Review: Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon (Rating 3.25 Wine Glasses)

Posted May 19, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: 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

Received for review from Publisher
Overall Rating 3.25
Story Rating 3.25
Character Rating 3.50

NOTE: Don’t Breathe a Word was a very interesting twisty/turning ride. Whenever I thought I had figured out where the story was heading it would veer off in another direction. That being said, please check out this book for yourself because what didn’t work for me will definitely work for other people.

What I Loved: Jennifer McMahon has managed to create a story that is very imaginative and has many elements that just draw you into her world. The story is told from two perspectives and times, the plot device works extremely well and keeps you on your toes. Lisa and Pheobe are two mesmerizing characters that as you get to know them will pull at your heartstrings and make you want to scream/cry/cheer.

What I Liked: You are never quite sure where the author is going with the story. Is it supernatural? Is it a thriller? Is it psychological? Without knowing where it is heading, you were able as a reader to kind of pick a path that you put more faith into. That was very clever!

Complaints: The last chapter but I don’t want to spoil the book. So I will say this–people will either love it or be disappointed in it.

Why I gave it a 3.25: This book was a solid 4.5 for me until the last chapter. So let me point out again how well crafted the story was and that this story (even the end) will blow some people away. Jennifer McMahon is a very strong writer. The lower rating is due to me as a reader and the impact the final chapter had on me personally.

Who I would recommend it too: Gosh this is hard but I would probably lean towards recommending it to General Fiction and Thriller readers.

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