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Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Jennifer McMahon

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Title:Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel
Authors:Jennifer McMahon
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library, Own as of Jan 2014
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Woman Author

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Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon

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There was always something a little bit odd about the small town of Harmony, Vermont. It’s proximity to Reliance, where all the residents, save one crying baby, disappeared in one day didn’t help its reputation. But it was home to Lisa, Sam and their cousin Eve. Lisa was always fascinated by fairies – what little girl isn’t? But her stories began to include a dark fairy king who wanted to take her to be his queen – then, one evening she walked into the woods behind her house and disappeared. Fifteen years later Lisa’s mysterious fairy book reappears and Sam begins getting telephone calls from someone claiming to be Lisa. Could it truly be Lisa or some cruel hoax?

The story sounds intriguing doesn’t it? In many respects it was, and it managed to keep me enthralled for about 2/3 of the book. Then the story began taking so many different twists and turns (which I usually do not mind), but I could get past the feeling that Ms. McMahon had many plot ideas she wanted to explore and tried to fit them in to the last third of this book. I lost a little bit of interest and found myself skimming just to get it read. That didn’t do the book justice, so when I got the end I was a bit disappointed.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I have read three other books from this author enjoyed her writing very much, that is not the case with this book. Like all the others it is told in alternating chapters between the past and present, the problem with this book was the story and the characters. Non of the characters seemed real or believable, with Phoebe being at times so dim you wondered if she was breathing. The whole story regarding "fairies" may have seemed like a good idea, but the book got bogged down with completely unneeded details, and when everything was finally revealed at the end, I felt cheated. It was almost concluded as an afterthought. This book definitely did not work for me, at all. ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 31, 2015 |
Taking out the word fairy would eliminate half the volume of this book. It got to where I could not concentrate on any of the genuinely creepy characters or immerse myself in the terrifying story, because every time they breathed they mentioned the fairies. ( )
  LarissaGBrown | Dec 26, 2013 |
Excellent book! What starts as a whimsical fairy tale takes a dark turn. Characters are complex, flawed, and so interesting. Couldn't put it down. ( )
  dd196406 | Oct 16, 2013 |
Creepy!!!! Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole book. ( )
  Chrisbookarama | Sep 23, 2013 |
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In memory of my grandmother, Laura Koon Howard, M. D., who had a rational explanation for everything
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Hotter than hot, no air-conditioning, sweat pouring down in rivers, the Magic Fingers motel bed vibrating beneath her, Mr. Ice Cream doing his thing above.
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One soft, summer night in a small Vermont town, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her brother, Sam, about a door—hidden among the ruins of an old town long forgotten—that led to a magical place. A place where she would meet Teilo, the King of the Fairies, and become his queen.
Sam didn't believe in fairies, ghosts, or anything supernatural back then, and now, fifteen years later, he still doesn't. It's on of the many things that his girlfriend, Phoebe, loves about this practical, sensible man. But a series of eerie occurrences challenges Sam's hard-headed realism. As events spin out of control, the couple finds themselves questioning their reality and Sam is reminded of a terrible promise he made years ago...a promise that could destroy them all.

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On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen. Her little brother, Sam, has grown up to be a levelheaded man who is still convinced that Lisa was abducted by a predator. When his girlfriend, Phoebe, receives a phone call from a frightened woman claiming to be Lisa, the two are seriously spooked and set out to discover the true identity of the mystery caller and what really occurred 15 years ago.… (more)

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