Don't Breathe a Word

Don't Breathe a Word By JenniferMcMahon, Don t Breathe a Word On a soft summer night in Vermont year old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again Before she disappeared she told her little brother Sam about a door that led to a m
  • Title: Don't Breathe a Word
  • Author: JenniferMcMahon
  • ISBN: 9780061689376
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Don't Breathe a Word By JenniferMcMahon, On a soft summer night in Vermont, 12 year old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn t fear theOn a soft summer night in Vermont, 12 year old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn t fear the dark and doesn t have bad dreams who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam s hardheaded, realistic view of the world As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed a promise that could destroy them all.
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    1. JenniferMcMahon

      I m the author of seven suspense novels, including Promise Not to Telll, The Winter People, and most recently, The Night Sister I live in central Vermont with my partner and daughter, in an old Victorian that some neighbors call The Addams Family house.

    737 thoughts on “Don't Breathe a Word”

    1. from my book blog Uuuuugughghghghhghg I was SO disappointed by this book Reviewing Sharp Objects a few days ago put me in the mood for a good, creepy book, and I thought this was going to be exactly what I needed Just look at the plot description Family secrets and fairy lore create a shifting reality in McMahon s unsettling novel about the disappearance of a 12 year old girl who longed to become Queen of the Fairies Fifteen years after Lisa goes missing, her younger brother, Sam, gets a strange [...]


    2. Take a moment and stare at the cover Really, just look at it for a few seconds It s a bit unnerving, isn t it This little child with wide eyes seems to be staring into your soul, seems to be silently daring you to reveal secrets you ve kept for years Do you suddenly feel the need to look away Maybe you re wondering why her face seems to show a mixture of despondency and maybe a bit of fear in the midst of inquisitiveness and uncertainty.That s what it will feel like when you read Jennifer McMaho [...]


    3. This premise sounded intriguing enough I love it when fantasy crosses over into reality and you re never sure if the truth is really magic or something so disturbingly human You re never sure which you d prefer Don t Breathe a Word does that exactly p.s I hate that title For the first two thirds of the book you re sure its fantasy and that this somewhat malevolent take on fairies is the explanation to it all And then secrets are unraveled and what the blurg, there s a practical explanation for e [...]


    4. Yay I love winning books Thank you Okay first off The summary of this book does not even begin to prepare you for the weird ass, beyond twisted little journey that the author takes you on I spent the majority of this book so mixed up with trying to determine exactly what the hell was going on Bottom line This book was one big Yep That s me Reading this book In utter confusion.Now that s not to say that this was bad of course I really enjoyed reading this The first at least The author clearly kno [...]


    5. Is it just me, or was this book ridiculously poorly written I felt like I was reading a book written for fifth graders Choppy writing, nonexistent characterization, clumsy dialogue, children who didn t sound or act their age all there was was plot, basically, and even that was convoluted and confusing Lisa, older sister to Sam, disappeared at the age of twelve either to a supernatural world or as a victim of a sordid kidnapping Fifteen years later, adult Sam s strangely dimwitted girlfriend Phoe [...]


    6. Captivating Slightly creepy Very different from what I expected after reading the publisher description Spooked me in a way I haven t been from reading a book Its like when you re a child and you run up the stairs, not looking behind you, because you re unsure if the boogeyman is really back there or not.The ending was surprising It was obvious that there two major ways the story could go I was so drawn in to the story and characters and all the imaginative ideas and tales from the children of t [...]


    7. Well, that wast very good Poorly written There were a few parts that were legitimately creepy But The book was all telling instead of showing Every few chapters, the whole story would stop so the author could lay out some new character s backstory and personality in a perfunctory info dump Lazy, sloppy, and boring writing.The main characters not only didn t react to anything the way actual people would, but whenever they learned important plot points and clues, they got amnesia over them until f [...]



    8. Don t Breathe a Word started off as a well written and creepy tale Somewhere along the way the characters never became fully developed, and the crazy events spiraled a little out of control The bestest book ever No Totally engrossing and entertaining Oh yeah This book reminded me of a really good Lifetime movie But I gotta confess I love Lifetime movies the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones So this fluff infused eerie and suspenseful novel is the perfect brain candy for me Liked it and a [...]


    9. If you have read this book all the way to the end, you know the truth We are here, walking among you We are stronger, faster, smarter We walk with silent footsteps We can see into your dreams.And we lie.Always remember that we lie.I have never been much interested in fairy stories and judging by my GR buddies books, there are A LOT of them out there So some reason stories of the Seelie Court, or half fairy chosen ones, or fairies secreting away the special main character for some greater destiny [...]


    10. But if people believe in them so strongly, doesn t that give them power, power maybe than even the truth This is my second book by this author, I thought I enjoyed the first one so much because it was an audio, but no, it seems I just like her writing style One of the best things about this book is that it is very difficult to categorize it could be fantasy or thriller, depending on how you interpret the story It had me hooked throughout because the author almost questions the validity of the f [...]


    11. Spoilers I chose to read this book because the cover caught my eye, a friend had read it, and it got a lot of good reviews It was difficult for me to get into it, though, simply because of the premise I mean, seriously, who ever heard of evil, murderous fairies Everyone knows fairies are supposed to be good Like the fairy godmother who gave Cinderella everything she needed to go to the ball And the Tooth Fairy And let s not forget the Fairly Oddparents The very few times I was able to see past t [...]


    12. I wasn t familiar with this author so I had no preconceptions if the final reveal of this mystery was possibly supernatural or not The first two thirds were pretty good fast paced, atmospheric, fairly spooky, decent character development Three children Lisa, her brother Sam and their cousin Evie play in the woods in the ruins of a deserted village and the two girls become obsessed with the idea of fairies living there and contacting them Sam doesn t buy in Lisa disappears one night after telling [...]


    13. Second creepy book of this weekend the third one is The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain, though creepy in a different way It draws you in and keeps you in suspense for a good many pages and ufortunately I finished it I so wish I didn t What I liked about it at first was the class difference, so rarely touched on in the books I read, between the two protagonists, Phoebe and Sam, and the mystery of the disappearence of Sam s sister Lisa 15 years earlier Lisa went off to the woods to join the far [...]


    14. First part of this book was outstanding Second part not so much.I was disappointed in how the story turned and went into kind of an obvious direction Still an okay read though.


    15. From the best selling author of Promise Not to Tell and Harper Collins Publishers of New York city, comes a thrilling page turner that pushes the limits of this world and that of fantasy, written by Jennifer McMahon.Starting with the first chapter, the protagonist, a young woman named Phoebe proves to be unlike other girls her age, showing characteristics fostered by her absent father and alcoholic mother Promiscuous at a very young age, the teenage Phoebe seems to have grown up far too quickly. [...]


    16. As many problems as this book has, its biggest is this one it is addicting I could not put it down.Whatever Jennifer McMahon hoped to accomplish with writing this extremely bizarre book, she certainly succeeded in the suspense department I haven t been so hooked on a book since The Da Vinci Code However, that does not by ANY means mean this book was good I mean, look at the cover Look at the title Look at the premise It s stupid There is no way anything like this could possibly not be stupid On [...]


    17. I really don t know what to say Never has a story left me so unsettled.Do I believe in fairies No.Am I now worried that there s a hidden trapdoor underneath my bed Absolutely This is not your average fairy tale that inspires sweet dreams This is a psychological thriller that is likely to give you nightmares I don t believe in magic, she said You will.


    18. Weird and weird It involves a kidnapping, a family with some serious issues slowly coming to light, and possibly the unnatural The question is was the girl kidnapped or taken by fairies It continually bounces back and forth between making you think it s a realistic book with a creep who has the kids convinced he s the king of fairies, and a fantasy book set in a realistic world that does cross over with the world of magic I m of two minds on this book It definitely kept me riveted, to see what r [...]


    19. Another Goodread s giveaway win Thank you I was intrigued by the cover and the author s summary, but I must admit it I was expecting of a fairy version of Chronicles of Narnia That, this is definitely not, but I wasn t disappointed I got hooked quickly into the mythical and creepy story For most of the book I had planned to give it a 4 star review It was so different and capitivating I didnt want to put it down, well, atleast not until it was dark outside and then it got a little scary for a su [...]


    20. I read this as an antidote to Maggie Stiefvater s works, and boy howdy is it ever an opposite sort of work Nothing twee here Nothing simple As with all the other authors whom I ve never read before, I m going to reserve judgement on whether I like McMahon s work as a whole, but Don t Breathe A Word certainly refreshed me after Shiver and Lament Also, made me nervous in the night about shadows behind the closet door and noises under the bedbut no, I ll make you read the book too No sense just one [...]


    21. My friends and I call this The Creepy Girl Book , which I love When you walk past this book while reading it, you instinctively want to turn the cover face down because it s sowell, creepy Honestly, I was uncertain about how to rate this book There were so many twists and turns that it was difficult to keep it all straight and I m still not sure I know exactly what happened, but I think that s how the book is intended I don t read fantasy and when I was reading this book, I was back and forth Is [...]


    22. I fell into this book and devoured the first two thirds in mere hours, even though the writing left something to be desired both stylistically and structurally And then I hit a wall that made me not care what happened Unfortunately, that wall came right as the resolution or explanation started I felt the intrigue it held drain out of me and I left it unfinished It felt like the author was losing steam and that she had a tight grasp on where she wanted things to go until she got to the point of s [...]


    23. From On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve year old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn t fear the dark and doesn t have bad dreams who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own But suddenly the couple is faced with a s [...]


    24. It s a sheer pleasure to review this exciting new book kindly provided by Netgalley Reading the publishers blurb might lull you into thinking this is a teen fantasy fairy romance well think again, this is no cozy bedtime tale.What it is however, is a thrilling, tense, psychological chiller abounding with rollercoaster twists and turns It grips you by the throat with sharp pointy little teeth and shakes you until you want to scream The storyline zips back and forth between the present day where P [...]


    25. Fear the faeries Seriously I ve been reading McMahon out of order, but with a dedication of a fan and a passion of a completist And so, I ve finally read this one and it definitely did not disappoint McMahon is one of those authors that have impressively crossed over from the considerably lucrative mystery genre into the realm of a much niche literary horror This is the book that really shows where and how that happened On a fence, half and half, this is an irresistible and unputdownable blend [...]


    26. If you like thrill and chills, give Don t Breathe a Word a try.I can t remember the last time I read a book that creeped me out, but this book remedied that quickly enough In a good way.The people we meet come across as very ordinary but quickly their reality will shift into one filled with mysteries and secrecy that will leave you anticipating their next move Phoebe and Sam s lives are disrupted when Sam s past returns in the form of Lisa, the sister who went missing fifteen years ago How is th [...]


    27. I wasn t sure I would enjoy a book about fairies supposedly in the real world for the first few chapters, but I persevered as part of a book club read The I read, the drawn into the story I was and I began to enjoy the little twists and the turns and the mysterious happenings in the past and the present It isn t particularly scary but it does has a hint of suspense in it As the plot began to unravel in the last third of the book and everyone s lying and everyone s got a secret, it starts to be [...]


    28. This is Jennifer McMahon s fourth literary thriller, and I think it is her best All involve women uncovering the secrets of a past crime, but for me this one has the best combination between past and present I read the entire 445 page book in two days, and would have read it faster if I didn t value my sleep The resolution of the mystery might be a little too much for some people, but I found it to be a rewarding as in, it made sense with the rest of the book and was not something i completely f [...]


    29. This the author s fourth book, but the first I have read of hers It is described as interweaving family secrets, dark loves, and the allure and fear of the supernatural I m not necessarily a big believer in all things supernatural but I m certainly open minded and as it sounded quite dark and mysterious it appealed to me.One night 12 year old Lisa goes into the woods behind her Vermont home and disappears She has told her brother Sam that she has met the King of the Fairies, and that he is going [...]


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