Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon

I read a lot.  A.  Lot.  Maybe someone would like to know what I think about the books I read?  I'll try to do better at sharing ...

So, I just finished Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon.  I'm quite impressed with myself because it only arrived in the mail on Saturday (Hello, Amazon!).  I can gobble down a romance novel in one quick bite, but usually 'other stuff' takes me longer.  This book was crazy good.  No, really, a bit crazy.  Crazy.  Good.

I'm not sure how I even found this book ... I've never read anything by McMahon previously, but now I need to go find more.  Maybe it was a random pick while browsing Barnes & Noble.  Anyway, I suggested it to my Book Club a few months ago but nobody was interested.  Then, last week, one gal e-mailed the group and suggested it again so I decided to get it - whether or not we read it for Club.  So glad I did!

The story is told in two narratives: Lisa in the past (15 years ago) and Phoebe in the present, both in rural Vermont.  15 years ago Lisa, Sam (her brother) and Evie (their cousin) spent a summer together doing the typical adolescent things until Lisa became obsessed with a Fairy King and eventually went missing.  15 years later Sam is in love with Phoebe, who is 10 years older and has an unknown connection to Lisa and the mystery behind her disappearance.  Sam and Phoebe begin to receive phone calls, messages, and visits and are thrust into a quest for the truth about what happened to Lisa 15 years ago and what her disappearance means for their future.

Wow.  Talk about being on the edge of your seat for 450 pages and literally asking out loud, What The Hell?  Who did it?  Well, you will never guess.  I didn't.  It literally took me to the last few pages to start to understand and it was a major surprise.

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