Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's a sheer pleasure to review this exciting new book kindly provided by Netgalley
QUOTE: 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.
Reading the publishers blurb might lull you into thinking this is a teen fantasy fairy romance - well think again, this is no cozy bedtime tale.
What it is however, is a thrilling, tense, psychological chiller abounding with rollercoaster twists and turns. It grips you by the throat with sharp pointy little teeth and shakes you until you want to scream!
The storyline zips back and forth between the present day where Pheobe and her husband Sam are settling nicely into middle aged married life together and events in their childhoods 15 years earlier where dreadful catastrophes affected them and their families.
Dark family tragedies happened in Sams childhood and in Pheobes too, hardly surprising then, that Sams young sister Lisa wants to believe in the fairies who live at the bottom of the woods.
Then Lisa disappears without trace and the youngsters memories of events are intertwined with fairy stories and a dark mysterious shadow man calling himself Teilo king of the fairies.
However when childhood events begin to have repercussions in the present day the adult Sam and Pheobe are forced to consider whether dark folk tales and the land of fairie might hold the answers, or whether someone wishes them ill and wonder who they can trust.
With multiple twists and turns, lies and promises and secrets reappearing to haunt the couple, never knowing who to trust, sometimes wondering if the Grimmest of fairy tales can come true.
You will begin to wonder if the slight movement you sometimes catch in the corner of your eye is an evil fairy creature and whether childhood nightmares about the bogeyman under the bed aren't so childish after all.
I think this book should appeal to anyone who can suspend a little supernatural disbelief and who enjoys psychological thrillers like
These Things Hidden
I'll certainly be searching out the authors backlist to read.
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