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March 18, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

Inn Between

The Inn-Between by Marina Cohen • March 22, 2016 • Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
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The Shining meets “Hotel California” in this supremely creepy middle grade novel about the bizarre things that happen to two girls stranded at a desert inn.

Eleven-year-old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned.

When Quinn’s best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara’s parents and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara’s family before it’s too late?


I received this book for free from Macmillan for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “The sound was faint at first.”

Never stop to rest in an old Victorian hotel in the middle of nowhere. You’ll end up losing people you care about.

What kinds of things can happen in a desert inn? Well, in The Inn-Between, you get a pair of friends on their last hurrah together before one of them moves away; these friends are stranded; their family members disappear without saying a word; staff members continuously smile eerily at them and won’t let them leave; creepy figures chase and grab at the girls; and many other weird things that just doesn’t make any sense.

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