A Novel

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On the surface, Ashford, Vermont, seems like a quaint New England college town, but to those who live among the shadowy remains of its abandoned mills and factories, and beneath its towering steel bridges, it's known as Burntown. 

Eva Sandeski, who goes by the name Necco on the street, has been a part of Burntown's underworld for years, ever since the night her father, Miles, drowned in a flood that left her and her mother, Lily, homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, this machine got Miles murdered.

Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily also dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from a man called Snake Eyes, Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive. 

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 turns.

Baker & Taylor
In Ashford, Vermont--aka "Burntown"--Eva "Necco" Sandeski's mother dies under mysterious circumstances and her boyfriend is murdered, leading Necco to believe that her mother was right about her deceased father's questionable past as a secretive inventor.

Publisher: Books on Tape 2017/04
ISBN: 9781524781620


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Oct 01, 2018

This is a bit of an odd book. I would say it is mystery with a bit of a supernatural element to it. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first but I thought the characters were really well done and it was a suspenseful, entertaining read with a good pace. I ended up really liking it. If you like mysteries or appreciate good character relationships, I would recommend to pick this one up and try it.

Aug 22, 2018

Honestly, this book was terrible. I only finished it because I really liked Winter People, and wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it was one of those books that you finish and wish you hadn't wasted time forcing yourself through it.
There were too many different concepts and ideas going on throughout the whole thing -- magic, a circus act, family relationships, love interests, etc. It was almost as though the author threw 5 books into one. I wouldn't recommend this book at all.

Aug 13, 2017

After reading the rest of McMahon's collection this story is a real disappointment. Great beginning, loses direction quickly, resolution is obvious and unoriginal. Hard pass.

Jul 02, 2017

This book had potential in the first couple of chapters and appeared very suspenseful. However it lost direction after page 74 and I just became uninterested in finishing it.

ehbooklover May 22, 2017

Jennifer McMahon writes books that are difficult to pigeonhole into one specific genre. This is one of the reasons that I am always drawn to her titles. This particular one has many different elements: romance, mystery, thriller, and a hint of the supernatural. I loved the atmospheric setting and the creepy feel of the story, as well as the quirky characters.

May 03, 2017

such a good book u can not put it down love it

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