Don't Breathe A Word

Don't Breathe A Word

A Novel

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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. Her little brother, Sam, has grown up to be a levelheaded man who is still convinced that Lisa was abducted by a predator. When his girlfriend, Phoebe, receives a phone call from a frightened woman claiming to be Lisa, the two are seriously spooked and set out to discover the true identity of the mystery caller and what really occurred 15 years ago.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2011], ©2011.
ISBN: 9780062103512
9780061988882
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Do not breathe a word

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artemishi
Aug 14, 2013

Don't Breathe a Word is incredibly compelling. In the way of all great psychological thrillers, it keeps you guessing, right until the end, what the true reality is.

What happened to Lisa? Who is to blame? How was it done? All of this is played out, not by some savvy detective, but by a 35 year old woman with a string of bad boyfriends, a crappy home life, and plenty of quirk. She, like many of us, is an adult who is still figuring herself out. And while our pasts are nothing alike, I found myself cheering for her, relating to her, and laughing at her turns of phrase.

This novel is a roller coaster ride, flashing between Lisa in the past and Phoebe in the present. There are some disturbing themes in the book, utterly appropriate for the narrative, but reader beware. Also, some swearing (same context).

And although many reviewers I know hated the ending, I thought it was brilliant. This novel is definitely a psychological thriller, with one foot rooted in ancient mythology. It reminded me a bit of the old movie The Wicker Man, in that expectations are played with, reality is fluid, and it's the kind of horror that sidles up to you unexpectedly.

I recommend it for fans of psychological thrillers, dark mythology, magical realism, realistic female protagonists, being kept on the edge of your seat, and masterful storytelling.
Just don't read it while out in the woods.

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