Dismantled: A Novel
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Dismantled: A Novel

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by Jennifer McMahon
     
 

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“An eerie and gripping tale of suspense….A triumph.”
Boston Globe

 

The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled—a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, “One of the brightest new stars of

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“An eerie and gripping tale of suspense….A triumph.”
Boston Globe

 

The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled—a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, “One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense” (Los Angeles Times online). Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing, calls Dismantled, “A fun, twisty thriller. Expect comparisons to The Secret History.” Readers of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones will not be able to shake this breathtaking tale of the dark consequences of a group of college friends’ belief that all things—and people—must be taken apart to be truly understood.

Editorial Reviews

Stewart O’Nan
“A failed marriage. A long-buried secret. A lonely child’s imaginary friend. From these simple ingredients, Jennifer McMahon has constructed a fun, twisty thriller. Expect DISMANTLED to earn comparisons to THE SECRET HISTORY.”
Los Angeles Times (online)
“One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense.”
Booklist
“In her third, elegantly spooky mystery revolving around the vulnerability of a young girl and a haunting past, McMahon fashions a fresh and entrancing ghost-in-the-woods tale replete with startling psychoses, delectable Hitchcockian motifs, and dangerous attractions.”
People
“McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.”
Stewart O’Nan
“A failed marriage. A long-buried secret. A lonely child’s imaginary friend. From these simple ingredients, Jennifer McMahon has constructed a fun, twisty thriller. Expect DISMANTLED to earn comparisons to THE SECRET HISTORY.”
Stewart O'Nan
"A failed marriage. A long-buried secret. A lonely child’s imaginary friend. From these simple ingredients, Jennifer McMahon has constructed a fun, twisty thriller. Expect DISMANTLED to earn comparisons to THE SECRET HISTORY."
People Magazine
"McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061689345
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
116,672
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 5.42(h) x 1.07(d)

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Stewart O'Nan
“A failed marriage. A long-buried secret. A lonely child’s imaginary friend. From these simple ingredients, Jennifer McMahon has constructed a fun, twisty thriller. Expect DISMANTLED to earn comparisons to THE SECRET HISTORY.”

Meet the Author

Jennifer McMahon is the author of Dismantled, the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

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Dismantled 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! Jennifer McMahon did an excellent job in making you entertained for hours. Can only recommend.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Four art students meet in college and soon form a group. Suz, Winnie, Tess and Henry are consumed by their art and by Suz's belief that to understand something, you must tear it down. Their group is named the Compassionate Dismantlers. They start out small, then graduate to "missions" such as shooting out transformers, burning art, and even kidnapping. They move into a cabin together. As a summer comes to an end, they start to fall apart with intra-group betrayals, secrets and alliances. The summer ends with a tragedy and the group breaks up. Fast forward ten years. Henry and Tess have married and have a daughter, Emma, who was conceived that summer. They are separated although still living in the same house and getting more and more distant from each other. Emma, desparate to find a way to get her parents back together, searches their studios and finds evidence of The Dismantlers. She sends a postcard to each member whose address she can find, writing only their motto: "DISMANTLEMENT = FREEDOM. To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart." As the postcards are delivered, strange things start happening. Some of the members come back to town, and perhaps others have also secretly returned. Is the tragedy, hidden for a decade, about to be discovered? Have some members return to get revenge? McMahon rachets up the tension from page to page until the reader can't determine reality from fantasy. Wow, this book is amazing. The suspense level is intense with multiple plot twists and turns. The reader is sure they know what is happening and then a page turns and everything is different from what was perceived. The characters are realistic, and the group leader, Suz, is so vivid that the reader expects to look up and see her striding into their room. This book is recommended for mystery/suspense fans.
Sofiapia More than 1 year ago
This novel jumps right into action in the first couple of pages. The way the book is written is that every chapter there is a different character speaking. This way you can get to know the character better and you can establish a relationship with them. Throughout this book the Deforge parents, members of the former college group, "the Dismantlers", encounter strange mishaps. The only answer to these problems that seem reasonable to them would be that one of the group members who was murdered by others in the group, Suz, came back to life to haunt them. During this book the author takes you through flashbacks of past events, showing you exactly what this college group did. Back in present day life you see how this family is trying to cope with all these problems along with conjugal ones as well. When Winnie, another ex-member of the group, mysteriously shows up in town and visits Tess and Henry Deforge more problems start to happen. And at the end when things take a wrong turn and you find out Tess is inside a burning moose in a lake instead of a Suz doll, pieces come together and you soon realize all the lies and diabolical schemes that went behind all the characters back. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in somewhat confusing, backstabbing, suspenseful novels. It was a great read!
Luv2ReadCC More than 1 year ago
The originality of the story was great and the characters just made it better. If you like to be shocked you will like this book.
Applecheeks More than 1 year ago
Loved the twists and turns this book takes. Kept me guessing up to the very end. (Also kept me up reading late into the night).
the_book_cellar More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could hardly put it down and then when I was done, I passed it on to anyone who would listen to me rave on and on. This was the most creepy, eerie, dark and captivating book i have ever read. And then never ending ending!?! it will leave you with a gasp and your jaw wide open!!!
masimmons More than 1 year ago
The story is about a group of college students who form a contravercial group called "The Compassionate Dismantlers". Under the direction of the groups capricious leader "Suz" the members create havoc and spread social disroder believing people will be more appreciative of a thing when it's taken apart or destroyed. Things become complicated when emotions run high and members start to turn on eachother ending in the death of their leader. Although this story was intriguing I found it a bit longwinded at times and could have been shortened. I will say that it was a page turner with an interesting ending. You will definitely enjoy it and the authors writing style. I look forward to reading more work from Jennifer McMahon.
AshleyRoseAW More than 1 year ago
Quite predictable but thoroughly entertaining and enjoyably odd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An extremely talented writer. A book to keep you guessing but does not let you down. Perfect for a day when there is nothing on the agenda, as you will not want to set this one down. Her writing flows smoothand is full of emotion.
brooklynchica More than 1 year ago
If you like plots with twists and turns then this is the story for you!!! absolutely entertaining.
jennalunaVerse More than 1 year ago
This book is a must if you are into mysteries with a ghostly aspect. I jumped right in & enjoyed it right away. I liked the back & forth between time periods, how things got explained & the unexpected ending. I honestly wasn't expecting the twist. Loving this author!
One-Sister More than 1 year ago
Dismantled is Pulp Fiction meets Tell-Tale Heart, a group of young people on a path of destrution that "Dismantles" everything from art to construction to people's lives. Eventually leads to the survivor's undoing, a sort of day of reckoning for all who are involved. Takes the reader on a shair raising journey with a suspenseful ending and a twist that is unforeseeable.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While attending Sexton College in Vermont the four students became best friends; forming the Compassionate Dismantlers. Now graduated, they live together in a remote cabin where they go forth committing bodacious harmful acts that increasingly are out of control. However, when their leader Suz Pierce dies during a stunt, the three survivors dismantle their group. A decade later, two of the members Henry DeForge and Tess Kahle remain married but separated while raising their nine-year-old daughter, Emma. The suicide of a friend from college leaves Henry and Tess fearful that their motto Dismantlement Equals Freedom" will destroy them especially since a private investigator digs into the past. Emma tries to bring her parents back together, but that leads instead to the revival of the Compassionate Dismantlers. DISMANTLED is an intelligent fascinating character-driven thriller that rotates between the present and ten years ago. The cast in both decades are strong though unlikable so that the reader sees what motivated the Compassionate Dismantlers and what drives Henry, Tess and Emma; the melancholy child steals the show with her sad outlook of a bleak future. Filled with eerie but plausible twists and spins, fans of something different will relish this wild roller coaster ride. Harriet Klausner
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Great :)
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This book was a little hard to get into for the first few chapter. After that though I didn't want to put it down. Great ending. Just when you think you know what was going on there was a twist. Good read.
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One of the best books I've read. The author keeps you interested throughout the book. I would recommend this book for anyone. Best reads of 2012