"Dismantlement Equals Freedom. To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart."
Confession: I have a lot of books on my To Be Read shelves. I have bookcases that are only filled with To Be Read books. And yet, sometimes I can't resist revisiting an old favorite.
Anything by Jennifer McMahon is automatically an old favorite for me.
Dismantled has a fascinating premise. Four people were part of a group in college called The Compassionate Dismantlers, and their purpose was to make themselves and the world free by breaking everything and everyone down. But some of their pranks went too far, and a member died.
This death has reverberations through to the present day. One half of the group is now married with a little girl they conceived during the days of The Compassionate Demantlers. One member has disappeared. And someone they all knew well has committed suicide after receiving a mysterious postcard.
Add in an eerie imaginary friend that may just be real, sightings of a woman who may very well be a ghost, and the mystery of what really happened all those years ago, and you've got a book you won't be able to put down. I had a block of free time yesterday, and despite having read this book before, I curled up with this book for hours until I finished it.
In some of her earlier books, you can see McMahon still attempting to completely nail down her trademark style of supernatural, psychological, and mystery. The ending packs a punch, but seems a little rushed, and a little unbelievable even within the otherworldly atmosphere of the story. But what is amazing about McMahon is that even when she isn't at her absolute best, she is still incredible.