Monday, March 14, 2011

Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

I am still reeling from this book. I have spent the past five days immersed in a claustrophobic world of fairies and old family secrets.
This book captured me from the very first page, practically from the first sentence, and has not let go since. This is a good thing, a very good thing, for a book. It’s what we, as readers, are always on the lookout for, that book that will grip us and will have us running to everyone we know yelling “read this!” at the top of our lungs.
The story is well formed, taking the classic myths of changelings (fairies that take the place of human babies) and updating them into a magical and horrifying tale. The language is not poetic, sometimes actually edging into the cliché, but the storyline more than makes up for this lack. The way Ms. McMahon utilizes the chapters, giving us two different viewpoints, is carefully structured so we get some information even before the characters do. There are twists and turns you will not see coming and which I’ll not even hint at. You might even be confused for a chapter or two, but I promise you a fun bunch of days following the trail of fairy bells tinkling into the darkness.
Highly (cannot stress it enough) highly recommend it.

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