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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,507 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer McMahon Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061940071
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“An eerie and gripping tale of suspense….A triumph.”
Boston Globe

 

The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled—a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, “One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense” (Los Angeles Times online). Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing, calls Dismantled, “A fun, twisty thriller. Expect comparisons to The Secret History.” Readers of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones will not be able to shake this breathtaking tale of the dark consequences of a group of college friends’ belief that all things—and people—must be taken apart to be truly understood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.”

    People

  • “Outstanding…McMahon allows the inexorable sense of dread to build incrementally.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Elegantly spooky…McMahon fashions a fresh and entrancing ghost-in-the-woods tale replete with startling psychoses, delectable Hitchcockian motifs, and dangerous attractions.”

    Booklist

  • “A disturbing, darkly hypnotic novel…McMahon’s deftly creepy prose creates a world of chaos and abuse; the book brims with unexpected and often startling plot twists, taking the reader on a strange journey that never disappoints…Beautifully written and extraordinarily imaginative.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/16/2014

    " Twisty, turvy, haunting, dark, secretive. Perfect stormy night read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't think I would like this book at first, but it grew on me. Some of it was a bit far fetched.....I felt so bad for the little girl in the story.....she seemed so lost. The adults were interesting to see how the effect guilt has on people and how it wears away at their psyche and how they don't get peace until they face their past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 2/9/2014

    " I think this book probably could have been written in a hundred fewer pages. While I didn't really even like any of the characters (except the child), I found myself almost needing to find out what happened to them. This was a fairly strange book, and I'm not sure that I'd really recommend it, but once I got started, I definitely had to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Mccalister | 2/5/2014

    " I was not able to put this book down, from the first page to the last it kept me wanting more! what a great novel!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/2/2014

    " Clever plot, pedestrian writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/27/2014

    " Another excellent mystery/thriller. It took a little while for me to get into it since a lot of information was purposefully held back in order to make it more mysterious. I just wanted to know what had happened in the past so I could move on and enjoy the present story. But the wait was worthwhile. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on and every time I thought I had it, a twist was thrown in that completely confused me. Throughout the book you never really know if everyone is crazy, if there is a haunting or possession occurring, or if there really are just real live human beings messing with the main characters. Eventually I just came to the conclusion that it must be all three because I was completely stumped. I absolutely love when I can't guess the ending to the story within the first few pages. This is beautifully written and very complex story that I would recommend to fans on the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruhi | 1/4/2014

    " interesting..!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heaether | 12/18/2013

    " I liked the story and it was a fun read. Not dissecting literature here, thrillers are what they are and this one kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Karkoff | 11/30/2013

    " Strange book that I really couldn't put down till I knew how it ended. A book about the past coming back to haunt you, literaly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/25/2013

    " My favorite by this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Steffens | 10/29/2013

    " I keep thinking about this book! I was suprised all the way through. The story unfolded nicely each morning I sat down to read. I really couldn't put it down! Jennifer has a way of keeping readers' eyes glued to the pages!!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/20/2013

    " Very spooky and mysterious. Keeps you guessing till the end. Would have given it a higher rating but I'm not a big fan of scary stories. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 8/6/2013

    " After reading a couple other McMahon books and being enthralled with them, I fully intended to give this book 4 stars. I liked it, but it didn't capture me like Promise Not To Tell and Island of Lost Girls. The last 3 pages changed my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 7/13/2013

    " A little weird but fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica Casper | 1/30/2013

    " Interesting premise. But I found the book pretentious and kept putting it down. I also didn't like a single character in the story; they all just bored me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Insha | 12/22/2012

    " Although it was fully halfway into the book before it started to pull me in, the last half of the book was awesome, suspenseful, downright creepy. And the ending was great & unexpected! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/20/2012

    " I wish we could rate in half stars, because i would then rate it 3.5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/19/2012

    " excellent book. The kind you don;t want to put down or end. Looking forward to reading more from this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyoto | 4/22/2012

    " Despite the cliche liberal art student angst, this book sucked me in and I finished it quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/19/2012

    " Awesome. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/2/2011

    " This book was different from anything I have read. It had an interesting twist. You really don't know what is happening exactly or going to happen until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/18/2011

    " This was a very interesting book that was hard to put down. I recommend it to all my friends. Hope my next book is just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heaether | 4/19/2011

    " I liked the story and it was a fun read. Not dissecting literature here, thrillers are what they are and this one kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 4/19/2011

    " This book felt like a cross between "fight club" and "girl, interrupted". It was interesting enough, but fell short of being a great book by reusing themes that were already pretty popular in their first incarnations.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 4/5/2011

    " This book really scared me! Very unexpected. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chara | 4/1/2011

    " Not nearly as gripping as the first book I read by Jennifer McMahon (Don't Breathe a Word), but still a great book. Full of mystery, suspense, and supernatural elements. I didn't even suspect what would happen in the last few chapters. It was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/21/2011

    " Good read, kinda got slow in the middle, didn't know where she was going with the story,but it kept me interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/10/2011

    " I keep thinking about this book! I was suprised all the way through. The story unfolded nicely each morning I sat down to read. I really couldn't put it down! Jennifer has a way of keeping readers' eyes glued to the pages!!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/6/2011

    " It had a slow beginning. I wasn't sure I was going to get into it but I kept on because I bought it. About halfway through, the book picked up pace and got more interesting and the end was a complete shock! A great psychological thriller from the middle on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 3/5/2011

    " Disturbing , strange . Not the first book I'd reccomend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/28/2011

    " Wow...I really liked this book. The ending blew me away!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/23/2011

    " What a wild ride! Dismantled is a suspense thriller with fabulous characters who push themselves into your mind and stat there for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/21/2011

    " I liked this .but not as much as I did Jennifer McMahon's other books. I didn't like the ending even though the pace surely did pick up near theend and it was god. but the ending itself just wasn't as good as I thought it could have been. still a good book. "

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About the Author

Jennifer McMahon is the author of Dismantled, the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell, among other works. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

About the Narrator

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and audiobook narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers. She currently lives in New York.