Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It takes quite a bit to freak me out and get under my skin. Authors are rarely able to put me in a place of discomfort but Jennifer McMahon had me there from the moment that I opened the book. First of all - the cover which is VERY unnerving. That little girl is intense! It is difficult to look into her eyes for very long. Second, the intrigue and suspense begins on page 1 and does not lay off until the final word of the novel. The hair on the back of my neck was up SEVERAL times during this book. It's just very creepy in places, making you feel like something very dangerous is coming your way. Yet, I could not put it down, even if I had wanted to!
This novel is a bit difficult to categorize for me ... suspense, mystery, paranormal, psychological thriller! It's all in this book. And, best of all, its all done well. Jennifer McMahon really pulled all of these pieces together beautifully. It never felt heavy handed or unbelievable. The twists and turns are handled expertly by McMahon who kept me guessing throughout the novel, giving me enough information to keep me interested but never enough to allow me to solve anything definitively!
This book stayed with me, even after I put it down. I kept thinking back through the story and trying to determine what was truly going on. Then, I would rush to pick it up again so I that I could fall back into the world that McMahon creates in order to get more information to help me determine what was going on. Very compelling and interesting read, particularly for those who enjoy a novel that intertwines the real and the paranormal. This is one that I definitely recommend!
This book will be released by the publisher on May 17, 2011.
NOTE: I received the galley proof of this novel from Harper Collins for review consideration.
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