Promise Not to Tell

Promise Not to Tell

A Novel

Book - 2007
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon's explosive debut

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: New York : Harper, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061143311
Branch Call Number: Suspense F MCM


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Krajzel May 03, 2014

It seems I am addicted to Jennifer McMahon. This is the third book I have read (one I forgot to post on my shelves) of Ms. McMahon's. Her books are always about little girls to whom bad things happen. I don't especially like the gist of the book, but they are a good read. You try to figure out who the villain is and you never get it right. In this book, a grown woman comes back to the place where she grew up to put her mother, who has Alzheimer's, in a nursing home. A young girl is murdered which brings back the murder of her childhood friend. A good read, you can hardly put the book down.

MsNavillus Apr 16, 2014

I agree that the ending is a bit predictable. In that sense, this is very much a first novel. Still, I enjoyed the premise and the character development very much. This is a quick, spooky read.

Oct 12, 2013

Nice read, but the end is quite predictable and lame.


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