Burntown by Jennifer McMahon


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People: A fantastic machine that can reunite the living with the dead. A haunting--and dangerous--legacy that could destroy one family for generations.All families have secrets, but Eva Sandeski's family has a secret that someone is willing to kill for.Find out why she's hiding in a mysterious place called Burntown...

Details Burntown

Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherAnchor Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Burntown

  • Linda
    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 cl...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 someh...
  • Melisa
    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 th...
  • Liz
    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 dau...
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    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 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...
  • Frances
    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...
  • Sadie Hartmann
    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 t...
  • Bam
    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 Sandes...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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 People had. What I loved about the Winter People were the dual-timeline and the paranormal aspect of the story. It was thrilling and fascinating to read. Burntown lacked that and the story about Eve (Necco) just never got that intense. At first, it fe...
  • Carlos
    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 book you will find contemporary issues (drugs, lgbt ) and a bit of the supernatural that defies logic, you will also get believable characters and all of this mixes in a good way and it produces a book worth reading . A family that seems to be cursed ...