Thursday, November 26, 2009

~Book Review - Promise Not To Tell~

Product Description

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.

My Thoughts:

This book really took me by surprise. I had seen it around, but had always avoided it for some reason....maybe the cover. The cover didn't appeal to me. But oh, what a treasure was waiting inside those pages!

This story was part mystery, coming-of-age, and part horror. I found myself cringing while reading some parts, or taking a deep breath and holding it while reading others. My husband was in the room with me while I was reading, and he stopped what he was doing to ask "What is going on in that book?"

The story built up to an ending that surprised me. I felt like it was tied up a little too neatly - however, it answered a lot of questions about what went on leading up to the finale.

I highly recommend Promise Not To Tell. Especially to those who love coming-of-age stories.


  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061143316


bermudaonion said...

Holy cow! That does sound good. The author's name is very familiar to me - I wonder if I've read something else by her.

Kaye said...

hi Missy, just popping in to wish you and your family a most happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day!

SmallWorld at Home said...

Great review!! I am going to have to add this to my TBR list!

Diane said...

I liked this book a lot as well. Great review.

Anonymous said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for the recommendation & review! :D

MarceJ said...

Yaaaaaaaay this is the book I wanted to read but forgot the title - I was given Still Alice instead which was great and I recommend but it wasn't the book. This is it, yaaay yaaay yaaay. Great review I look forward to reading this.

I just love that I joined the life of blogging .

BTW - I posted about Still Alice today also.

DCMetroreader said...

I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds like a great read!

Jenny Girl said...

If the book is making you make faces it must be good then. Books that give a great mental image are almost always good. thanks for recommendation.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

It sounds absolutely a real thriller with extraordinary depth! Thanks for the recommend, Missy!! BTW, I love your dancing stars!! What a fun rating system!! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!! Love you! Janine XO

Laughing Stars said...

This sounds awesome! By the way, I like your dancing stars. :)


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