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
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.
The ending was a let down. Not necessarily because it wasn't a neat tidy happy ending but in the end, but circumstances didn't unfold to solve the book - it was explained in way too much narrative. I would have liked to see a better, well put together ending.
Yes, I liked many elements of the story.
By far, not the worst I have heard, but i find it extremely distracting and irritating when narrators try to do voices.
No - too scary! Ha.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Being drawn into the story, gripping, wanting, no needing to know more.
Lisa, for her never-ending belief and sacrifice for it.
All of them, she did well with all the variables.
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.
Good narration, Great dark story. I love the twists and the ability of this story to completely pull you in and leave you cringing.
No-- I really enjoy Jennifer McMahon but this wasn't the best book.
The fairies-- least interesting
I don't think so. It was a great performance
The author kept me guessing til the very end on this one. A truly engaging and enthralling read!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
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.
This book started out a bit slow for me, but really went into gear and once there, had a slow burn. I really like the main character - though the ending was sad.
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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