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Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel (edição 2011)

por Jennifer McMahon

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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 who is still convinced that Lisa was abducted by a predator. When his girlfriend, Phoebe, receives a phone call from a frightened woman claiming to be Lisa, the two are seriously spooked and set out to discover the true identity of the mystery caller and what really occurred 15 years ago.… (mais)
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Título:Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel
Autores:Jennifer McMahon
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2011), Editie: Original, Paperback, 464 pagina's
Colecções:A sua biblioteca, Gelezen EN, E-books
Avaliação:***1/2
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This was one heck of a creepy yet suspenseful story. Usually if I am not interested in the story within the first 50-100 pages, I won't finish it. This one started out slow, and somewhere in that page range, I was hooked. The story jumps back and forth over two summers, one at present day, the other fifteen years prior. The early one, a girl became missing: this girl was the sister and cousin of two of the characters.

I'm not going to go into detail, but that earlier summer, the sister, brother and cousin, were all mixed up in a make-believe of there being fairies. Up to the point when the girl comes up missing. Throughout the back and forth from that early summer and present day, the story goes flippin' weird. By the time I got to the last chapter, I had no idea what to think, except that this was a pretty creepy, ugly story, and certainly did not seem to have anything to do with the fantasy and fairies. Then I read that last chapter, and was like .... yeah.

Kudos to the author. I read the book in about two days because I couldn't put it down. Four stars ... only because the creep factor was too high. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
I love reading a favorite author's backlist and those older books are just as good as their newer releases. However, (and please do picture me on my knees with arms stretched toward the heavens, screaming this with deepest despair) why, dear author, why?!!

That ending!!

My poor heart had to spend a few days in recovery after that final twist.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, for me, McMahon writes childhood / adolescent experiences like nobody else in the thriller / horror genre... except maybe early Stephen King. She just plain gets kids/ tweens/ teens.

If you enjoyed Don't Breathe a Word, I highly recommend You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce. Be warned, though, the latter delves to even darker depths than the former. ( )
  flying_monkeys | Dec 17, 2020 |
Fifteen years ago, Sam's brother Lisa disappeared. She went to meet the fairies in the woods by their house, and she never came back. Now grown up, Sam dismisses her childhood talk about fairies and magic; quite convinced that whoever took his sister was very human, and whatever reason they had, it was nothing but sinister.

But one day, his girlfriend recieves a call from a little girl, her voice urgent and seemingly terrified, who tells Sam to look in the attic. When they do, they find the Book of Fairies that used to belong Lisa and went missing at the same time as her. Not long after, Sam's cousin suddenly contacts him and claims to have new information about Lisa's disappearance. Little do they know, it's the start of a search for answers that will turn out to be more sinister than they'd ever imagined.

I remember seeing this book being recommended back in high school, I remember a poster with a review of it hanging in the school library, right next to the table we claimed as often as possible, and I remember promising myself to read it before I graduated. Alas, I did not. But when I found it at the local library, I knew it was more than time to finally do it. And boy, am I glad I finally read it, even if I'm also almost just as sad I didn't read it sooner.

It's such a thrilling mix of realism and fantasy as well as the fairy tale a childhood can be while also showing just how sinister that very same world can be. It's an uncomfortable read, not completely in a way that is bothersome but often in a way that had my heart beat a little faster, and made me feel jittery enough to glance behind me... just in case, you know, in a way that not even The Exorcist managed to do. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Where do I begin? I started this book on Friday evening. Even with some fairly major home improvement projects going on over the weekend I finished it this morning (Monday). It was one I had to force myself to put down. Last night I literally forced myself to put it down and went to bed 3 hours later than usual. (Yes I am exhausted this morning.) I just wanted to KNOW! Every time you think you have it figured out there's another twist that puts you back in the dark again. It was fantastic!...until the end. This was a five star book, until the last page. I'm just not one for the cliffhanger ending, not even in a series. I want it all wrapped up with a bow and a smile and a "happily ever after". So, it loses a star for me there. Otherwise it was wonderful, I absolutely loved it. What an adventure!

I have to warn you, just in case. If you can't handle:

Swearing
Sex
Some not so nice things happening to kids

...this is NOT a book for you. Actually, if you can just make it through the first few pages the sex part is over, basically. I get why it's there, but the first few pages do feel a little incongruous with the rest of the book. Never mind that. I TOTALLY recommend this book! ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
Fifteen years ago 12 year-old Lisa went into the woods looking for faeries and never came back. Since then, her brother Sam has found the love of his life and moved on, until one day they receive a call from Lisa saying that she's returned and will be seeing them soon. Then there are other bizarre occurrences that cause them to question their own sanity. Either the world of faerie is real, or someone is playing a mind-bogglingly elaborate hoax upon them for unfathomable reasons.

In all four of McMahon's books I've read so far, there's an ambiguous element of the supernatural, sometimes real, sometimes not. Sometimes you don't know for sure until the very last page. There are also long-buried family secrets, which are gradually revealed in alternating chapters focusing on the past and present.

I didn't love this book as much as I did the first three. The unfolding plot is really convoluted, and a little confusing, and I'm not sure it holds together completely. It's kind of borderline. It's also more domestic than I like (I prefer single, unattached protagonists.) But I still enjoyed it and, like McMahon's other novels, it kept me turning the pages to find out what was really going on. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
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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 who is still convinced that Lisa was abducted by a predator. When his girlfriend, Phoebe, receives a phone call from a frightened woman claiming to be Lisa, the two are seriously spooked and set out to discover the true identity of the mystery caller and what really occurred 15 years ago.

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