I'd had my eye on McMahon's books for awhile now, even going as far as to purchase her second novel, Island of Lost Girls, but I hadn't actually read anything by her until I picked up her debut, Promise Not To Tell. What I found was a thrilling mystery that was both creepy and intelligent. McMahon has the reader totally hooked on figuring out what happened to Del and what kind of secrets Kate is keeping- after all, the novel begins with Kate admitting "I killed someone tonight..." before going backwards in time. Not only is the mystery component exciting, but the details of growing up dirt poor, trying to fit in at a new school, even life during the seventies, all felt genuine.
Promise Not To Tell was a deliciously exciting book, as a reader you'll be happy it's only 250 pages because you won't be able to put it down from start to finish. As a ghost story and mystery, McMahon hits the nail on the head especially when it comes to mysterious objects and signs present in the story, things like an old sheriff's bad and an unexplained tattoo which give just the right amount of spookiness to the story. I honestly can't believe I waited so long to pick up a book by McMahon. Overall, Promise Not To Tell is an exciting and creepy novel, easy to devour and liable to leave you looking to pick up McMahon's next book. I will definitely be delving into Island of Lost Girls soon.
Release Date: April 1st, 2007
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