Biography

Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer was born in 1968 and grew up in her grandmother's house in suburban Connecticut, where she was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. She wrote her first short story in third grade. Jennifer graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and she decided to take some time to think about whether she wanted to write poetry or fiction.

After bouncing around the country, Jennifer wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water or phone with her partner, Drea, while they built our own house. Over the years, Jennifer has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness --- she quit her last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. In 2004, Jennifer gave birth to their daughter, Zella. These days, they're living in an old Victorian in Montpelier, Vermont. Some neighbors think it looks like the Addams family house, which brings Jennifer immense pleasure.

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Books by Jennifer McMahon

by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Suspense

Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper and Piper's kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel's past, something that ruined their friendship forever. Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused.

by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

In 1908, Sara Harrison Shea was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace.

by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

A serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women during the summer of 1985. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and displays their bodies around town. Just when 13-year-old Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found, yet there’s no body. Twenty-five years later, Reggie learns that her mother has been found alive. She must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.

by Jennifer McMahon - Crime, Fiction, Horror

On a soft summer night in Vermont, 12-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen. 15 years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn’t fear the dark and doesn’t have bad dreams --- who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own, but suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurances.

by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

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.

by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural Thriller

41-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 the brutal slaying of Kate's childhood friend, Del, three decades earlier. 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.