Dismantled: A Novel

Hardcover | June 16, 2009

byJennifer Mcmahon

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“An eerie and gripping tale of suspense….A triumph.”
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The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled—a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, “One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense” (Los Angeles Times online). Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing, calls Dismantled, “A fun, twisty thriller. Expect comparisons to The Secret History.” Readers of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones will not be able to shake this breathtaking tale of the dark consequences of a group of college friends’ belief that all things—and people—must be taken apart to be truly understood.<_o3a_p>

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“An eerie and gripping tale of suspense….A triumph.”—Boston Globe The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled—a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, “One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense” (Los Angeles Times online). Stewart...

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The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell returns with a chilling novel in which the secrets of the past come back to haunt a group of friends in terrifying ways. Dismantlement = Freedom Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Comp...

Jennifer McMahon is the author ofDismantled, theNew York TimesbestsellerIsland of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novelPromise Not to Tell. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 inPublished:June 16, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061689335

ISBN - 13:9780061689338

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Belongs On Everyone's "Must Read" List This book is nothing short of amazing. Jennifer Mcmahon’s writing enchants you and makes this book really hard to put down. It’s a very fast pace read, interesting and creative. A read that belongs on everyone's "must read" list. I am very happy I chose to read Dismantled. This is currently one of my favourite books and I highly recommend it. It’s easy to get lost in the all the characters and their individual struggles and how everyone’s stories all overlap. The end will have you on the edge of your seat. WARNING: Make sure you have time to read the last few chapters in one sitting you will not want to stop reading.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from a convoluted and disappointing story I was so excited to be given this book which had arrived at the bookstore where I used to work. The manager there knew I was a huge fan of McMahon’s novel Promise Not to Tell, and so she passed this along. Dismantled is the story of the Compassionate Dismantlers, four art students: Tess, Henry, Winnie and the charismatic Suz. The Compassionate Dismantlers believe that “to understand the nature of a thing you have to take it apart.” What they really believe, it seems, is that you can ruin someone’s career and set fires and manipulate lives for your own personal gain. At the end of their post-graduation summer in a cabin by the lake, Suz is dead and the remaining Dismantlers go their separate ways. Flash forward ten years. Henry and Tess are unhappily married and have a 10 year old daughter, Emma. Winnie has had her own struggles with mental illness. A simple act by Emma sets off a chain of events with far reaching consequences. Dismantled was a big disappointment for me and it truly pains me to say that because I loved Promise Not To Tell and encouraged everyone I know to read it. For me, there was just too much going on. Was Dismantled a novel about a failing marriage, infidelity, the nature of art, childhood fears, imaginary friends, ghosts – real and imagined? Was it a mystery? Was it a ghost story? Was it a novel about revenge? Honestly, I really struggled to finish Dismantled and only kept going because I thought maybe the end would justify the rest. I didn’t like any of the characters and worse, I didn’t care about any of them. Read Promise Not to Tell instead.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Me From The First Page I really liked this book, I read it in two sittings and honestly had a hard time putting it down. I definitely recommend this novel, the plot had so many twists and turns that I was guessing up until the very end and would love to read more about the characters, the ending is definitely open to a sequel.
Date published: 2009-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turning & Fast Paced Reason for Reading: The write-up had me drooling to read this thriller . Comments: Four artist friends from college formed a group called the "Compassionate Dismantlers" whose manifesto was "To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart". They spend their final summer after graduation together in a cabin in the woods to experience the ultimate summer of dismantling until things go too far and one of them, Suz, is killed and they cover up the murder. Ten years later signs from the past show up, the remaining members are contacted, haunted, reminded of the past and that fateful summer. A former victim of their pranks commits suicide and the remaining three "Dismantlers" are frightened. Their lives become fraught with eerie events. Does someone know what they did that summer and is now trying to reveal the secret? Did Suz survive? Has she come back for revenge? Or maybe she's found a way back to get revenge anyway ... An awesome book. Nail-biting suspense all the way through with twist after twist. I thought I had this figured out early on and just when I was about to be proven right, whamo, another reveal and my jaw dropped, of course! what an amazing ending! At first glance this may appear to be horror, based on the write-up but it's not. The book is not gruesome and while it does carry a paranormal element that element is small. I read this book in two days as I just couldn't put it down. This is certainly a plot-driven book and while that leaves the characters a little flat it didn't really matter, as so much is happening to them I really wasn't interested in any greater insight into their psyche. Fascinating plot, very tense and fast-paced but also well-paced with plot moving episodes that allow the reader breathing space before the action picks up once again. I really loved the ending. I found it very satisfying with complete closure and yet with just a hint of eeriness that makes you smile when you close the book. If this is an example of what to expect from Ms. McMahon I'm quite anxious now to read her two previous books Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dis-interesting A perfect summer with members of the Dismantlers (who believe you have to take things apart to understand them) is ruined by tragedy). Fast foward ten years; two of the members are married with a small child, when someone from their past comes back to haunt them. I actually finished this book, which is surprising since I don't generally read anything paranormal, and this one has a large paranormal aspect. But the ending saved the book, the last few pages blew my mind. Does it make the entire book worth reading? meh, but it definately made up for it.
Date published: 2009-06-27

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“McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.”