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Don't Breathe a Word
Don't Breathe a Word
Author: Jennifer McMahon
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. Her little brother, Sam, has grown up to be a levelheaded man ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061689376
ISBN-10: 0061689378
Publication Date: 6/1/2011
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 103 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
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.
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Helpful Score: 6
I recently read the novel Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon. I have read all of her previously written books and this one does not disappoint. This novel is beautifully written and it is utterly unputdownable. The setting is rural Vermont and is about the disappearance of a 12 year old girl, Lisa, who desires to become Queen of the Faires. The story alternates between the past and the present which is 15 years after Lisa has disappeared.

In the present time, Lisa's younger brother, Sam, and his girlfriend, Phoebe, receive a phone call which leads them to acquire a book written by the King of the Faires. This book was Lisa's bible which helped her to cross over and disappear and never to be heard from again. Through help from Sam's cousin, Evie, Phoebe and Sam learn about family secrets and a promise made years ago which could change their futures dramatically.

Don't Breathe A Word takes many twists and turns and has a very unexpected ending. If you enjoy reading about family secrets and fairy lore, this is definitely a novel you should not miss reading. It will leave you "breathless" and wanting to read the rest of Jennifer McMahon's novels.
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Helpful Score: 4
Ummmm...uhhhh...hmmmm...I liked all the mystery of the storyline but for *me*, I found the ending not fulfilling. Course I am one who likes nice tidy endings...unless there is a sequel to a book.
This book sure wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. With that said, I read it in 1 day because I was intrigued. I *might* read another of her earlier books which seem to be highly rated.
Passing on to the next one, not a keeper for me.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was my first read by this author, and the story looked to be very intriguing. I just finished this book yesterday, and I can honestly say that I wish I hadn't read it.

The story started off lighter, and turned into something very ugly, and the ending was abrupt. I can say I guess it fit the story, but I felt like I had wasted my time reading this book, and definitely did not come away satified for having done so. I cannot say too much without giving any spoilers, but I woudn't recommend this book if you like a happy ending. Of any kind. No more Jennifer McMahon for me...
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Helpful Score: 1
A nice mix of fantasy and mystery that kept me interested, reading and wondering what would happen next.
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Felt it was a great book that kept me intrigued throughout the whole thing and kept me wanting to keep reading. However, maybe it's just me but I did not understand the ending which really frustrated me. I still think about what/who it was really about as I write this review. I have read one other book by this author and liked it as well, going to check out her other books.
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I was disappointed in this book. More than a third into the book and had to push myself to even finish it. I found I didn't really like any of the characters and the plot was quite convoluted. Someone else may view the story differently than I though.