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Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

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Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

ratings:
4/5 (47 ratings)
Length:
265 pages
4 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 17, 2009
ISBN:
9780061827488
Format:
Book

Description

“McMahon unfurls a whirlwind of suspense...Combining murder mystery and coming-of-age tale with supernatural elements, this taut novel is above all a reflection on the haunting power of memory.” –Entertainment Weekly

A woman’s past and present collide in terrifying ways in this explosive debut by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon. 

Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother, who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered—a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del—shunned and derided by classmates as "Potato Girl"—was brutally slain. Del's killer was never found, while the victim has since achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now, as this new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying, unexpected ways. Because nothing is quite what it seems . . . and the grim specters of her youth are far from forgotten.

More than just a murder mystery, Jennifer McMahon's extraordinary debut novel, Promise Not to Tell, is a story of friendship and family, devotion and betrayal—tautly written, deeply insightful, beautifully evocative, and utterly unforgettable.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 17, 2009
ISBN:
9780061827488
Format:
Book

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. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.


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  • (4/5)
    I loved this book. I didn't realize it was such a short read, but was happy I could finish it so quickly. I thought this would just be another murder mystery story, but the ghost story like plot gave it a little something extra. My heart broke for Del on nearly every page, and I appreciated the way in which her trauma was discussed, although it's stuck with me days afterward. One star off for some of the decisions the characters made that just seemed to serve the plot.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book. It was well written, and a sad tale of childhood that went horribly wrong.
  • (4/5)
    Not what I expected, but a very well written mystery/ghost story.
  • (5/5)
    please read all Jenifer's books they are awesome