I apologize for going MIA on you. I took a brief hiatus from reading because I had an inner ear infection. Unlike other ear infections, these don’t hurt – they just make your head spin and make it extremely uncomfortable to read.
But I’m back to tell you about Jennifer McMahon’s Don’t Breathe a Word – a really creepy story about a little girl that goes missing in the forest. Legend has it that the town of Reliance once existed in the forest but the villagers slowly disappeared because they had crossed over to the fairy world.
Don’t Breathe a Word is a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. McMahon does a fantastic job of tipping the balances between coincidence and the supernatural. It keeps you on your toes and it makes the story that much more believable. Every great scary movie has you wondering if it all could have been true – and so does this story.
The main character is Phoebe, a girl who has a troubled relationship with her tough, alcoholic mother. But Phoebe finds herself unbelievably lucky when she meets Sam, a younger man who seems perfect. It just so happens that Sam’s sister was the girl that went missing in the forest years before. Sam receives a letter from his sister saying that she’s back from the land of fairies.
And these aren’t Disneyland fairies – these are mean, scary fairies kidnapping underaged girls. Although, Tinkerbell had a temper too no?
Don’t Breathe a Word isn’t so scary that it kept me up at night. It’s more suspenseful than anything else. With Halloween around the corner, I definitely recommend cuddling up with this creepy read.