by Jennifer McMahon
Harper – May 2011
464 pages; $14.99
New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon’s (Island of Lost Girls, Promise Not to Tell) new novel can best be described as a suspenseful thriller complete with a psychotic fairy tale and a heart pounding ending.
The story begins with the disappearance of twelve-year-old Lisa Nazzaro fifteen years ago. A girl who has become obsessed with the remains of the long-deserted Vermont town of Reliance. Little remains of the town save for some foundations and a cemetery, yet it is the subject of many stories and local folklore. Spending much time at Reliance, Lisa starts to mention that the place is home to fairies and soon the fairies become a central theme to Lisa’s life. Giving and receiving gifts from the fairies and trying to convince her older brother and cousin of the fact that the fairies are indeed real and not some story she’s making up.
One night, in an attempt to communicate with the fairies, Lisa leaves home to venture to Reliance only this time she doesn’t return. Fifteen years pass and Lisa’s older brother Sam is now in a relationship with a woman named Phoebe. When Sam’s cousin resurfaces after many years of being estranged Sam and Phoebe find themselves thrust into the world of fairies once again, along with a new fervent search for Lisa. This development takes the reader on a fast, gripping journey into what is a thrilling, sometimes dark, and definitely emotionally engaging story.
McMahon does a wonderful job at creating a character that is beautifully naïve and appropriately innocent in Lisa. Her writing style, along with the book’s structure, keeps the action fast paced and the reader wanting more. Don’t Breathe A Word is a haunted thrill ride masquerading in part as a fairy tale.
Suspense fans will find this book hard to put down. For more information on Don’t Breathe A Word please visit the publisher’s website at: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Dont-Breathe-a-Word-Jennifer-McMahon?isbn=9780061689376&HCHP=TB_Don+t+Breathe+a+Word