A Novel

eBook - 2009
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The New York TimesHenry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following the first rule of their manifesto--"To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart"--These daring misfits spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods committing acts of meaningful vandalism and plotting elaborate, often dangerous, pranks. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz's death and the others decide to cover it up. Nearly a decade later, Henry and Tess are living just an hour's drive from the old cabin. Each is desperate to move on from the summer of the Dismantlers, but their guilt isn't ready to let them go. When a victim of their past pranks commits suicide--apparently triggered by a mysterious Dismantler-style postcard--it sets off a chain of eerie events that threatens to engulf Henry, Tess, and their inquisitive nine-year-old daughter, Emma. Is there someone who wants to reveal their secrets? Is it possible that Suz did not really die--or has she somehow found a way back to seek revenge?Full of white-knuckle tension with deeply human characters caught in circumstances beyond their control, Jennifer McMahon's gripping story and spine-tingling plot prove that she is a master at weaving the fear of the supernatural with the stark realities of life.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
ISBN: 9780061886515
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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JCLHelenH Feb 09, 2015

The past catches up to everyone eventually, and the Compassionate Dismantlers are no exception. The completely unbelievable ending wraps this creepy story up nicely.

MsNavillus Sep 05, 2013

Genuinely scary, clever, and very well-written.

LocketLibrarian Aug 10, 2013

I have been plowing through McMahon's books. I like her writing, I like the darker tone.

I tried really hard to like this one, and it just didn't do it for me. The twists and turns are what keep me coming back, but there were too many improbable twists to keep it together for me.

It's a 2.5 star


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