Don't Breathe A Word: A Novel by Jennifer McmahonDon't Breathe A Word: A Novel by Jennifer Mcmahon

Don't Breathe A Word: A Novel

byJennifer Mcmahon

Paperback | May 20, 2015

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Don’t Breathe a Word is a haunting page-turner that kept me up, spine shivering and enthralled, way past my bedtime.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints

“Jennifer McMahon never flinches and never fails to surprise…as [she] weaves a young couple into a perverse fairyland where Rosemary’s Baby could be at home.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

Two young lovers find themselves ensnared in a seemingly supernatural web that ties them to a young girl’s disappearance fifteen years earlier in this dark and twisty tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. Jennifer NcMahon returns with a vengeance with Don’t Breathe a Word—an absolutely chilling and ingenious combination of psychological thriller, literary suspense, and paranormal page-turner that will enthrall a wildly diverse audience including, among others, avid fans of Keith Donohue (The Stolen Child), Laura Lippman (I’d Know You Anywhere), and Tana French.(In the Woods).

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.
Title:Don't Breathe A Word: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:May 20, 2015Publisher:Harpercollins PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061689378

ISBN - 13:9780061689376

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh So the story is interesting. You are never sure who was telling the truth and what was actually real. However, it could also be a little confusing and well the writing was not up to par. Very simplistic and so much brand name dropping. It was kind of weird. I just don't think the story had good flow. I expected more and it was a let down.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read I highly recommend this book. Lots of twists and turns to the plot.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read An interesting read, takes a little bit to get into the story. But worth it
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing right to the end A fast paced mix of dark family secrets and fairy tale magic, this book kept me guessing right until the end. I finished it in a day, I just couldn't put it down. Love the ending!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from moves slow at first but will keep you guessing second novel i've read by mcmahon. promise not to tell being the first and most likely the first novel you read of hers. i think i enjoyed this one more. i loooove mystery books and this is one for sure. there are a few twists that keep the reader guessing. i guessed the first- who the author of the diary'll understand when you read it. i enjoy the perspectives from both main characters phoebe and lisa. but it did annoy me the back and forth of each chapter. plus side each chapter ends with a mini cliffhanger, which wants you to quickly read through the next chapter. by the time you finish the current chapter and you are on your new cliffhanger you've forgotten how much you wanted to read the next chapter. good summer read. easy read, a little slow in the beginning but it picks up toward the last 1/4. thank goodness i finished it on a friday night or else i would've been dead tired for work. i think the last 6 chapters i flew through just because you really really want to know what is going on. the twist is mix of suspense, sorrow, disgust and OMG (really???). it's like a one of those horror/ suspense movies that build and build with the ending all of sudden bam right in your face. the end was really good i think mcmahon ending fit with the theme of the novel. i'll probably read another mcmahon, because her concepts are interesting. always involving young adolescents, growing up, learning something from the past that will affect the future and suspenseful plots. here i come to her next novel.
Date published: 2012-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing till the very end! MY GOODNESS! READ THIS BOOK! This was my second book by the author (first being: Promise not to tell)... I fell in love with this author even more. This story was great! It was a page turner and I couldn't put it down! Do it. just get this book!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was expecting more Review fist posted at I first saw Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon at the bookstore back in the fall. Upon reading the back I thought it looked really good and I really wanted to read it. I didn't buy it right then, I actually wanted to see what it had rated on Goodreads before I took the plunge. I did add it to my wishlist and was pleasantly surprised when I received it as a gift in the Fall Book Exchange. Even with my mountainous TBR pile this book quickly moved to the top of the pile. I was suprememly curious about the story. The story is told by two different narrators- by Pheobe, Sam's girlfriend which takes place in present day time and by Lisa the missing sister, her story is told 15 years prior to the present day and it recounts the events leading up to her disappearance. This aspect of the book was ok, however I would often find myself becoming bored with Lisa's story. Mostly because I wasn't all that convinced about the faries. When I was reading from this 12 year old girls perpective I felt like it was very much make believe. That none of it was real. It was only when reading from the perspective of Pheobe and the present day realities did I wonder what was going on, and whether this really was a messed up fantasy. There were a few things about this book that I wished were different. One being the end. I did not like how this book ended. Some people would say that is was brillant. I thought it was a misguided attempt at making this book a little more mysterious. To me, this book didn't end. I mean, it ended or I felt like it ended, and everything was winding down, but then all of a sudden you're not sure. I hate when that happens. For me if a book is not part of a series, there should be a definit end to things. To go along with the end, I thought that McMahon went a little to dramatic in places.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Fifteen years separates these two stories being told past to present. It's a book of how childhood beliefs of fairies and magic can shape the world. The plot is a twisted tale of a twelve year old missing girl and disturbing family secrets. It's a dark mystery.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't pigeon hole this one into any specific genre..... I first discovered Jennifer McMahon when I reviewed her novel, Island of Lost Girls, back in 2008. Her latest book, Don't Breathe A Word, is a page turning thriller, drawing again on the exploration of past influencing present, and how childhood beliefs shape the future. But, boy oh boy, does she do it in a very creepy fashion! Fifteen years separate the two stories being told. In the past, Lisa, her brother Sam and cousin Evie all lived in the small Vermont town of Harmony. They often played in the woods behind their house. And in those woods there once was a small village called Reliance. All that is left are the stone foundations. Or is it? It is said that all the residents simply vanished one day, leaving only a baby crying in his cradle - Sam and Lisa's great grandfather. And then Lisa vanishes too.... "Three nights ago, she went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. She said there was a door in those woods, somewhere in the ruins of an old town long abandoned. She told her little brother she'd met the King of the Fairies and he was going to take her home to be his queen." Phoebe is just drifting through Harmony that day and follows a strange little girl into the woods to 'just have a look'. Fast forward 15 years. Sam and Phoebe are lovers, a chance meeting bringing them together before Phoebe realizes who Sam really was. When Lisa's 'fairy book' resurfaces and they start receiving calls from someone claiming to be Lisa, the past is reopened, re-explored and remembered in alternating chapters, past and present. When we're little we pretend there are fairies and fairytales enthrall us. But some of them are frightening as well. "You know how sometimes, sometimes when you're just sitting there, you catch this movement in the corner of your eye - just a shadow, really - and you blink, sure you imagined it?" What if those tales were based on reality? Or could it be some lowlife using those tales to lure a girl away? I have to say that McMahon kept me guessing right up until the very last page. One moment I was convinced the story was headed one way, only to be proven wrong in the next chapter. A truly odd mixture of suspense, thriller, mystery and fantasy. But intriguing? Oh yes! On a side note, I've always been intrigued by McMahon's choice of cover art. All of her novels involve children and each cover has featured a child with striking eyes that seem to look right at you.
Date published: 2011-06-13

Editorial Reviews

“[A] strange and unsettling shocker ... With the tale’s outcome utterly unforeseeable even as it races along, “Don’t Breathe a Word” leaves you breathless.”