Burntown

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    Hardcover ñ Burntown MOBI ´ his teenage daughter from becoming the next victim the murderer wants something, held within Miles family in the small industrial New England town of Ashton, and will fatally pursue each generation for what s desiredBurntown unfolds as the story of Miles s daughter when she emerges from an incident intended to kill her, with a loss of memory and a total dislocation from the life she has known Necco, as she comes to be known, embarks on a life as a kind of fugitive, hiding as an outsider in the town s abandoned corners Ashton s underbelly, Burntown reliant on kind strangers for her survival a boyfriend who is himself a run away, the mystical women known as the fire eaters who give her shelter in a camp by the river, practicing sooth and seeing through the altered reality of powerful herbs they call The Devil s Snuff, Theo, a high school senior who finds herself caught up in a romantic affair that compels her to sell drugs to students and teachers at Our Lady of Hope high school, and Pru, the cafeteria lady there, Theo s best customer, who dreams of being beautiful, talented, and adored in another life The lives of these misfits lost teens and adults intersect in a crime that implicates them all, and as they flee the police and the real killer who continues to hunt Necco, a story unfurls that is edge of your seat suspenseful with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 287
  • Burntown
  • Jennifer McMahon
  • English
  • 07 September 2019
  • 0385541368

About the Author: Jennifer McMahon

Hardcover ñ Burntown MOBI ´ burntown epub, BurntownBurntown EpubI m the author of seven suspense novels, including Promise Not to Telll, The Winter People, and most recently,The Night SisterI live in central Vermont with my partner and daughter, in an old Victorian that some neighbors call The Addams Family house.


BurntownHardcover ñ Burntown MOBI ´ burntown epub, BurntownBurntown EpubThe New York Times best selling author of The Winter People and Promise Not to Tell returns with a riveting psychological thriller in which an unresolved murder haunts a family for generations, forcing one daughter into a life of hiding and concealed identity to escape a deadly threat On a brilliantly sunny summer afternoon, ten year old Miles Sandeski witnesses the murder of his mother as she sunbathes in their suburban backyard When he emerges from a hidden play space to disrupt the crime, Miles scares off the killer, but he is left with a powerful clue that will compel him to pursue the murderer and seek an understanding of the horrifying event for decades Years later, secretly aware of the killer s identity and what he is after, Miles will try to protect his teenage daughter from becoming the next victim the murderer wants something, held within Miles family in the small industrial New England town of Ashton, and will fatally pursue each generation for what s desiredBurntown unfolds as the story of Miles s daughter when she emerges from an incident intended to kill her, with a loss of memory and a total dislocation from the life she has known Necco, as she comes to be known, embarks on a life as a kind of fugitive, hiding as an outsider in the town s abandoned corners Ashton s underbelly, Burntown reliant on kind strangers for her survival a boyfriend who is himself a run away, the mystical women known as the fire eaters who give her shelter in a camp by the river, practicing sooth and seeing through the altered reality of powerful herbs they call The Devil s Snuff, Theo, a high school senior who finds herself caught up in a romantic affair that compels her to sell drugs to students and teachers at Our Lady of Hope high school, and Pru, the cafeteria lady there, Theo s best customer, who dreams of being beautiful, talented, and adored in another life The lives of these misfits lost teens and adults intersect in a crime that implicates them all, and as they flee the police and the real killer who continues to hunt Necco, a story unfurls that is edge of your seat suspenseful with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.

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10 thoughts on “Burntown

  1. Linda says:

    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 dressed in a chicken suit approaches her from behind and does the deed Miles promises to find her murderer His father s drowning shortly afterwards is claimed to be a suicide.Years pass and Miles has a f 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 dressed in a chicken suit approaches her from behind and does the deed Miles promises to find her murderer His father s drowning shortly afterwards is claimed to be a suicide.Years pass and Miles has a family of his own living in an old farmhouse on a dead end road Miles becomes a professor at Two Rivers College He has in his possession some stolen plans of Thomas Edison He eventually builds a machine that has the capability to speak with the dead Miles is desperate to hear his mother reveal the name of her murderer and divulge the identity of the Chicken Man.But a terrible rainstorm and a threatening flood causes Miles to switch his plans As the flood waters inch their way up to the house and shed, he instructs his son, Errol, to destroy the machine Miles tells his daughter, Eva, to run to safety with her mother, Lily Eva wakes with a gash in the back of her head and Lily tells her that both Miles and Errol have drown Eva has no memory of the incident and the two are on their own living in an abandoned mill and eventually under a bridge called Burntown.It s at this juncture that you will meet a cast of off the wall characters including Fire Eaters with mystical talents and a dangerous figure called Snake Eyes The first half of the storyline has you locked in tight Then McMahon opens the spicket wide during the second half and you feel the nudge of not taking this all so serious Yep, there s murder and mayhem, but the circus does come to town in the end.I kicked this up to a 4 star for the wild imaginings that take place here This is certainly not on the same level as The Winter People in which McMahon writes beautifully of a family living on the edge of existence Burntown is a tree growing from an entirely different acorn A good read, but not my favorite of McMahon s previous books.I received a copy of Burntown through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Doubleday Books and to Jennifer McMahon for the opportunity

  2. Diane S ☔ says:

    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 communicate with the dead, a man in a chicken mask and other really out there elements The characters are vastly strange and should not work together but somehow they do, or so I thought Loved the obese circu 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 communicate with the dead, a man in a chicken mask and other really out there elements The characters are vastly strange and should not work together but somehow they do, or so I thought Loved the obese circus lady, Hannah the young girl who is way out of her element, the fire ladies who snort devil s dust that enables them to have visions and of course Necco, who once had a different name and has already lost so much There is even a hero, the imagined strongman of the circus lady.So while this plot is definitely out there I found it strangely entertaining The ending was a little too pat but I did enjoy the journey Regardless of one s reception of this book it is hard to deny that this author has one amazing imagination.ARC from DoubledayPublishes April 25, 2017ARC

  3. Debra says:

    4.5 starsTen 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 by his story that his father did not kill his Mother, but a man in a chicken suit did.Eva Sandeski loved watching her father build in his workshop He built wonderful things with hidden compartments where 4.5 starsTen 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 by his story that his father did not kill his Mother, but a man in a chicken suit did.Eva Sandeski loved watching her father build in his workshop He built wonderful things with hidden compartments where he would leave little trinkets for her to find His most important invention really Thomas Edison s is a device that allows a person to talk to the dead The blueprints were left to Miles by his father who had them handed down to him.One night a terrible storm rages and the river near the Sandeski family home begins to rise As the family begins to prepare to avoid being flooded, the machine turns on and Miles Mother s voice is heard telling them there was danger and He s here The next thing Eva remembers she is lying on the riverbank and her Mother tells her that her Father and brother are both dead, they no longer have a home and they need to hide because they are still in danger.Eva and her Mother are rescued by an interesting group of women known as the fire eaters Eva s Mother soon becomes one of them and they change their names Eva decides to change her name to Necco after the candy she loved as a child Necco Eva finds herself alone after her Mother s suicide and begins living in an abandoned car with her boyfriend Hermes Then one day she wakes up to find her boyfriend has been murdered and she is considered a suspect She is not the only character in this book There is sweet lovable Pru who dreams of having her own circus Mr Marcelle, who has always been kind to Pru, is the strong man of her dreams He makes deliveries to the school where Pru works, but he also works as a private investigator He has been hired to find a missing person and will not stop until he has answers Then there is Theo a lonely high school student who gets into a bad situation, after experiencing love for the first time Theo is the catalyst for Pru and Necco Eva meeting the three of them form a bond and band together to try and figure out what happened to Theo s missing money, who killed Necco Eva s boyfriend, who is the chicken man, and what really happened the night that Eva s father and brother died Whew This book is full of secrets, but they are all tied together I am not even sure how to classify this book Is it a mystery Yes Is it a thriller Yes Are there some supernatural elements Yes Basically, this book has something for everyone While reading this book, I kept thinking how this also felt like it had the vibe of an Alice Hoffman book By that I mean, the mixing of paranormal with fiction, with mystery, with romance I think this takes a special skill to pull off and McMahon did it beautifully The way she wove her story really worked This book was oddly compelling, and I read devoured this book There were lots of characters in this book and eventually all of their stories connect in the end While reading the book, I kept wondering about her brother While reading, I scratched my head thinking thought Eva was an only child then hmmmm why isn t her brother mentioned in any news articles but that is answered in the book Again, everything really does tie together in the end I know I have been saying that a lot in this review but it is true.In short, I really enjoyed this book I also loved The Winter People by McMahon These books are entirely different, but both were such a pleasure to read This book is different but wonderfully so It is almost like a circus One needs to suspend some disbelief while reading this It s worth it, by the way I can t say that there is anything about his book that I did not like I really enjoyed how the story unraveled Things are not always as they seem and those who loves us, sometimes lie to us to keep us safe Small towns harbor and hold secrets until eventually the dam breaks and they come pouring out.I received this book from Doubleday and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Seeof my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  4. Melisa says:

    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 too much for me but I m so glad I finally gave it a chance She manages to take the supernatural and blend it with reality in a way that seems like this could actually happen And she manages to scare you 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 too much for me but I m so glad I finally gave it a chance She manages to take the supernatural and blend it with reality in a way that seems like this could actually happen And she manages to scare you in a way that no one else can It s not overt violence and scary situations though there is some violence in this one , but an underlying sense of creepiness at every turn.We have chapters told from several points of view which definitely enhances the overall storyline Getting different perspectives on what is happening from multiple characters only adds to the character development This was the perfect book to read during Halloween time It has a certain Twin Peaks vibe about it There are fire eaters, the Great Flood, a man in a chicken mask and Thomas Edison secret inventions If that doesn t pique your interest, then I don t know what will

  5. Liz says:

    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 mother s murder Later, as an adult, he goes on to develop an invention that can talk to the dead Shortly thereafter, he s killed in a flood His daughter survives but is living as a homeless person The 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 mother s murder Later, as an adult, he goes on to develop an invention that can talk to the dead Shortly thereafter, he s killed in a flood His daughter survives but is living as a homeless person Then there s an unrelated high school girl who gets caught up in a drug ring Got all that And that s just the first quarter of the book It s an interesting read in its own way It took a while before it grabbed me The second half was definitely faster paced than the first And it s a book that requires you to suspend your normal belief system My thanks to netgalley and Doubleday for an advance copy of this novel

  6. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    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 original and interesting.Then I read The Winter People and I LOVED that book My favorite from McMahon to date thrilling enough to almost be horror it was that scary at times.But then came The Night Sister 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 original and interesting.Then I read The Winter People and I LOVED that book My favorite from McMahon to date thrilling enough to almost be horror it was that scary at times.But then came The Night Sister side eye emoji that book was not great The writing was all over the map and super repetitive to me and it annoyed me a great deal I felt irritated and bored at the same time.Now we have Burntown and I hate to admit this but I had the same problems with this book that I had with Night Sister Let me try to describe it It s as though there is a really good idea here for the plot McMahon knows in her writer brain where this is going and how the story is going to end She alone, knows the twists and the turns but how she gets there and how she takes us on this journey to the end is not executed well at all.This book had all the potential in the world in the beginning So much mystery and engaging characters there was even this spooky, paranormal element that I enjoyed and was seriously hoping that was going to get full blown and develop.I invested in the characters, Necco, Theo, Prubut you know what I stopped caring for the characters and what happened to them, they didn t emote to me Example Something really terrible happens to someone close to our main protagonist, Necco and she barely reacts to it, other than running away to a secret hideout and taking care of herself first It didn t feel real.The mysterious happenings become confusing and discombobulated The flashbacks become unreliable The paranormal element takes a back burner Nothing felt real especially the threat The danger, it wasn t grounded.The plot unraveled and I wasn t anticipating the big reveals any The whole thing lost so much steam for me that by the end, I was already over it and waiting for the finish.Such a bummer for me, really.A thriller Not even close I m REALLY, really tired of books calling themselves thrillers when they re not, they re just stories When I buy a thriller, I want to be thrilled Lol Read The Winter People, that was a thriller Skip Burntown

  7. Book of Secrets says:

    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 wantedof it Now his teenage daughter, known as Necco in the strange place called Burntown, is on the run from a killer intent on wiping out her family Luckily Necco falls in with an eclectic group of outsiders, and together they set out to solve the mystery of 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 wantedof it Now his teenage daughter, known as Necco in the strange place called Burntown, is on the run from a killer intent on wiping out her family Luckily Necco falls in with an eclectic group of outsiders, and together they set out to solve the mystery of her family s past.I enjoy Jennifer McMahon s books, and her latest, BURNTOWN, did not disappoint The writing in this novel has a mysterious and lyrical quality Alice Hoffman ish which I loved This book had many elements suspense, mystery, the supernatural, and a coming of age story that all came together for a unique and exciting read.Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  8. Frances says:

    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 man wearing a rubber chicken mask His Mother knows him and is soon laughing at something he has said, not seeing the blade held in his hand The Chicken Man is out for vengeance and will not cease hi 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 man wearing a rubber chicken mask His Mother knows him and is soon laughing at something he has said, not seeing the blade held in his hand The Chicken Man is out for vengeance and will not cease his personal mission until each member of this family is dead Author Jennifer McMahon has written an imaginative, mystical, vivid tale with many whimsical and endearing characters Burn Town is recommended to all readers who enjoy a thoughtful, original, and very descriptive story Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway and Author Jennifer McMahon for my free copy won recently

  9. Paul says:

    3.5 stars rounded upi 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 novel however although the writing was strong throughout relative to macmahon s other books i didnt like this one as much and so cant strongly recommend it unless you are big fan of author and want to r 3.5 stars rounded upi 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 novel however although the writing was strong throughout relative to macmahon s other books i didnt like this one as much and so cant strongly recommend it unless you are big fan of author and want to read something vastly different from the winter people and night sister

  10. Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    Jennifer McMahon s latest book is a murder mystery laced with supernatural elements Miles Sandeski was 10 years old when he witnessed his mother s brutal murder by a masked man His father was suspected of the crime and was later found drowned, a presumed suicide One of the things Miles inherited from his father were the plans to a strange invention something that Thomas Edison had drawn up, plans which were stolen by an ancestor of the Sandeskis Many years later, Miles succeeds in assemblin Jennifer McMahon s latest book is a murder mystery laced with supernatural elements Miles Sandeski was 10 years old when he witnessed his mother s brutal murder by a masked man His father was suspected of the crime and was later found drowned, a presumed suicide One of the things Miles inherited from his father were the plans to a strange invention something that Thomas Edison had drawn up, plans which were stolen by an ancestor of the Sandeskis Many years later, Miles succeeds in assembling a machine from the plans and opens a door to another realm with disastrous results There is a night that marks a Before and an After in his family s lives and the events of that night send his wife and daughter into hiding Can his young daughter discover the truth before it is too late My rating is actually somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for this one I ve read only one other of McMahon s books, The Winter People, which I thought was muchsuspenseful and eerie But I liked this mystery enough that it has awakened an interest in me to read her others The mystery was pretty decent, although I spotted one of the plot twists early on and was curious about what was going on with that small bump in the storyline I personally didn t care for the use of hallucinatory drugs as a means for self revelation in the story Can t we be goddesses without drugs Thanks to the Doubleday Keep Turning Pages group for a hardcover copy of this book through their giveaway