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Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
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Jul 05, 11

Read in June, 2011

Do you believe in fairies? Well, don’t clap your hands because you don’t want these fairies proliferating! Fifteen years ago twelve year old Lisa O’Toole told her little brother Sammy she was going with the King of the Fairies to be his Queen. That was the last anyone heard from her – until a decade and a half later when Sam gets a call in the middle of the night saying Lisa is back from the Land of the Fairies and wants to meet with him.

Sam has never been able to shake the events of the night she went away. He, Lisa and their cousin Evie had spent many hours in the woods behind their house, in what was left of a town called Reliance, a town that had completely disappeared overnight leaving only a single newborn child – their grandfather. That legacy has followed Sam and clings to him like a web. He’s tried to move on, and finally believes that with the help of his girlfriend, Phoebe, he might find happiness. But Phoebe has secrets of her own, haunted by a troubled childhood and memories of a Shadowman who lived under her bed, Phoebe is desperate to reveal the truth and carve a good life for her and Sam. But when she finally comes face to face with Lisa she can’t help but feel that there are some things you can never put behind you.

This is a pulse pounding book that I could barely put down. McMahon has combined supernatural elements with real suspense, creating a story that twists and turns and makes you think you know where it’s going when you really haven’t got a clue. It bounces back and forth between the summer when Lisa disappears and the present day, and as each chapter unfolds you get drawn deeper and deeper into this creepy, chilling and strange little tale.
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