Don't judge a book by its cover.

Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel - Jennifer McMahon



First, I need to say that I bought this as an e-book months ago and just got around to reading it now. So, instead of looking up the book and finding out what it was about, I just looked at the cover. I've done this before and sometimes it works out great and sometimes not so great.


In this case, let's just say that I guessed completely wrong. On the cover, the book is described as a "haunting page-turner that kept me up, spine shivering..." So, I expected a scary or thrilling book. I think the problem I had with the book was the fairies. I didn't expect the book to include fairies. Andhere were times when I wasn't sure if the fairies were supposed to be real or not. I guess trying to figure that out was part of the suspense of the book. But I just didn't buy into it.


The author did a great job of tying the characters together from the three different times: the time before Lisa was abducted, the time (15 years ago) when Phoebe first found out about the abduction and the present day when Phoebe is a grown woman living with her boyfriend. The twists and turns are interesting and kept me guessing until the end. But I can't say that I was ever on the edge of my seat. In the end, the author does wrap up all the loose ends nicely. 

[/spoiler]I will say that I'm still not certain whether the fairies are real or the characters are just crazy or brainwashed into seeing clues to things that aren't really there. Or maybe it's a combination of both. The end of the book sort of hints that maybe the King of the Fairies is real and maybe he has taken Sam's firstborn child. Or maybe Phoebe really is crazy. 


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If you are looking for a book about fairies or a book about mysterious happenings, you might want to give this book a try. But, if you are looking for a haunting page-turner, well there are better options. Perfect example of don't judge a book by it's cover. And proof that you can't always trust reviewers.    ;)