Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
Come, be Queen of the Fairies and disappear forever…
Lisa, a twelve-year-old girl, enters the woods determined to become Queen of the Fairies and is never seen again. Fifteen years later, Phoebe is dating Lisa’s brother, Sam, and the mystery resurfaces. A phone call leads them to a book about Fairies, a long lost cousin returns, and the Dark Man from Phoebe’s childhood dreams comes back to haunt her. Every secret uncovered only raises more questions as Phoebe struggles to determine what is true and who can be trusted, if anyone.
Although not technically a young adult novel, portions of Don’t Breath a Word is written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl and is a book that I can easily see being a crossover. It is spooky, engaging, and hard to explain. While the paranormal elements of it play a large role, it is also about relationships, families, and secrets. Alternating points of view reveal the story in Phoebe’s current world, as well as Lisa’s world at the time of her disappearance. Even now that I have finished reading it, I am not entirely sure what I think, but I know that parts of the story will haunt me for a long time.
Don’t Breathe a Word is written by Jennifer McMahon. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.