Review: Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon for TLC Book Tours

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Title:Dismantled
Author:McMahon, Jennifer
Publisher:Harper
Pages:432

From Goodreads:Dismantlement = Freedom

Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following the first rule of their manifesto–”To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart”–these daring misfits spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods committing acts of meaningful vandalism and plotting elaborate, often dangerous, pranks. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz’s death and the others decide to cover it up.

Nearly a decade later, Henry and Tess are living just an hour’s drive from the old cabin. Each is desperate to move on from the summer of the Dismantlers, but their guilt isn’t ready to let them go. When a victim of their past pranks commits suicide–apparently triggered by a mysterious Dismantler-style postcard–it sets off a chain of eerie events that threatens to engulf Henry, Tess, and their inquisitive nine-year-old daughter, Emma.

Is there someone who wants to reveal their secrets? Is it possible that Suz did not really die–or has she somehow found a way back to seek revenge?

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I was late getting this book some kind of mail mishap but as soon as it arrived I began reading. I took the book with me to NYC for BEA thinking I would have loads of time to read, which I didn’t so I ended up plowing through the book when I got home.

At first I wasn’t a big fan of the book. The initial 150 pages or so had me confused and annoyed with the characters. I usually do not mind having less than likable characters but Tess and Henry were so unlikable that I wanted to smack them. The ghost Donner and the daughter of Tess and Henry had an odd interaction that well to be honest kind of creeped me out but I suppose that is what McMahon was going for.

The writing while perfect and engaging left me wishing for less perfect prose and more story evolution. I felt I was skimming through a lot of padding to get to the main context of the plot. However when bits of plot showed themselves I was dying to know what was going to happen next.

This book is a coming of age mixed with a coming of middle age. Tess, Henry, and their daughter have a lot of secrets and issues that need to be worked out. I enjoyed reading the prose although it was a bit daunting at times.

If you like mystery or a good old fashioned creepy ghost story than you will love Dismantled.

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7 Responses so far

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    Hm, this both sounds interesting and not interesting. I guess it depends on how well I connect with the writing. I’ll hold off reserve for now…

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    I love reviews with good and bad comments. Makes the book even more interesting to me.

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    Is this the author’s first book? I was wondering since you said there seemed to be some, well, filler in there. I read a book on writing that said if it doesn’t move the story along, throw it away. It’s good advice because I know as a reader I can’t stand filler either.

    I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green and this plot synopsis reminded me of the pranks they played in Green’s book.

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    Thanks for being on this tour, Pam! I’m glad you ultimately liked it, and I know what it’s like to be reading a book and just be getting snippets of fantastic plot. The balance of plot/development is a fine line!

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    Coming of age mixed with coming of middle age! A great description (and a great sentence in general!). I read this last year, and while this was not the kind of book I usually read, I liked it. Here’s my review:

    http://bibliofreakblog.com/fiction/dismantled-iby-jennifer-mcmahoni/

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    This is my new favorite book! I love it !!! It was so intriguing, so suspenseful!! Can;t wait to read more of her stuff!

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    does anyone know how suz dies?

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