Thursday, June 17, 2010
Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon
Fast forward ten years. Henry and Tess have married and have a daughter, Emma, who was conceived that summer. They are separated although still living in the same house and getting more and more distant from each other. Emma, desparate to find a way to get her parents back together, searches their studios and finds evidence of The Dismantlers. She sends a postcard to each member whose address she can find, writing only their motto: "DISMANTLEMENT = FREEDOM. To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart."
As the postcards are delivered, strange things start happening. Some of the members come back to town, and perhaps others have also secretly returned. Is the tragedy, hidden for a decade, about to be discovered? Have some members return to get revenge? McMahon rachets up the tension from page to page until the reader can't determine reality from fantasy.
Wow, this book is amazing. The suspense level is intense with multiple plot twists and turns. The reader is sure they know what is happening and then a page turns and everything is different from what was perceived. The characters are realistic, and the group leader, Suz, is so vivid that the reader expects to look up and see her striding into their room. This book is recommended for mystery/suspense fans.