Book Review: Don’t Breathe a Word – Jennifer McMahon

Title: Don’t Breathe a Word
Author: Jennifer McMahon
ISBN: 9780061689376
Pages: 464
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. I’m already convinced on this one. Just need to get to it. I think I was pitched this book awhile back, but of course I was being steadfast and refused. I could kick myself.

  2. I’m already convinced on this one. Just need to get to it. I think I was pitched this book awhile back, but of course I was being steadfast and refused. I could kick myself.

  3. I won a copy of this along with a Book Girl tote bag from Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It does sound like a very good, creepy read. Those eyes on the cover are enough to creep me out!

  4. I won a copy of this along with a Book Girl tote bag from Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It does sound like a very good, creepy read. Those eyes on the cover are enough to creep me out!

  5. I just got this book the other week, and hardly knew a thing about it. Now, after reading your review, I am excited to get to it. I love a good gripping story with a strong ending, so I am looking forward to it!

  6. I just got this book the other week, and hardly knew a thing about it. Now, after reading your review, I am excited to get to it. I love a good gripping story with a strong ending, so I am looking forward to it!

  7. I was really absorbed in this book as I read it. It was my first Jennifer McMahon book and I wasn’t sure what to make it – supernatural or creepy bad people mystery? Happily, that question wasn’t answered for a long, long time. I can recommend this one as well and it caused me to go out and buy the rest of this author’s books. Seriously strange happenings in this one.

  8. I was really absorbed in this book as I read it. It was my first Jennifer McMahon book and I wasn’t sure what to make it – supernatural or creepy bad people mystery? Happily, that question wasn’t answered for a long, long time. I can recommend this one as well and it caused me to go out and buy the rest of this author’s books. Seriously strange happenings in this one.

  9. I read – Promise Not To Tell, and loved it!!! Great book. I am very interested in reading this one also. Thanks for the great review.

  10. I read – Promise Not To Tell, and loved it!!! Great book. I am very interested in reading this one also. Thanks for the great review.

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