Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review: Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

Goodreads: 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 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.

Kritters Thoughts: What a twisted, crazy weird story. The synopsis reeled me in hoping for a story about a girl that goes missing and her brother who is finding clues 15 years later. This may have ben the underlying premise of the story, but the inclusion of a weird fairy story that has been passed down from former generations made for a weird book that I couldn't put down. I flipped page to page to find out how the story all fit together, but I was definitely disappointed by the inclusion of this weird underlying story of a fairy land.

Short and sweet this time - a good book in the mystery aspect, but I definitely did not enjoy all the fairy talk. I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy the supernatural and the mystery.

Rating:enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Pages: 464

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  1. +JMJ+

    So the fairyland is real? From the synopsis, I thought the book was a borderline Psychological Thriller about a girl who is kidnapped. I wouldn't have expected the supernatural element just from the synopsis and the cover.

    (Am I the only one who thinks the model looks like a younger, fairer Christina Ricci?)

  2. Good review! I was on the fence about this one... I thought maybe it was more a creepy, thriller type book, but I don't know if I'd really like all the fairy-speak, supernatural elements.


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