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Publisher's Summary

A woman's past and present collide with unexpected results in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel set in rural Vermont.

Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered–a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del–shunned and derided by classmates as "Potato Girl" –was brutally slain. Del's killer was never found, while the victim has since achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now, as this new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying, unexpected ways. Because nothing is quite what it seems . . . and the grim specters of her youth are far from forgotten.

More than just a murder mystery, Jennifer McMahon's extraordinary debut novel, Promise Not to Tell, is a story of friendship and family, devotion and betrayal–tautly written, deeply insightful, beautifully evocative, and utterly unforgettable.

©2016 Jennifer McMahon (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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very so so

I have read all of her books up to this point, with my favorite being The Winter People. I was pretty disappointed in this one.....the story was not what I would consider a thriller or horror or mystery. The ending was really obvious and I hated that I knew who the murderer was before it was revealed. Characters were not particularly likeable or hateable....very one dimensional....just kind of there. I also missed a lot of her typical Vermont charm that appears in her other books, this story could have taken place anywhere and none of us would have known the difference. Probably the only redeeming thing about this book was the use of multiple narrators, but still, very blah story.

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Rubbish

With a plot as transparent as a ghost there is not much here to keep the listener engaged, unless of course you are a teenaged girl... In which case, proceed. If not, leave it in the store.

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Promise not to tell

I did not enjoy this book at all.
I found the story endlessly boring and would not recommend it.

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Not hip on ghost stories

The story was written fine, I just don't dig ghost stories so much.
The lead narrator was very breathy, over dramatic and unnatural, hard to listen to. The other 2 narrators were good.

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Good one

Good one. Think you'll enjoy this one . Recommend you give this one a try.

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Great story

The narrator was awful. ..too stiff sounding and very uncomfortable sounding. Loved the story though.