Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon

In the fall of 2002, 41-year-old Kate Cypher, a divorced Seattle school nurse, returns to New Hope, the decaying Vermont hippie commune where she grew up, to visit her elderly mother, Jean, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. Kate has avoided New Hope since the grizzly, unsolved murder of her fifth-grade friend, Del Griswold, 31 years earlier. Kate fears she betrayed Del, a free-spirited farm girl. Did her betrayal cause Del’s death? Who killed Del? Another local girl is murdered in a similar manner at the time of Kate’s return. Could the killer be loose again? Meanwhile, Jean appears to be possessed with Del’s spirit and may have the answers to these questions. As Kate investigates, she learns stunning truths about many events and people from her youth.

What’s the worst thing you have ever done?

I was drawn to this book for a few reasons.  One….  The obvious one.  The cover.  Look at that.  Who is she?  What has she done?  Is she survivor or victim?  Two… the synopsis about a girl who was called “Potato Girl”, uggghhh…. name calling that rile me up…. this falls into my category of “words are powerful, they can hurt and knock you down just as well as they can lift you up.  Three… The author Jennifer McMahon, I had heard the buzz about her style and her writing and I wanted to give her a try.

While this a good ghost story and mystery wrapped into one, I found it to be more than that.  This book is about a friendship.  A heartbreaking and tragic friendship that caused me pause to read and be reminded once again how our words do affect others.


The beauty of this book was that I thought I knew who did it and I was wrong.  And then I had a back up idea of who did it and well… that wasnt exactly right either…. however….

OOPS!  😉  That’s all you get. 

I enjoyed my first read with Jennifer McMahon and next week I will have the opportunity to explore her again when I read The Island Of Lost Girls for another tour. 

I received this book for review from TLC Book Tours


41 thoughts on “Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon

  1. I’m glad to read your reaction to this book, Sheila. I read and reviewed Jennifer McMahon’s new book, DON’T BREATHE A WORD this last week. It was very interesting. I didn’t love every bit of it, but it caused me to go out and get her entire backlist. Including this one. I’m taking PROMISE NOT TO TELL on vacation with me. Looking forward to reading your review of ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS. Love me new author!

    1. That is kind of where I am at Kay on this one… I liked it, there were things that I really enjoyed and flashed me back to the days that I read this genre all the time… but other parts of the book I am still processing…. liked very much…. interested in her writing, but feel I need a second book to get a solid thought here. 😀

  2. Oh, this one does sound good! You had me at the whole “commune” thing…LOL

    I have Dismantled, by this author…just waiting patiently on my stacks.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love it when a book can fool me into thinking that I’ve got it all figured out and then surprise me with what REALLY happened.

    Thanks for being on the tour Sheila!

  4. This sounds like a very intriguing plot, Sheila. Definitely sounds like something I would like, from an author I hadn’t heard of before – thanks for the review!

    Sue

  5. I really like it when I think I know whodunit and I turn out to be wrong (as long as whodunit still makes sense)! I have Don’t Breathe a Word waiting for me to read which has an eerily similar cover….

    1. That is so funny you said that Trisha as I was just thinking that – as long as it makes sense… when they throw in a random and you are like… wait… but that cant be…. thats just annoying 😛

      1. Are you laughing about my “nearly always”? :p Well, it’s true. Most of the time it’s good to be surprised like that, but sometimes, well, they just get it wrong.

        1. It was an “LOL” with you….. I totally get what you mean and that makes me laugh…. you have no idea where they came up with that and you as the reader can explain it ten different ways as to how that could not work … 😀

  6. I have this one, I want to know more about her writing style you talk about. Also sounds like one for your Spoiler Button 🙂

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