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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer McMahon Narrator: Lily Rains Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780061988882
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jennifer McMahon’s novels are like the perfect winter truffle: dark, rich, earthy, and an absolute, decadent pleasure. Don’t Breathe a Word is a haunting page-turner that kept me up, spine shivering and enthralled, way past my bedtime.”

    Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints

  • “Beautifully written and spooky, Don’t Breathe a Word wraps around you and pulls you into a dark world of fairies and family secrets.”

    Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing

  • “[A] strange and unsettling shocker...With the tale’s outcome utterly unforeseeable even as it races along, Don’t Breathe a Word leaves you breathless.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Jennifer McMahon never flinches and never fails to surprise as her stories twist down unexpected roads. Don’t Breathe a Word balances love and horror as McMahon weaves a young couple into a perverse fairyland where Rosemary’s Baby could be at home.” 

    Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/22/2011

    " i tried to step outside my normal genre
    although this book was clever it was not a good bedtime story
    it gave me the creeps
    a little too dark for my taste "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/20/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprised. It was crazy and twisted and you kept wondering what was really going on. Any book that keeps you guessing again and again is worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/18/2011

    " I couldn't put it down. A creepy book but I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/16/2011

    " BEST book I've read in a while! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tahlia | 5/10/2011

    " The poor girls!
    they didn't think it was alzeimers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 5/7/2011

    " The opening will hook you and put a lot of questions in your mind about what kind of person the main character is. The fantasy twist is great too! "

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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.