Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following the first rule of their manifesto - "To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart" - these daring misfits spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods committing acts of meaningful vandalism and plotting elaborate, often dangerous, pranks. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz's death and the others decide to cover it up.
Nearly a decade later, Henry and Tess are living just an hour's drive from the old cabin. Each is desperate to move on from the summer of the Dismantlers, but their guilt isn't ready to let them go. When a victim of their past pranks commits suicide - apparently triggered by a mysterious Dismantler-style postcard - it sets off a chain of eerie events that threatens to engulf Henry, Tess, and their inquisitive nine-year-old daughter, Emma.
Is there someone who wants to reveal their secrets? Is it possible that Suz did not really die - or has she somehow found a way back to seek revenge?
Full of white-knuckle tension with deeply human characters caught in circumstances beyond their control, Jennifer McMahon's gripping story and spine-tingling plot prove that she is a master at weaving the fear of the supernatural with the stark realities of life.
©2009 Jennifer McMahon (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"In her third, elegantly spooky mystery revolving around the vulnerability of a young girl and a haunting past, McMahon fashions a fresh and entrancing ghost-in-the-woods tale replete with startling psychoses, delectable Hitchcockian motifs, and dangerous attractions." (Booklist)
"McMahon's gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills." (People)
The story was definitely interesting - a combination of mystery, thriller and ghost story - but Elisabeth Rodgers' narration really ruined my enjoyment of it. She seems to have very little concept of natural speech and tone and had a tendency to make everyone sound strange and angry, even when it wasn't appropriate. Her interpretation of Bill Lundgren was cringeworthy at the best of times. It was just bad all around. I think it's a good book that is probably best enjoyed in hard copy.
I have read all of Jennifer McMahon's books. The thing I've loved about all of them except Dismantled is my connection to the characters. I have felt really invested in all characters in her previous books...until this one. None of these characters have any redeeming qualities. I hated all of them, including the children in the book.
Selfish, overly inflated egotistical jerks who think they are enlightened but are just really immature.
Cannot recommend this book at all.
Emma the little girl
A bit too stiff and stuffy
Not nearly as good as Jennifer's other books.
This story moved a little slower than the other stories but it was worth it. I felt so sorry for the little girl in the story as her parents were so wrapped up in their own sad lives they did not see what was happening to their own daughter. This was a great psychological story! The end left me wanting to message the author on Facebook (I STILL MIGHT) and ask her a dozen questions about the ending, just for my personal curiosity. The ending was BRILLIANT! I never saw it coming and that is great!! I am running out of books by this author to listen to. That saddens me! I love her writing style!!
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This is just plain D U M B!!! How did an editor allow this!
It is less than not worth reading; I really am owed something for sitting through this.
The characters are so unreal and inconsistent it is literally funny.
Several events and descriptions were such nonsense it was literally funny.
When the story was not predictable, it was so unrealistic, it was literally funny.
The book was so often unintentionally funny that it wasn???t funny ??? it was sad.
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