10 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer Mcmahon

I don’t mind gore. An author can describe in detail how they rip open someone’s belly and dissect their large intestine and I’m just fine. You tell me a ghost story though… I’m out. I made the mistake of reading this silly book while my big, bad, keeps-the-mean-ghosts-away husband was out with friends. I had to stop reading it and lay there with my eyes wide open, not blinking, stiff and terrified waiting for him to get home. I, of course, fell asleep, thankfully – but ended up having a dream about some little girl with braided pigtails chasing after me throwing potatoes at me. I wish I were making this up. I’m in my mid-thirties. I mean, seriously. I’m adult. There is no boogie man. Just potato girls apparently.

Oh yeah, book review… so this book freaked me out in a few places. It’s probably part of the reason I finished reading it in less than 24 hours, I wanted to get through it while my husband was around. Ya know, the ghost chaser. The story was very well written and well done. The author’s character development was very well done, indeed. I felt like all the characters were able to “come alive” (sometimes in the afterlife apparently *shudder*) and jump (oy vey) right off the page at you.

I’m not going to give you the description, you can read that on your own… but I will say that I loved the dual timelines of the main characters life. I loved the setting, etc. I felt like the ending was a little bit of a cop out, totally out of left field, but too much so. I don’t want to say much more and spoil it, but I did feel a little bit cheated. This is not something I might have picked up on my own, someone in my book club chose it. I’m certainly glad that they did.

Very recommended, just leave the lights on and keep the hubby handy.

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 65

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