Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Mini Opinion: Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
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.
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.
My thoughts: Although this is not my usual genre, the cover was so appealing, I decided to give it a try thinking that it was going to be more of a typical mystery/suspense story but it had all the creepy elements of a fantasy/fairy tale; not the cinderella happy-ever-after type fairy tale either.
I have to admit I was drawn in at the very beginning, suspending my disbelief in the fairy world, and getting caught up in the characters. McMahon sure knows how to impart a sense of eerie foreboding while making her characters come alive through shifting points of view and going back and forth in time. Twists and turns with no one being what they seem. The king of the fairies did warn the reader that fairies lie.Some of the elements in the book might make you want to read this story in the daylight only! *Shiver*
However, as the book was nearing the end and despite or maybe because of the many whiplash-inducing twists, my enchantment with the characters came to a screeching halt. Although most of the plot is well constructed there were some implausible and inexplicable things that just did not add up. While I was reading, I had a 3 *** rating in my head but the ending so turned me off (just too weird for me and explaining why would necessitate spoilers) that I'm giving it a 2** rating. As I said, this is not my usual reading fare and that may have had something to do with my feelings. This is just my opinion of the book but you may very well love it!
Jennifer McMahon is also the author of Dismantled, Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell.
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by SA/Harper Collins.