Promise Not to Tell

Jennifer McMahon (Author)


A woman's past and present collide in terrifying ways in this explosive debut by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon.

Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother, who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered--a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del--shunned and derided by classmates as "Potato Girl"--was brutally slain. Del's killer was never found, while the victim has since achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now, as this new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying, unexpected ways. Because nothing is quite what it seems . . . and the grim specters of her youth are far from forgotten.

More than just a murder mystery, Jennifer McMahon's extraordinary debut novel, Promise Not to Tell, is a story of friendship and family, devotion and betrayal--tautly written, deeply insightful, beautifully evocative, and utterly unforgettable.

Product Details

William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
April 10, 2007
5.38 X 0.64 X 8.0 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer McMahon is the author of nine novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella. Visit her at or connect with her on Instagram @JenniferMcMahonWrites and Facebook @JenniferMcMahonBooks.


"This assured, ambitious debut novel offers an unusual mix of mystery novel and ghost story..."--Booklist
"Deeply disturbing and darkly compelling..."--Sara Gruen, bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
"Well-plotted suspenseful fun."--Kirkus Reviews
"PROMISE NOT TO TELL takes you through the twisted world of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder."--Pam Lewis, author of SPEAK SOFTLY, SHE CAN HEAR
"A great, dark, spooky book for the summer."--Today Show