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Burntown

Jennifer McMahon

Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown." Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered. Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes," Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive. There are the "fire eaters," mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called "the devil's snuff"; there's Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there's Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life. As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer from the Sandeski family's past draws ever closer, a story of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.

Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown." Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered. Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes," Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive. There are the "fire eaters," mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called "the devil's snuff"; there's Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there's Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life. As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer from the Sandeski family's past draws ever closer, a story of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.
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Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown." Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered. Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes," Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive. There are the "fire eaters," mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called "the devil's snuff"; there's Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there's Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life. As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer from the Sandeski family's past draws ever closer, a story of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Abby Craden

Length:

10h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:27


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:24


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:16


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:25


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:10


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:02


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:45


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:48


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:07


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:44


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:32