Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco’s boyfriend is murdered, she’s convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called “Snake Eyes,” Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive.
There are the “fire eaters,” mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river’s edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called “the devil’s snuff”; there’s Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there’s Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life.
As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer from the Sandeski family’s past draws ever closer, a story of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.
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Pretty Little Book Review
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Jennifer McMahon has been one of my favorite authors for a few years now. This is simply because her books are completely original, they stand out from other books in the genre, and they are extremely interesting in terms of plot line and characters. Unfortunately, Burntown fell a bit short for me. Normally, her books incorporate not only a mystery but quite a bit of paranormal aspects as well. However, this one only dove into the paranormal a tiny bit (so little that it could have bee non existent and it wouldn't have really changed the story). I was rather surprised with this to be honest. Within the blurb you are lead to believe that the plot-line will follow a machine that allows people to talk to the dead, but again, this is hardly prominent within the story. Had there been more of this, the story would have been a hit for me.
Now, I really hate critiquing stories because I know how hard authors work for their stories. So I apologize if this review isn't the best. But this won't deter me from read future books by the author because I truly love her work. Also, just because this novel didn't fit me doesn't mean that other readers won't love it. After all, it is written fantastically and does hold a great amount of mystery and intrigue within the story. I promise, you will not be able to guess who is behind the mystery until it reveals itself.
Overall, this is a decent book, just not my favorite. Fans of the author and those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers may really enjoy this one. So make up your own mind and don't let my review (0r others) deter you from picking up a new novel.