The Children on the Hill (Paperback)

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The Children on the Hill (Paperback)


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A homage to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Children on Hill is both a frightening page-turner and a compelling story about the monsters amongst us, both legendary and genuine, and  two sisters' determination to protect the most vulnerable among us. It incorporates modern insights to a storied classic of horror literature, involving dark family secrets, emotional illness, and the deep, dark, unbreakable bond between sisters. I was both drawn to it and chilled by it!

— From JENNY

From the New York Times bestselling 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 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.
Jennifer McMahon is the author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Children on the HillPromise Not to Tell, and The Winter People. She lives in Florida with her partner, Drea. Visit her at or connect with her on Instagram @JenniferMcMahonWrites and Facebook @JenniferMcMahonBooks.
Product Details ISBN: 9781982153960
ISBN-10: 1982153962
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English