more about Iris‘ past and in doing so uncovers some shocking secrets. This was terrific & the twists floored me. Thanks to NetGalley & Simon & Schuster Canada for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Alfoster
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Why am I drawn to such creepy books?😱 I‘m a fan of McMahon‘s so couldn‘t resist this one; plus, I used to teach Frankenstein and this is an homage to the author! Three “siblings” live with Gran who‘s a doctor at The Inn, the local psychiatric facility. What goes on there is nothing short of crazy and bizarre! Don‘t read in the dark!😳👍

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4.5 STARS - A fantastic, eerie and atsmopheric read about siblings who are raised on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital by their grandmother, a renowed psychiatrist in the 1970's Modern day storyline follows Vi, a monster hunting podcaster who digs into her past. Delightfully chilling!!

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Suet624 Jennifer is a Vermonter. Does this story take place in Vermont? 3mo
Bakingbookworm @Suet624 Yes it does. At a psychiatric hospital in rural Vermont. 3mo
Suet624 I live about 20 minutes away from a town that used to have a psychiatric hospital until the 90‘s. It had quite the reputation. It‘s been used in the past by local authors as a setting for their books and it‘s only about 30 minutes from where Jennifer lives. So I bet that‘s where she has situated her story. 3mo
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Bakingbookworm @Suet624 Sounds like it‘s the place. 3mo
Suet624 Sorry to go on about it! It‘s probably more interesting to me than it is to you. LOL. 🤣🤣 3mo
Bakingbookworm @Suet624 No worries! I love it when a book is set near me. 3mo
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Vermont 1978: Dr. Helen Hildreth, psychiatrist, is acclaimed for her work with mentally ill at her renowned treatment center. At home, she is just Gran when taking care of Vi & Eric, her grandchildren. One day Gran brings home a child to stay with the family but Iris does not behave like a normal girl. Vi & Eric invite Iris to join their Monster Club. They catalogue all kinds of monsters & makeup ways to defeat them. Iris comes out of her shell.

EadieB 2019: Lizzy Shelley is the host of the popular podcast, Monsters Among Us. A young girl has been abducted. A monster has been sighted in the town. Lizzy is determined to hunt the monster down. Lizzy knows better than anyone that monsters are real because one of them is her very own sister. 3mo
EadieB This is a story about monsters. I enjoyed the references to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein novel. The characters were unique and the plot has a very surprising twist in the end. The story is told in two timelines (1978 Vi and 2019 Lizzie). I have read all of Jennifer McMahon's books and have enjoyed each one. I look forward to reading her next book as I do enjoy her writing. 3mo
EadieB If you like monster stories then you will enjoy this one. I would like to thank Gallery/Scott Press and NetGalley for a ebook for an honest review. (edited) 3mo
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EadieB To be published April 26th 2022 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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One more amazing book by this author. She quickly became one of my favorite authors after just a couple books. She consistently tells amazingly creepy stories that keep my attention from beginning to end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Yikes I‘m realizing I‘m way behind on posting reviews. I got an ARC of this one from #netgalley and really enjoyed it. I typically like this author but at times her books are super out in left field and start to lose coherence. This one is excellent. Good characters, interesting premise, nice twist.

Suet624 I recently discovered she lives an hour from me. 7mo
TheLudicReader She has always been hit or miss for me. I loved Promise Not to Tell, but then a read a couple more that I just really didn‘t like (Dismantled and The Winter People) and then one that was pretty good (Island of Lost Girls). So frustrating. 7mo
Bookgirl @TheLudicReader give this one a try when it comes out. It‘s more tightly written than some of her others 7mo
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Bookgirl @TheLudicReader although I agree Dismantled is the book I like the least, The Winter People is one of my favorites 🤣 So take my view on this one for what it‘s worth! 7mo
Bookgirl @Suet624 that‘s fun! 7mo
TheLudicReader @Bookgirl have you read Promise Not to Tell? 7mo
Bookgirl @TheLudicReader I had to go back and look…yes! I liked it. The Night Sister was good also 7mo
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