Book Review: The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon


Title: The Children on the Hill

By: Jennifer McMahon

Genre: Horror

Pages: 338

Release Date: April 26th, 2022

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A genre-defying new novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, which 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 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.

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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Jennifer McMahon hasn't disappointed me yet.

I don't know what it is with this author, but she has the ability to creep me out every time. It must be the child aspect in her stories. It's disturbing.

This story has many layers too it and as they are pealed away, we find out more and more disturbing information that makes you stop and take a deep breath as a wonderful shudder climbs up your spine. McMahon builds on your fears as you realize the truth, monsters are real and the characters that have been wonderfully built on the pages in front of you are in real danger.

I couldn't put this book down and can't wait to see what Jennifer McMahon has in store for us next.

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