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Jennifer McMahon Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Promise Not To Tell (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Island of Lost Girls (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Tiki Girl (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dismantled (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Breathe a Word (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The One I Left Behind (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winter People (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Sister (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burntown (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jennifer McMahon is a noteworthy author of from America, who is highly popular for writing suspense, thriller, and literature & fiction books. All her career, she has written on standalone novels, many of which became extremely successful. McMahon was born in the year 1968 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Initially, she used to live in Barre, Vermont, but has now moved to Montpelier, Vermont. Author McMahon lives with her partner named Drea in civil union and has a daughter with her, named Zella. McMahon completed her graduation from the Goddard College and followed it up by studying poetry at the Vermont College. The debut novel of McMahon came out in 2007 under the name of Promise Not To Tell. The Harper Paperbacks had released this book. This book was described as partly a ghost story and partly a mystery-thriller, by the Publishers Weekly. Following its tremendous opening, the book was also published in Germany under the publication of Rowohlt Verlag. In the following year, the book was released in the UK by Orion Publishing. After some time, author McMahon gave the rights for the publication of the Italian and French versions of the novel. Author McMahon followed her debut book by another suspense book titled Island of Lost Girls. This book went on to feature in the bestseller list of the New York Times. Later, this novel was also released in England and Germany. The next book penned by McMahon in her writing career is called Dismantled, which went on to be nominated for the Lamda Literary prize. The book also saw releases in Netherlands, Germany, and England. Apart from the suspense and mystery books, author McMahon also wrote a fiction novel about lesbian teens. The book, titled My Tiki Girl, has been added in the Rainbow List of the Association of American Library.

McMahon spent her initial years growing up in the suburban house of her grandmother in Connecticut. At that time, McMahon was pretty much convinced that a ghost called Virgil dwelled in the house’s attic. Author McMahon attempted to write the first story of her life when she was studying in the 3rd grade. In 1991, she finished her graduation, which was followed by a Writing Program MFA from Vermont College. The next years of McMahon’s life saw her developing a poem, which later took the form of a story and then finally became a novel. This made her take decision of taking some time in thinking whether she wanted to write fiction or poetry. And after going on several tours throughout the country, McMahon returned to Vermont and began staying a cabin that did not have running water, electricity, or any other necessary facilities. However, she did have the company of her partner Drea. They two then started to build their house together. Author McMahon says that such experiences in life have allowed her to take up the roles of a farm worker, house painter, Easter Bunny, staff member of a homeless shelter, counselor for the kids and adults having mental illness, paste up artist, a pizza delivery lady. McMahon quit her last job in the year 2000 and since then she has been working as a full time writer. In 2004, author McMahon was blessed with a baby girl, whom she gave the name Zella. As of today, McMahon and Drea reside in their ancient Victorian house in Montpelier. Some of the neighbors think that their house looks like the house of the Addams family, which gives McMahon immense pleasure.

An early novel written by Jennifer McMahon in her career is entitled ‘The Winter People’. It was released by the Doubleday publication in 2014. Author McMahon has described the important characters in this book as Sara Harrison Shea, Gertie, Ruthie, Alice, and Fawn. The plot takes place in West Hall, Vermont. At the start of the story, it is shown that West Hall has always been a strange town related to its old legends and disappearances. The most mysterious disappearance in the list is that of Harrison Shea, who dead body was discovered from the fields behind her own house in 1908. The death of Harrison Shea had occurred after a few months of the tragic death of Shea’s daughter named Gertie. At the present time, 19 years old Ruthie resides in Harrison Shea’s farmhouse along with her younger sibling named Fawn and her mother named Alice. The decision to live in the remote farmhouse was that of Alice’s, who always insisted about living away from the grid. This decision of hers proves perilous suddenly when Ruthie gets up a fine morning to find that Alice has disappeared and there is no trace of her anywhere. As Ruthie desperately searches for clues, she comes across the diary copy of Harrison Shea that was kept hidden under the floorboards of the bedroom of her mother. The sudden occurrence of the diary makes Ruthie get sucked into the deep mystery of the fate of Harrison Shea. Finally, Ruthie learns that she is not the only one who is looking to find someone. But, it seems that Ruthie is the only person who can prevent history from repeating again.

Another exciting novel that author McMahon wrote in her career is called ‘Don’t Breathe a Word’. It was released in 2011 by the Harper Paperbacks. Author McMahon has mentioned the primary characters in the story of the book as Lisa, Sam, Phoebe, etc. At the beginning of this book, it is described that Lisa a 12 year old girl, who has a small brother by the name of Sam. During a normal summer night, Lisa goes into the woods behind her farmhouse and does not return. The numerous attempts to find her go in vain. Before her disappearance, Lisa had informed her younger brother, Sam, that there is a secret door that opens into a magical place. She even told Sam that she is going to go past that door and meet the Fairies’ King and become a modest queen. A period of 15 years passes after this incident. Sam meets a girl named Phoebe and falls in love with her. Sam has now grown into a sensible and practical man, who does not have any fear of the dark. He doesn’t even get bad dreams. In fact, Sam helps Phoebe to get over her own fears. Suddenly, several eerie and unexplained occurrences begin to take place in the lives of the couple, which pose a great challenge in front of the hardheaded Sam. He feels that his realist views about the world are being challenged. And as Sam and Phoebe try to question the reality about themselves, a terrible promise made by Sam a few years ago is revealed. This promise seems to have the power of destroying all of them.

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