May 162011

Don’t Breathe a Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Rating: 5/5
Source: Review copy from HarperCollins via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Lisa believes there are fairies in the woods behind their house. One summer her, her brother Sam and cousin Evie try to find them. Lisa is sure she can find and contact the King of Fairies. But then Lisa disappears. Years later, Phoebe is with Sam when he gets a call about Lisa. Their lives will be thrown into disarray figuring out what happened to Lisa.

I have one word to describe this book: creepy. It starts with the cover. That little girl is creepy enough to give me nightmares. It is an awesome cover, but I am glad I was reading an ebook copy so I didn’t have to see it all the time.

The story switches between Phoebe in the present day and Lisa during the summer she disppears. Each girl has a clearly defined voice. It is easy to follow who is narrating. Both girl’s have a solid personality, and it is easy to like both of them.

The fairies in the story are not sweet, pleasant fairy-tale creatures. They are tricky and have an evil side. This is definitely a darker type of fairy.

Overall, I found the story haunting. I couldn’t put it down until I found out the whole story. And it was impossible to guess all the twists and turns that were coming. This is one story that will stay with you long after you finish it.

  One Response to “Don’t Breathe a Word”

  1. I was just about to say the cover really creeps me out! I like evil fey stories though, much more in keeping with celtic mythology.

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