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Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel | [Jennifer McMahon]

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.
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On a soft summer night in Vermont, 12-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.

©2011 Jennifer McMahon (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 11-16-11
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2007

    jricci

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    "Kept my attention but slightly let me down...."

    It had such potential, and it WAS a good listen. I loved the narrator, she did her best to find distinct voices for the characters, never being annoying, even with the children and the men. (Often a female narrator has a hard time with male voices)

    The story was enchanting at first, really bringing you back to being a kid and believing in mysteries and fairy tales. But it went back and forth between NOW and 15 years ago and I guess I wanted the NOW to wrap up more realistically. It had some twists I didn't see coming, and I liked that and it DID open the door for a sequel. Overall, a good listen with an excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "“Think of me. Remember me. Love me.”"
    What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

    Being drawn into the story, gripping, wanting, no needing to know more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisa, for her never-ending belief and sacrifice for it.


    Which character – as performed by Lily Rains – was your favorite?

    All of them, she did well with all the variables.


    Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

    Lisa and The King of the Fairies ..Lisa for her naivety and unfaltering faith and The King for his guise and twisted reality developed at the hands of twisted fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration, Great dark story. I love the twists and the ability of this story to completely pull you in and leave you cringing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ANGELA PICKERINGTON, OH, United States 08-29-12
    ANGELA PICKERINGTON, OH, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great quick read"

    The author kept me guessing til the very end on this one. A truly engaging and enthralling read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Celia MCALLEN, TX, United States 04-16-12
    Celia MCALLEN, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Still scared to turn out the lights..."
    What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

    Just when you think you completely understand what's going on, a kink gets thrown into the plot and you start to doubt everything you know so far. It's an addicting mystery and it kept me lying on the cough listening to what was supposed to be entertainment for my commute.


    Have you listened to any of Lily Rains’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard her other performances, but she does a great job. Nothing ruins a book more than a bad narrator- Lily Rains gave all the characters their own voice, and the overall narrative a great delivery.


    Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

    Lisa, hands down. I still can't decide if there was a supernatural element to the book or not , but I do want to reach into that book and take that girl somewhere safe. Both Lisa and Evie- it's one of those stories where you start out witnessing the train wreck and spend the rest of it wanting to let everyone know what's waiting for them if they keep on.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the ending were different, the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, but the rest of the book was great, and my thoughts on the ending aren't negative enough to stop me from recommending it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Madison, WI, United States 06-13-11
    Jean Madison, WI, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2011

    Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!

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    "Scare factor just Right!!!"

    Understand this is a 1st book by the author. If so, it is especially terrific. Couldn't stop until I had finished. Perfect scary level. I hope there are many, many more to come from this writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 05-29-13
    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not her best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No-- I really enjoy Jennifer McMahon but this wasn't the best book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fairies-- least interesting


    Have you listened to any of Lily Rains’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so. It was a great performance


    Did Don't Breathe a Word inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    kate Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12
    kate Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "good, but unfinished!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending....I dont like that "left hanging" feeling at the end of a book!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer McMahon before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to, but I have read "Promise Not to Tell" and "The Island of Lost Girls" and really enjoyed them. They ended with complete and surprising explanations!


    Do you think Don't Breathe a Word needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I need to find out if Phoebe is crazy and made all this up in her head or if someone really switched her baby!


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    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-11-11
    Mary Denver, CO, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2003
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    "I loved it!"

    A great yarn, an eerie page-turner that's right on the mark. I have made the mistake of listening mainly to so-called intellectual type books -- the types often picked by book clubs (though I'm not in a book club myself). A lot of those books really are worthwhile, but I'm glad I took the plunge and got the chance to enjoy a truly fun thriller that didn't want it to end! Get this book if you like a little fright & mystery.

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    Here-and-faraway Sunny California 08-07-11
    Here-and-faraway Sunny California 08-07-11
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    "Engaging"

    This was an easy to listen to story with an engaging plot. The narrator does a solid job and the story kept me guessing and had a nice twist at the end.

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