Author: Jennifer McMahon
Published: HarperCollins, 1 June 2011
Summary: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I wasn’t so fond of the prologue of Don’t Breathe a Word, but I decided to persevere and actually get to the main story which was much better.
After the prologue, Don’t Breathe a Word became really creepy and mysterious, I was absolutely engrossed in the story because things were happening and I just had to know what was going on. Unfortunately my interest got a little lost somewhere. What started off being really mysterious and interesting with that little bit of creepiness ended up, to me, going a little over the top and just had too many secrets and not enough revelation.
I started to get bored and irritated because there were just more and more questions opening up and I felt like I would never get any answers.
I kept going, and I have to say that it did get better and I was really interested again. Unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. The ending wasn’t one that I particularly enjoyed to be honest. To me it felt a little like the author had gotten so far with the story and then wasn’t sure how the ending should be. I just found the ending to be really disappointing.
So, overall, I had a roller coaster ride of love and hate with this book. It evened itself out a little so that my overall feeling about Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon was an average read for me.
I didn’t like that I didn’t know which direction this book was going to take. I just felt like it had too much going on at once so I couldn’t get the full picture. I think that my main issue with the book was that it contained parts related to the fairy world as well as the real world and I’m not really a fan of books that incorporate both so heavily.
I did like the cover, the girl’s stare is so piercing and so creepy. I also liked some of the parts of the book. As for characters, I really liked Sam. There was just something about Sam that I really liked and I thought that he was just so realistic and relatable in some ways.
I felt that Don’t Breathe a Word was a mixture of good and bad. It wasn’t really my cup of tea but it wasn’t the worst book I’d ever read either. I think that if you like fairy lore mixed in with the real world to the point where it is heavier on the real world aspects then I think you’ll really enjoy Don’t Breathe a Word. It has a good mystery element so anyone who loves a good mystery will probably be intrigued by this one. Needless to say, I’m intrigued by Jennifer McMahon’s writing and I think I’ll give another one of her books a go.