The Children on the Hill (Hardcover)

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The Children on the Hill (Hardcover)

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This spine-tingling twist on Mary Shelly’s iconic Frankenstein asks the question, "What really is a monster? and, "Do we all indeed have a monster inside?" Alternating between 1970s events to 2019 events, we follow Lizzy, or as she was known as a child, Violet, on the hunt for her very own monster…her sister Iris.
Lizzy/Violet, grew up loving all things monsters while living with her renowned psychiatrist grandmother and younger brother on the grounds of a highly-acclaimed treatment center. One day her grandmother returns home from the clinic with a young girl who does not speak and has no memory of her past. Her name is Iris, and according to Gran she is to be Violet's and her brother's new sister. Vi and her brother are instantly drawn to Iris and her mysterious past, and as Iris begins to warm up to her new siblings, her past raises questions that will set the course for all of their futures. From this moment forward, Vi and her family's lives will never be the same.
In 2019, we find Lizzy as an acclaimed “Monster Hunter," and famous for her podcast featuring different monster lore from various towns around the country. As she begins to catch wind of local girls going missing at the hands of what people believe to be the fabled monster of their towns, Lizzy begins to piece together that it is indeed a single monster that is taking these girls, and one that she knows all too well; her sister.
This haunting read is packed full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end, and bring you to question whether monsters are born or created.

— Maris

This spine-tingling twist on Mary Shelly’s iconic Frankenstein asks the question, "What really is a monster? and, "Do we all indeed have a monster inside?" Alternating between 1970s events to 2019 events, we follow Lizzy, or as she was known as a child, Violet, on the hunt for her very own monster…her sister Iris.
Lizzy/Violet, grew up loving all things monsters while living with her renowned psychiatrist grandmother and younger brother on the grounds of a highly-acclaimed treatment center. One day her grandmother returns home from the clinic with a young girl who does not speak and has no memory of her past. Her name is Iris, and according to Gran she is to be Violet's and her brother's new sister. Vi and her brother are instantly drawn to Iris and her mysterious past, and as Iris begins to warm up to her new siblings, her past raises questions that will set the course for all of their futures. From this moment forward, Vi and her family's lives will never be the same.
In 2019, we find Lizzy as an acclaimed “Monster Hunter," and famous for her podcast featuring different monster lore from various towns around the country. As she begins to catch wind of local girls going missing at the hands of what people believe to be the fabled monster of their towns, Lizzy begins to piece together that it is indeed a single monster that is taking these girls, and one that she knows all too well; her sister.
This haunting read is packed full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end, and bring you to question whether monsters are born or created.

— From Maris

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genre-defying novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s 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 when she’s 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 dream up ways to defeat all manner of monsters. 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.

“A must for psychological thriller fans” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), The Children on the Hill takes us on a breathless journey to face the primal fears that lurk within us all.
Jennifer McMahon is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella. Visit her at Jennifer-McMahon.com or connect with her on Instagram @JenniferMcMahonWrites and Facebook @JenniferMcMahonBooks.

Product Details ISBN: 9781982153953
ISBN-10: 1982153954
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English
[A] stellar take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein . . . McMahon keeps the reader wondering how much is real and how much is imagined. This is a must for psychological thriller fans.” Publishers Weekl(starred review)

“McMahon succeeds admirably in building real chills and a surprising twist, offering a satisfying addition to the Frankenstein-inspired oeuvre. Mary Shelley would give it two thumbs up.” Kirkus (starred review)

“This modern take on Frankenstein has a delicious twist at the end. This novel is an all-nighter!” —LibraryReads, "April 2022 Hall of Fame"

“In a tightrope’s walk of suspense, The Children on the Hill asks the reader to consider the precarious nature of memory and the definition of the word ‘monster.’” —WBUR ARTery, "Spring Books Guide"

“I always show up for Jennifer McMahon. Her storytelling is tried and true. I don't want to miss her unique brand of suspense.” —LitReactor, "2022 Horror Your Do Not Want to Miss"