- Hardcover: 330 pages
- Publisher: Grey Swan Press (June 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980037727
- ISBN-13: 978-0980037722
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Publishers Weekly, May 9 2011:
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, skillfully interweaving past and present incarnations.
Blogcritics, June 6 2011:
...a 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. All youâ€™ll really know is that you must keep reading...and lose a little sleep while you try to ignore those pesky bumps in the night.
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
"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.
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Half way through the book, Part 2 begins. Again, I was not sure I liked it. The storytelling was one sided via letters written in "old" English. I stuck with it and began to enjoy it again.
The third part of the book was interesting. There was more action, more intrigue. But when it came to the climax of the book, I was disappointed. Perhaps it was because I had figured out what was going on, and I wasn't surprised. Perhaps it was because the reason for everything was simplistic. The last 10% of the book was ok, but not what I was expecting.
Overall, the author has great word choices. She has a creative topic and theme, but the resolution of the theme is not really a "got you" or exciting conclusion. I am not really sure how I feel about the ending. My feelings about the ending lead me to the opinion that this is a decent book, but not great.
I gave this story 5 stars because I found both the story and it's subject thought-provoking. I do recommend this book it's a great read. Enjoy! 😊
What stood out for me most was how real, how human, the characters are. Their flaws (some are much more flawed than others) are there for us to see, which makes it much easier for the reader identify with these people. The overarching story follows Jane, who is trying to find out who she is by digging (literally and figuratively) into a very distant past that she’s convinced included her. But it soon becomes obvious that each of the characters in the book is trying to discover and realize themselves, each in his or her own way: connecting with estranged family members, by dabbling in religion, going from bed to bed — or diving into a bottle of booze.
I would highly recommend Jane Was Here to anyone, but especially to those who, like me, are not fans of the genre. Jane Was Here will change that.
It's obvious that the author has a firm hold on the period of time that the reincarnation of Jane was born from. The novel is rich in dialogue from that era; and one of the more interesting aspects of the novel is that it touches on a period of time when letter writing was the supreme form of communication- especially between two unrequited lovers.
The main character, Jane, is hauntingly but beautifully intriguing and she will move you and entice you to follow her all the way through the avenues and hills of her town, and through the pages of this novel, to the amazing and incredible twist of an ending.
The next time you feel compelled to wander through an antique shop or you feel forces pulling you to read letters of old from the long gone dead- consider the possibility that your fascination and eerie connection to these aged objects is more than a passing interest. Jane experienced a type of deja vu that forced her to confront her past- and to ultimately gain justice that had alluded her for more than 150 years.
Sarah Kernochan demonstrates her writing prowess, seamlessly shifting time periods and language styles. Jane Was Here is a wondrous web at times mystical, paranormal, and visceral with gritty realism. I found the story to be Stephen King-esque in its ability to reveal the underbelly of human behavior in a small town setting. The suspense of discovering Jane's past leads the reader on her daring present journey in a race against the future.
There is no doubt the author is a polished professional and deserves high praise for this masterpiece of paranormal suspense! I look forward to reading more of Sarah Kernochan's work!
Most recent customer reviews
spooky books. Good use of language with setting and character development.