Title: Don’t Breathe a Word
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Rating: 4 out of 5
Phoebe has been dating Sam for a long time, and while they are happy, she knows there are some places in him she will likely never touch. Sam’s sister Lisa disappeared when she was twelve years old, and even now, Sam refuses to talk about what happened. But when Phoebe receives a mysterious phone call that tells her where a book is hidden, one that they had assumed disappeared with Lisa, a chain of events begins to unfold that has Sam and Phoebe questioning what they really believe.
Jennifer McMahon is one of those authors who is amazing at building suspense and writing incredibly creepy novels, and happily, Don’t Breathe a Word is no exception. From the beginning it is clear that there is more going on under the surface than meets the eye. When Lisa was twelve, she disappeared in order to become the Queen of the Fairies, mate to Teilo, the king. Though everyone outwardly agrees that this is ridiculous and there are no such things as fairies, privately, it’s clear that no one is sure what to think.
Phoebe is an endearing character from the beginning of the novel. It’s clear that her mother’s suicide has left her lost. The mysterious nature of Phoebe’s mother’s death makes Phoebe more willing to believe in what is going on around her; she can’t discount the idea that Teilo may actually exist. The more warped events around her become, the more scared Phoebe feels, and the more apprehensive the reader gets. Because Phoebe is an outsider in Lisa’s disappearance, her feelings often mirror that of the reader.
McMahon takes the reader on twists and turns before finally presenting the shocking conclusion. This is a gripping book, though I admit the modern-day mind bending captivated me much more than the flashbacks to the weeks before Lisa disappeared. Don’t Breathe a Word is a fascinating novel, and though it could be difficult to follow at times, I highly recommend it for those in the mood for a creepy, twisty read. You won’t be disappointed.