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Burntown
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Burntown

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The major new novel from New York Times bestselling suspense writer Jennifer McMahon.

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
ISBN:0385687036
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    Burntown Reviews

  • Linda O'Donnell
    Feb 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 witne...

  • Diane S ?
    Apr 12, 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...

  • Book of Secrets
    Apr 24, 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 consequ...

  • Liz
    Mar 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 ...

  • Frances
    May 07, 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 sm...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jan 31, 2017

    I read The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon last year and I loved and I was thrilled for the chance to read this book. Burntown, in my opinion, did not have the same intense storyline as The Winter ...

  • Carlos
    Mar 30, 2017

    Well , this book has everything, Mystery, Suspense and good background characters that add meaning to the narrative. I want to thank the folks at Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book. In this b...

  • Sadie Hartmann
    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 ...

  • Amanda
    Jan 08, 2017

    3.5 starsI have been a Jennifer McMahon fan for quite awhile now. Her books tend to defy genre by including a bit of everything in them. This one is no exception. It starts with a murder, and later as...

  • Sheila
    Apr 17, 2017

    3 stars--I liked the book.I've read all of Jennifer McMahon's books, and you never know what to expect from her. I appreciate the boldness of her plots--they get crazy, and I love it.This one combines...