Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer McMahon visiting Village Square Booksellers

Jennifer McMahon masterfully builds suspense and combines the excitement of a thriller with the emotion of a family drama. With pitch perfect characters and a gripping plot, DISMANTLED is un-put-downable and sure to please all of McMahon’s fans.  

Jennifer McMahon is the author of the New York Times bestseller Island of the Lost Girls and her breakout debut novel Promise Not To Tell. Her newest novel is Dismantled.

She grew up in suburban Connecticut, and graduated from Goddard College in 1991. Over the years, she has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and has worked with the mentally ill. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella. 

Jennifer's visited the Village Square Booksellers, in Bellows Falls, Vermont, for author signings for each of her books.

Autographed copies available in the bookstore.


Dismantled: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061689338
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Published: Harper - June 16th, 2009

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? Full of white-knuckle tension with deeply human characters caught in circumstances beyond their control, Jennifer McMahon's gripping story and spine-tingling plot prove that she is a master at weaving the fear of the supernatural with the stark realities of life.

Promise Not to Tell: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061143311
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 10th, 2007

Twenty-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.

Island of Lost Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061445880
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 22nd, 2008

The author of the acclaimed "Promise Not to Tell"; returns with a chilling and perfectly plotted story in which crimes of the past and present blend in a mesmerizing tale of mystery. While parked at a gas station, Rhonda sees something so incongruously surreal that at first she hardly recognizes it as a crime in progress. She watches, unmoving, as someone dressed in a rabbit costume kidnaps a young girl. Devastated over having done nothing, Rhonda joins the investigation. But the closer she comes to identifying the abductor, the nearer she gets to the troubling truth about another missing child: her best friend, Lizzy, who vanished years before. From the author of the acclaimed "Promise Not to Tell" comes a chilling and mesmerizing tale of shattered innocence, guilt, and ultimate redemption.

My Tiki Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525479437
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Published: Dutton Juvenile - May 15th, 2008

Outsider Maggie Keller was looking for a friend in Dahlia Wainwright. But Dahlia's friendship--a manic journey into new identities and outrageous behavior--transforms Maggie in ways she could never have imagined. All the tenth-grade girls hate Dahlia Wainwrightaa smart, natural beauty and freaky outsider all in one. And that's "exactly" what Maggie Keller is drawn to, for she herself is an outsider, having withdrawn from the high school elite crowd after a car accident that killed her motheraan accident for which she blames herself. But Dahlia's friendshipaa manic journey into new identities and outrageous behaviora transforms Maggie in ways she could never have imagined. In her stunning first young adult novel, bestselling adult author Jennifer McMahon paints a lush portrait of the healing power of love.