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TLC Book Tour for “Promise Not To Tell” by Jennifer McMahon

April 20, 2011


I knew I was going to love Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon from the moment I saw the cover. Something about the look on that girl’s face and the title, you just know that something sinister is going on! This is an amazing suspense thriller that has just a touch of supernatural to really get the hair standing up on the back of your neck!

This is actually one of Jennifer McMahon’s older titles, and since I had not read any of her books yet, I was so excited to get the chance to review this one! It’s my first book of hers and I am now ready to head up her fan club! I can’t wait to go looking for more of her titles!

Oh, where to start without giving anything away, that is my dilemma with this one. There are so many twists and turns and surprises and I don’t want to spoil a single one for you. I’ll tell you that we have 2 stories in this book. The “current day” story is in 2002, but it’s tied to something that happened thirty years earlier in 1971, causing Kate Cypher to deal with a past that she has tried very hard to forget! The author weaves these two stories together brilliantly and effortlessly. So many times when a story jumps back and forth between past and present, it can feel very awkward and I feel like I’m getting whiplash from the jerking  back and forth. NOT so in this case! She does a beautiful job of making these two stories feel as if they are perfectly tied together.

I VERY highly recommend this book! The writing is excellent, and the story is unique and full of twists and surprises. I was hooked from page one and stayed hooked until the very end. I did not want to put this book down for anything! The characters seem so real and vivid and alive! I can picture the setting in detail. This is a fantastic suspense thriller and I cannot wait to get a hold of more Jennifer McMahon books!

(For my blog readers who only read Christian books, this is not a Christian fiction book.)

Book Summary:

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.

Buy this book here.

Author Bio:

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 grew up in suburban Connecticut, and graduated from Goddard College. Over the years, she has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and has worked with mentally ill adults and children in a few different capacities. Currently, she lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

Find Jennifer:

Jennifer’s Tour Stops

Monday, April 18th: Sara’s Organized Chaos (Promise Not to Tell)

Tuesday, April 19th: Jenn’s Bookshelves (Promise Not to Tell)

Tuesday, April 19th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Island of Lost Girls)

Wednesday, April 20th: Life In Review (Promise Not to Tell)

Tuesday, May 3rd: Book Journey (Promise Not to Tell)

Wednesday, May 4th: Rundpinne (Promise Not to Tell)

Friday, May 6th: In the Next Room (Promise Not to Tell)

Monday, May 9th: Reading Through Life (Promise Not to Tell)

Tuesday, May 10th: Tina’s Book Reviews (Promise Not to Tell)

Wednesday, May 11th: In the Next Room (Island of Lost Girls)

Thursday, May 12th: Book Journey (Island of Lost Girls)

Monday, May 16th: Sara’s Organized Chaos (Island of Lost Girls)

Monday, May 16th: Stephanie’s Written Word (Promise Not to Tell)

Wednesday, May 18th: Rundpinne (Island of Lost Girls)

Thursday, May 19th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog (Promise Not to Tell)

Friday, May 20th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books (Island of Lost Girls)

Monday, May 23rd: Stephanie’s Written Word (Island of Lost Girls)

This book was provided for review by Harper Paperbacks.


Michelle V

11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011 7:27 am

    I just reviewed Don’t Breathe a Word yesterday. The book was fantastic and I can’t wait to read her other novels. Thanks for the review.

  2. April 20, 2011 7:37 am

    This was my first book by the author (but my TLC tour date isn’t until mid-May) and I have to agree with your review – now I can hardly wait to read her other titles!!

  3. April 20, 2011 8:37 am

    I just saw this book on someone else’s blog yesterday. It sounds amazing. I really want to read it.

  4. April 20, 2011 1:17 pm

    This sounds like the perfect book for me to read! The storyline sounds sooo intriguing and I love a book that can switch tenses without losing anything. Definitely going on my wish list!!

  5. April 21, 2011 10:32 am

    Sounds fascinating and mysterious, thanks! for the great review.

  6. thedarkphantom permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:45 pm

    This sounds like a sinister, fascinating book! Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle. Also thanks for tweeting and facebooking my blog hop. :-)

  7. thedarkphantom permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:45 pm


    The Dark Phantom is me, Mayra Calvani :-)
    I forgot to sign my name.

  8. April 22, 2011 10:06 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t give too many details about this book – it sounds like one that you need to discover for yourself as you read. Lately I haven’t done more than skim the book blurb of my next read … the less I know ahead of time the better I enjoy the book.

    Thanks for being on the tour!


  1. Promise Not To Tell (TLC Tour Review) | Reading Through Life
  2. Promise Not to Tell | Stephanie's Written Word
  3. Promise Not to Tell ~ Jennifer McMahon « Iwriteinbooks's Blog

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