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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genre-defying new 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 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.

A haunting, vividly suspenseful thriller 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.

©2022 Jennifer McMahon (P)2022 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Interesting

First timer reading this author.

What a great read, I lived the narrator she was great with all the characters. I loved how the the book looked into the human psyche and what it can do.

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Happy listening

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Amazing Narration

Such a fun book to listen to. Entertaining and the perfect escape. The narrator, Erin Moon, perfected each character and her performance had me at hello.

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Predictable

Meh, this story tries hard but essentially fail, it's not terribly written but it's also not terribly entertaining, it's trite and the "twists" you can see coming pretty much from the get go. I cam see this being an amusing made for Netflix dark mystery type show but the book listening to the book was a chore I don't care to inflict on anyone else

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Gripping

This is the kind of story that keeps you listening intently. I binged listened in 3 sessions. Some good twists. I would recommend to anyone who likes a good psychological story.