Search Results: "Jennifer McMahon"


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THE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Although she writes flawless prose, McMahon's characters' improbable choices derail her story."
A peaceful Vermont village turns creepy in this tale of the dead returning to life. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS by Jennifer McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"The flashbacks, dirty family secrets and sudden plot twists harken back to McMahon's debut (Promise Not to Tell, 2007), but, commendably, she still manages some surprises."
Small-town copycat crimes yet again spur a hometown girl to recall more personal situations in McMahon's well-crafted—if formulaic—sophomore effort. Read full book review >

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BURNTOWN by Jennifer McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Weirdly entertaining but anticlimactic in the end."
McMahon (The Winter People, 2014, etc.) swoops readers off to a setting straight out of a modern, but much starker, Grimm's fairy tale in this odd story with a touch of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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MY TIKI GIRL by Jennifer McMahon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers who like dreamy, even quasi-mystical, nonconformity may enjoy this slightly dark but ultimately hopeful romance. (Fiction. YA)"
An author for adults shifts her audience to teens with mixed success in this romance about two girls. Read full book review >

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THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND by Jennifer McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Readers will find themselves unable to turn the pages fast enough in this perfectly penned thriller."
Although the title seems irrelevant to the plot, McMahon scores a solid touchdown in this creepy but engrossing thriller. Read full book review >

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DISMANTLED by Jennifer McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2009

"Sometimes beautifully written and extraordinarily imaginative; the only thing it lacks is human interest."
The collective sins of four college friends come home to roost more than a decade after a bizarre tragedy scattered them in this disturbing, darkly hypnotic novel by McMahon (Island of Lost Girls, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jennifer McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2007

"Well-plotted suspenseful fun."
Ghost sightings and a copycat murder cause residents of a small town to revisit a 30-year-old crime. Read full book review >

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L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The plot reads as if dashed off to meet a deadline, but the book is somewhat redeemed by decent writing."
Seasoned mystery writer McMahon (Dead Silver, 2008, etc.) steps into a new genre with his first thriller. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A brisk, well-constructed swirl of murky plots and dark psychology, if rather heavy on the lesbian angle: a debut that, despite impressive ingredients, lacks warmth."
By the 22nd century, after climatic change and rising sea levels, the city of Vancouver is divided between prosperous but regressive and cliquish Guild territory and the island of Downtown, whose slums are inhabited by the Guildless, refugees from America, gangs, criminals, and the destitute. Read full book review >

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IRA FOXGLOVE by Thomas McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2004

"Reminiscent of the best of Walker Percy: a deeply funny, strange, moving account of middle-aged angst overcome by genius, sympathy, and profound naiveté."
A deceptively lighthearted fourth novel by the late cult favorite McMahon (1943-99; Loving Little Egypt, 1986, etc.) depicts a forlorn husband's tragicomic quest to reclaim his AWOL wife. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON ROOMS by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A fine, compassionate, elegiac combination of human and courtroom drama—the author's best yet."
Another inventive, nuanced historical novel from McMahon (The Rose of Sebastopol, 2009, etc.), again focused on a progressive female protagonist constrained by the expectations of her era. Read full book review >

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THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2009

"Marked by its passion and social commentary, this is a pleasingly unformulaic read, although its twin time frames and ending may not satisfy all readers."
An unusual and vivid historical novel tracks a feverish love triangle/mystery across the battlefields of the Crimean War. Read full book review >