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Jane Was Here [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Kernochan
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


The arrival of a young woman named Jane to the little New England town of Graynier sets in motion fateful events that devastatingly touch the lives of its residents. Partial memories of past-life experiences in Graynier make Jane determined to find out what had happened to her. She finds her childhood home currently rented out to Brett and his young son, Collin, for the summer. Brett's odd protective feelings toward Jane encourage him to help her. Strange sensations and images also begin to occur to other residents as they encounter Jane. Memories of his psychotically religious mother make caretaker Hoyt nosedive completely into alcoholism. Local maid and prostitute Marly turns from her usually optimistic sunny self to a surly walking disaster as nightmares plague her. The past disastrously reenacts itself in the present as Jane gets closer to the truth.

*Verdict* Kernochan, a screenwriter (*What Lies Beneath*; *9 ½ Weeks*) explores the possibilities of reincarnation through this suspenseful tale. Small-town characters are deftly brought to life as the author slowly unveils the fateful conclusion. -- Library Journal

The sudden appearance of a young woman called Jane in rural Graynier, Mass., propels this absorbing novel of reincarnation and karmic balances from filmmaker Kernochan, the winner of two Academy Awards for documentaries. Website designer Brett Sampson and his estranged 10-year-old son, Collin, are supposed to spend their summer together bonding. Instead, Brett becomes obsessed with Jane after she shows up at their rented Victorian house, claiming it was her childhood home, and Collin spends his time with Gita Poonchwalla, a slightly older Indian girl who converts him to her own unique religion. Local residents, including caretaker Hoyt Eddy and floozy Marly Walczak, get caught up in the mystery of Jane, whom PI Dick Fancher claims is actually Caroline Moss, a missing autistic woman. Kernochan (Dry Hustle) illuminates the small lives of her characters while skillfully interweaving their past and present incarnations. -- Publishers Weekly

Sarah Kernochan's highly original and unpredictable Jane Was Here is not your father's horror story. Its inexorably harrowing and impelling forces drive a storyline about reincarnation, ghostly presences, the paranormal, and matters of misery, mystery, and imagination raring to overwhelm the denizens of an anti-Mayberry locale in which an enigmatic and ethereal young woman calling herself Jane shows up at Brett and Collin's rented Victorian house. ..Kernochan, an Oscar winning filmmaker and screenwriter whose credits include the supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath, brings out the same kind of craftsmanship to this nerve-jangling but cohesive volume of paranormal suspense, with its cinematic vividness and well-considered attention to detail. The twists and turns have their own twists and turns, and the butler did it as sure as a bolt from the blue. All you'll really know, however, is that you must keep reading... and lose a little sleep while you try to ignore those pesky bumps in the night. -- Blogcritics

"A unique tale of karmic revenge that captivates from page one." -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Author Sarah Kernochan, an Oscar-winning filmmaker and screenwriter, explores reincarnation and the paranormal as she fashions a suspense story out of two Janes separated by two centuries. Jane Was Here is sure to be enjoyed by fans of The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveler's Wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0980037727
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grey Swann Press, Inc. (June 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054M8LSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Where do you go when your only memories seem to stem from a life not your own? Who do you call family when those who birthed you are but strangers? Meet Jane...a woman lost in the past who must find herself before she is lost once again in the present.

When Jane enters the small town of Graynier, it is familiar in a way that it shouldn't be, given that she's never been there before. But she has. She hangs onto this certainty as she claims for herself a house that is being occupied by a young man and his son. "This is my home" she tells the confused Brett at 3 a.m. on a rainy night. Her quest for herself creates a karmic ripple through the whole town as author Sarah Kernochan weaves a tale rich with unique characters each stuck in their own story of life.

Kernochan brings the best of her screenwriting skills to this perfectly paced, riveting suspense. With beautifully lyrical language, rich characterization and a lush setting ripe with drama, this is a must read book that you will not be able to put down until the last word is read...and then you will want more and more!

Jane is a fascinating woman, transplanted into an era not her own, who fights to reclaim herself while discovering the truth of her former life. I was completely engaged in her quest through all the unexpected twists and turns. JANE WAS HERE is a novel for anyone who enjoys a great read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one man she can love August 12, 2011
When I first started reading Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan, I felt a little lost. While the author did a great job telling the story, it just didn't dawn on me what was happening. The book was a puzzle that I felt the need to put together.

As I kept reading Jane Was Here, the story started to come together and make sense. The author took the time to give us a little history of the main characters of the story, it is important to pay attention because it will make sense in the end.

Just judging by the title, you can guess the book is about Jane. Jane wanders into a town where she's never been to and finds a house that she's never lived in and knocks on the door. She announces that she used to live here and that it's her house! Through Jane's eyes, she is searching in the present to figure out her past. She's trying to figure out how everything in town is so familiar. The people are different and nobody recognizes her.

Brett Sampson is the current renter of the home that Jane claims to be hers. He immediately feels close to her and feels the need to protect her. Marly works at the local bed & breakfast as a housekeeper and Hoyt is a property manager of an estate. Pay attention to the Brett, Marly, and Hoyt as they are important pieces to the puzzle.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Jane Was Here. Every piece of the puzzle was tied together perfectly and made sense. During her quest, Jane learned the truth, she found her answers, she found her past, her present, and got her revenge. Moments before she died in the past, she realized how her "not so true love" truly felt about her and how quickly his feelings could turn against her. In the present, she found the one man that will always love her and reunite with him! This book contains mystery, suspense, romance, history, karma, reincarnation, and the paranormal. This is a must read! You will be left stunned! The characters come to life on the page!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, highly engaging - highly recommended! June 23, 2011
In "Jane Was Here," Sarah Kernochan has created a stunning and remarkable story that grabbed me at the first sentence and didn't let me go until I had devoured the entire story. Moving smoothly and quickly, the story has so many levels that if I tried to explain what it was all about, I'd completely spoil it for you, the future reader of this amazing book.

Who is Jane? She arrives in Granynier, searching for answers. She invites herself into a house rented for the summer by Brett so he could spend the summer with his son Collin; Brett is immediately taken with her, but Collin hates her. She claims she was born in the house, but as Brett researches the past of the house he finds it is impossible, as it has been owned by its current owner for 30 years and Jane is in her early 20s. Eventually a private investigator shows up, claiming the girl's name is Caroline and that she is autistic and her parents are searching for her. Jane insists that while they may have birthed her, they are not her parents and she is not Caroline. Is she crazy, or is she a reincarnation?

Questions abound in this book, which is beautifully atmospheric. There are many characters moving through the story, but Ms. Kernochan (who was kind enough to provide me a copy of her wonderful book so I could write this review for you to read) does such a wonderful job at giving them all individual traits and characteristics that it is easy to keep track of whom is who. I can't stress enough that you should give this book a read - it's really amazing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes the biggest pleasures in life come from stepping outside what you know and trying something different. A book like "Jane Was Here" by Sarah Kernochan (@SarahKernochan) isn't something I might normally pick up to read -- I usually like some creature(s) with my paranormal -- but man, am I glad I did.

Thrilling and suspenseful, "Jane" has everything, and I mean everything, that I love in a story -- and more. Sharply-drawn characters, clear and engaging prose, and an intriguing and beguiling plot with many sub-plots that intertwine and then spin off on their own, only to come crashing back together.

Add to that some real eerie events, told vividly and without breaking the overarching narrative, and you've got a story that had me hooked from page 1. At several points I simply couldn't put my Kindle down without reading one more chapter. In fact, I stopped everything I was doing yesterday afternoon to read the final sixteen chapters: I simply had to know all of the story's secrets.

The conclusion left me both satisfied and not -- but in a good way. While pleased to have all revealed -- much of which was beyond my wildest imaginings while progressing through the book -- I would gladly have had more of such an intelligent and deeply-drawn story. For a reader, a book like this makes you hungry to find out if the next story you read will be just as good.

"Jane Was Here" opens with a young woman arriving at the town of Graynier, Massachusetts. Graynier was built in the early 1800s around a glass factory, and true to that blue-collar beginning down through the years it hasn't been the charming New England village written about in so many romance novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what do you even call this
I would say this is hands down the oddest book I have ever read. It's not a genre I usually choose from but it caught my attention and held it.
Published 1 day ago by Jean Volpe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Page by Page Knockout
Jane shows up on a stranger's doorstep and says, “This is my house. I was born in this house.” From the initial confusion arises a carefully laid tapestry of metaphysical and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drew Farnsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars A true puzzle
Loved this book. Can't say enough good about the pacing, character and style. Every plot twist had me guessing and every revelation satisfied.
Published 1 month ago by Roger
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book
At first, I found this book confusing. The writing was odd. The first few chapters followed a lot of characters. I stuck with the book, and by 25% in, I was happy I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well I made it to the end. Interesting story a bit strange. I am disappointed with the end. However would consider this author again.
Published 3 months ago by S. Taylor-wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention!
Well written. Intriguing concept. A little slow at first but it soon caught my attention and held it. I liked it.
Published 4 months ago by Terry Hull
4.0 out of 5 stars jane was Here
Positively engrossing and somewhat spooky! Reincarnation at its best. Really hard to put down! Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do recommend reading it.
Published 4 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and beautifully written!
Who is Jane? How does she just seem to float around town like a feather in the wind. She claims to have lived there before, but no one remembers the pale, thin girl in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert J. Saniscalchi
2.0 out of 5 stars Was a hard book to read...
The preview sounded great but once I started reading it I had a hard time following and keeping interested with the book.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heather Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry I got as far as page 30, should have stopped sooner
I probably shouldn't post this as I couldn't get past page 30 and if I got that far and couldn't get into the characters I've had enough. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David A. Ader
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I am a writer of fiction, film, and music. I scripted such films as the notorious 9 and ½ Weeks, Sommersby, Impromptu (personal favorite), What Lies Beneath, and All I Wanna Do which I also directed. Both my documentaries, Marjoe and Thoth, won Academy Awards. Attending the Oscars as a nominee in the documentary category is fairly humiliating as everyone ignores you. In fact the subject of my second doc, a street musician named Thoth, was stopped 3 times by the security guards.

But my first ambition was always to write novels. William Morrow published Dry Hustle in 1977. It had a healthy success and is now being reissued as an ebook. I hope people will at least download a sample here on amazon. Fair warning: the book is really raunchy. I was anything but respectable in those days.

My second novel, Jane Was Here, is something completely different. I have long believed in reincarnation, so I really enjoyed devising a mystery-suspense story that spans 150 years, examining the karmic links between a woman's mysterious disappearance in 1853 and her reincarnated self in the present day.

Formerly an RCA recording artist, I continue to write music, posting songs on my website and myspace. I live in New York with my husband James Lapine.

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