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    • Publication date:07 Aug 2008
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    • Publication date:03 Apr 2014

Promise Not To Tell

By Jennifer McMahon

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Part coming-of-age novel, part ghost story, part psychological thriller - a powerful novel of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder

Part coming-of-age novel, part ghost story, part psychological thriller - a powerful novel of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder

Kate Cypher has returned home to Vermont, after a telephone call from friends who are worried about her mother's failing health. 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 misfit friend Del, shunned and derided by her classmates as "the potato girl", was brutally slain. Del's killer was never found, and Del achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories.

Now, as the new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying and unexpected ways. But nothing is quite what it seems - and the grim spectres of her childhood are far from forgotten.

Biographical Notes

Jennifer McMahon was born in 1968 and grew up in her grandmother's house in suburban Connecticut, where she was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. She wrote her first short story in third grade. After graduating with a BA from Goddard College in 1991, she studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and she decided to take some time to think about whether she wanted to write poetry or fiction. After bouncing around the country, she wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water, or phone with her partner, while they built their own house. Over the years, Jennifer has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness. She quit her last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. She now lives with her partner and daughter in Barre, Vermont -- producer of one-third of all the granite gravestones and mausoleums in the US.

Her website is http://www.jennifer-mcmahon.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @jennifermcmahon

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  • ISBN: 9781409138860
  • Publication date: 03 Nov 2011
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Orion
Creepy and convincing — CANDIS
An interesting variant of American Gothic — DAILY MAIL
A story of betrayal that will keep you guessing at every turn — ASDA MAGAZINE
Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this is a powerful novel of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder — LIVING NORTH
A gripping read — SCOTTISH WOMAN
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