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Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

by Jennifer McMahon
Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

by Jennifer McMahon


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“McMahon unfurls a whirlwind of suspense...Combining murder mystery and coming-of-age tale with supernatural elements, this taut novel is above all a reflection on the haunting power of memory.” –Entertainment Weekly

A woman’s past and present collide in terrifying ways in this explosive debut by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon. 

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061143311
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 171,768
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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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Pam Lewis

“PROMISE NOT TO TELL takes you through the twisted world of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder.”

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“Deeply disturbing and darkly compelling...”

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