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July 2009 Indie Next List
“Suz Pierce, brilliant and cruel, is dead. Ten years later, Henry and Tess, her friends, are still in orbit around her, haunted by remorse and guilt, their relationship slowing fracturing. Eight-year-old Emma desperately wants to keep her parents together, and, unwittingly, she sets off a series of events that nearly destroy them all. McMahon is a beautifully atmospheric writer, evocative of Daphne du Maurier.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
"An eerie and gripping tale of suspense....A triumph."
--Boston Globe The author of the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, Jennifer McMahon returns with Dismantled--a stunning and chilling thriller that further burnishes her reputation as, "One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense" (Los Angeles Times online). Stewart O'Nan, author of Songs for the Missing, calls Dismantled, "A fun, twisty thriller. Expect comparisons to The Secret History." Readers of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones will not be able to shake this breathtaking tale of the dark consequences of a group of college friends' belief that all things--and people--must be taken apart to be truly understood.
“Outstanding...By alternating the present-day lives with the origins of the Dismantlers, McMahon allows the inexorable sense of dread to build incrementally. Perhaps most memorable are not the young artists but Emma, a child whose intense imagination only adds fuel to the slow-burning fire.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A failed marriage. A long-buried secret. A lonely child’s imaginary friend. From these simple ingredients, Jennifer McMahon has constructed a fun, twisty thriller. Expect DISMANTLED to earn comparisons to THE SECRET HISTORY.”
-Stewart O’Nan, author of SONGS FOR THE MISSING
“One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense.”
-Los Angeles Times (online)
“In her third, elegantly spooky mystery revolving around the vulnerability of a young girl and a haunting past, McMahon fashions a fresh and entrancing ghost-in-the-woods tale replete with startling psychoses, delectable Hitchcockian motifs, and dangerous attractions.”
“McMahon’s gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills.”