Burntown by Jennifer McMahon

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Eva grew up watching her father, Miles, invent strange and wonderful things in the small workshop behind their house on the river that runs through their old mill town. But the most important invention of all was the one that Miles claimed came from the mind of Thomas Edison himself--a machine that allowed one to speak with loved ones long passed. Smuggled out of Edison's laboratory, the blueprints were passed down to Miles, and he's been using them to protect Eva, her mother, Lily, and her brother, Errol, ever since.

Then, one night when a storm is raging and the river is threatening to flood, the machine whirrs to life on its own. Danger, it says. You're in terrible danger. The next thing Eva knows is waking up on the side of the river and seeing her mother's grim face. Eva's father and brother are dead, their house has been washed away and an evil man is searching for them both. They need to hide.

Eva changes her name to Necco--a candy she always loved--and tries to put everything in her past behind her as she adapts to her new life off the grid. But when her boyfriend is murdered and her mother disappears, she knows that the past is starting to catch up to her.

What really happened the night of the flood? As Necco searches for the truth, her journey unites her with two women who are on desperate quests of their own. And as the trio follows the clues to solving the mystery of Necco's past, they discover that sometimes it's the smallest towns that hold the strangest secrets.

Title : Burntown
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ISBN : 0385687036
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Linda rated it ★★★★☆

February 26, 2017

So take your pick. Burntown by Jennifer McMahon seems to have it all: Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery and Thriller tied up tight and ready to roll. It's June of 1975 and ten year old Miles Sandeski witnesses his own mother's murder as she lays peacefully in a lawn chair. A bizarro figure of a man dr...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

April 13, 2017

3.5 I always have a sense of anticipation when I start reading a new book by this author. One never quite knows what one will get, she manages to defy genre definitions by throwing in a little of this and a little of that. There are murders, a flood, a machine that is said to allow one to communi...

Debra rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

4.5 stars Ten-year-old Miles Sandeski witnesses his Mother being Murdered by a man wearing a chicken mask. Attempting to save his Mother, Miles shoots her killer with his bow and arrow. His father is arrested for her Murder and subsequently commits suicide while in prison. Miles has always stood b...

paulie rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2018

3.444 stars - - - paperback released 01/30/18 this was my first mcmahon title, this being her eighth novel. i appreciate the cover's quote from booklist magazine, "... a stunning genre blend of thriller fantasy," because it helped frame the book's atmosphere in my head. i can't say i've read much...

Melisa rated it ★★★☆☆

October 21, 2017

You never know what you’re in for when you crack open a Jennifer McMahon book, but one thing is always for sure - you will be scared. I am a fan of this author, and this is her most outrageous plot to date - I was put off from this book for awhile due to its synopsis (it sounded like even a bit to...

Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

March 20, 2017

This is a very odd book and I'm not sure what to make of it. It defies easy description. Should it be considered mystery, fantasy, paranormal with a bit of mysticism? And it's unlike McMahon’s past books, which would be considered traditional mysteries. The book begins with Miles witnessing his m...

Book of Secrets ☘ rated it ★★★★☆

May 01, 2017

In the beginning a little boy witnesses a gruesome murder. He inherits stolen plans for an extraordinary machine, and years later he’s able to bring the invention to life, but there are dire consequences. (Coolest machine ever! I wanted more of it.) Now his teenage daughter, known as Necco in the...

Frances rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

Hiding from his Mother behind the rock garden, ten year old Miles Sandeski watches her intently with his trusty bow and arrow by his side. She is relaxing on a lounge chair in a white cotton dress smoking a cigarette, a habit she promised to quit one day. Miles sees someone approaching her, a ma...

Sadie rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 15, 2017

Oh man, I'm disheartened to give this review. 2.5 stars from me here. Let me start by giving you my history with Jennifer McMahon. Back in the day, like way back when, I read, Promise Not to Tell and Don't Breathe a Word. I loved both of them. So I'm a fan--those were 'thrilling mysteries'--origi...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2017

3.5 stars rounded up i love a title that has multiple meanings burntown starts so slow and as a reader i felt like i was trying to start a fire rubbing 2 sticks together as i read the first quarter, then it starts to spark and sizzle and after the halfway mark it starts to roar a big ole fire of a...

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