Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan ~ Crazy Book Tour with review

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Grey Swan Press (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980037727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980037722

Synopsis from Goodreads:
A mysterious young woman calling herself Jane turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town's inhabitants. As Jane's memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back in time to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide.

My take on this book:
Brett is a father who has always paid child support but decides he wants to connect with his son Collin. So when Collin's mother decides to let Brett take Collin for eight weeks over the summer they wander around and finally wind up in the town of Graynier where they rent a house for the summer from a minister who has went to visit his mother for the summer. When a woman named Jane shows up on the doorstep at three in the morning  saying that it is her house, Brett thinks she might be the ministers daughter. Soon though he learns that Jane believes that she was born in the house but seems to know little else other than the fact that she has no place else to go, and sort of invites herself to stay. Just who is the mysterious Jane? 

This was a story that developed in such a way that the more I read the more questions I had. I thought the character of Jane was quite intriguing. When she first shows up in the story I couldn't help but wonder who she was and what she was doing in the town. As the bits and pieces of the story fall together we learn not only who she is/or was but the dark past of the town as well. Most of the secondary characters in the story were far from likable, but really kept the story moving. While parts of the story were in the present tense, there was also a historical aspect that I enjoyed. 
While this story was a bit slow to start for me once it got going I just couldn't put it down. A story  filled with mystery, suspense, reincarnation and the paranormal rolled together with a bit of romance, that held my attention until the final page.

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About the author:
Sarah Kernochan is a multi-faceted writer of fiction, film, and music. She scripted such films as "9 and ½ Weeks," "Sommersby," "Impromptu," "What Lies Beneath," and "All I Wanna Do" which she also directed. Both her documentaries, "Marjoe" and "Thoth," won Academy Awards. Formerly an RCA recording artist, she continues to write music, posting songs on her website and Written in her twenties,"Dry Hustle" was her first published novel. Her second, "Jane Was Here," was published in hardcover and ebook form in June 2011. Currently she continues to work in film, and lives in New York with her husband James Lapine. To learn more about the author visit her website

rating 4/5

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