Don't Breathe a Word
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 doesnt fea...more
That’s what it will feel like when you read Jennifer M...more
I was intrigued by the cover and the author's summary, but I must admit it I was expecting more 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 sc...more
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 ¾ at...more
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...more
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...more
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 th...more
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 childre...more
I am a huge fan of McMahon`s work all of her novels have the same nail bitting experience as the nex...more
I read it quickly and with enjoyment but ultimately I feel no different from having read it. I would not particularly recommend it nor would I say to avoid it.
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 s...more
If you've looked into this book, then you know the premise is that Lisa disappeared 15 years ago, supposedly crossing over into the land of the fairies. The book chapters alternate between Lisa's viewpoint 15 years ago and Phoebe's viewpoint now. Phoebe has met and is in love...more
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 s...more
Don't Breathe a Word is a dark, sinister, unsettling book that makes your heart beat just a little faster. McMahon has a rather twisted mind, and it shows deeply here. Phoebe and Sam are a couple with a his...more
Don't Breathe A Word travels between the worlds of the fantastic and the skeptic, and you keep waiting with bated breath till the very last page, knowing not what to believe. Believe in the legends and myths and turn out to be an idiot, or find a rational answer to every question and turn out to be a fool. And that uncertainty claims the rapt readers.
Jennifer McMahon has woven an unnerving story: the story of a girl Lisa who disappeared (or was she taken?) fifteen...more
Overall Rating 3.25
Story Rating 3.25
Character Rating 3.50
NOTE: Don't Breathe a Word was a very interesting twisty/turning ride. Whenever I thought I had figured out where the story was heading it would veer off in another direction. That being said, please check out this book for yourself because what didn't work for me will definitely work for other people.
What I Loved: Jennifer McMahon has managed to create a story that is very imaginative and has many element...more
15 years ago, Lisa left this world to be with the King of the Fairies. 15 years later, Lisa's brother Sam and his girlfriend Phoebe receive a call that Lisa has returned from fairies. This sets off a chain of events that opens up the mystery of Lisa's disappearance. Did she truly join the fairies, or was she taken by a human with bad intentions?
This book is intense! I kept wanting to read it because I didn't know where it was going. The book alternates...more
I’m going to follow the title’s advice. To say more than a little about this novel’s plot would be to reveal its secrets. Let’s just go with the overall concept. Twenty-five-year old Sam and his girlfriend, Phoebe try to solve a missing person case from fifteen years a...more