Sunday, June 5, 2011

Don't Breathe A Word

Oh man. If you like freaky books with awesome endings and a story line that you keep guessing but are always wrong... you need to read this book.

Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel
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.

Now... I know if you aren't into the paranormal thing that you might put this book down thinking it's too weird and you wouldn't like it. But I'm here to tell you that you are not only wrong but that this book is amazing. I've read and reviewed other books (here and here) by Jennifer McMahon and I seriously cannot get enough. The cover art of her books is creepy and the story lines are always full of dramatic twists and turns and nothing is ever as it seems. Jennifer captures the mind of a crazy person so effectively you wonder if she herself is maybe a little crazy.

I will say that I've read other books that had story lines involving fairies and humans so I was glad that it followed what I already "know" about them. I always struggle when I read something that could be classified as paranormal and the being is so different from every other book, it looses a little credibility. But I really enjoyed this story mostly because you could sympathize with all of the characters and in the end I looked at it like a family tragedy far worse than it started out with. It kind of highlights that what other people see from the outside is so far different from what is really true on the inside. If that makes sense?
I had a hard time putting this book down and the last few pages had me yelling at Sam to listen to Phoebe. But the way the ending is done... is just fantastic. You read and read and are confident that the book will end one way but at the very last minute... Jennifer changes the entire story and ends it differently than you expect. It's perfect, it's haunting, and it makes you want to pick up another book of hers. And I have. I cannot get enough of her, she has such a perfect way of telling a story that sucks you right in.

I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you start looking her up and devouring what you find of hers. Her books are probably some of my favorite reads of this year hands down. You can go HERE to see what other tour hosts had to say and check out her website HERE.


Unknown said...

Wow, you must really like this book! Okay I'll give it a try :-)

Anonymous said...

oooo I love freaky weird paranormal'ish books! This is definitely going on my list!

Anonymous said...

I got a copy of this while I was at BEA last month and you've got me wanting to read it RIGHT NOW!

ARief said...

i like your story.. :)

Dana said...

I'll have to check this out based on your recommendation.