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A woman unafraid to take on challenges of the written word, Lynette Sofras has entered that realm where too few authors dare - writing about the mind of an author and the process of creating characters and dealing with the metamorphoses they manifest. It is even more of a challenge for a female author to enter the mind of a male author as her primary character, but that is exactly what she has one with this compelling novel. As Sofras distills the notion, `The murder is fictional but the dark journey into a writer's mind is real. When an egotistical novelist meets his ideal woman, he agrees to kill off his popular heroine. Isolated and haunted by painful memories of a previous love, he battles the growing darkness in his soul when a secret is exposed, changing everything he once knew.'
A bit more detail of the plot follows: `This is not a story about a murder, but a dark journey inside a writer's mind. Ellis Crawford, creator of the famous and highly successful Jenna Crane mystery series, finds his comfortable life swept away when he meets Emily Madison, his perfect woman. Despite his deepening love for Emily, Ellis finds himself haunted by painful memories of a previous love whose heart he broke, and begins to regret his past behaviour. On top of that, Emily wants him to kill off his beloved heroine Jenna Crane - against fierce public opinion. But life is too short for regrets and when his own rapidly spirals out of control, taking his reputation as an author with it, where will Ellis turn for help?'
How does this odd discourse and adventure between and author and a created character work? The following brief excerpt explains: `Jenna Crane, the fearless and feisty female detective of the Jenna Crane Mystery Series had a far bigger following than he, the humble author, had. She was the star of several films, so that must make her real instead of some virtual ventriloquist's dummy who only spoke the words he placed in her mouth. Over the years he'd allowed himself to lapse into juvenile madness and talk to her, usually when stuck on a scene. He treated her with the respect that was her due. But she wasn't a cutesy doll; she was a tough cookie who handled everything he threw at her.' Now, add to that the real life love story between the author and a real woman and you have a crafty, scintillating, beautifully constructed bizarre tale. Hats off to Lynette Sofras! Grady Harp, October 14
The story follows his relationship with two women, Chloe and Emily, whose personalities are in diametric opposition to each other showing the well-worn storyline of turning the tables on the main character. Chloe is infatuated and lovestruck, willing to do and sacrifice anything to please the distant and cold Ellis. Then Emily plays the distant and cold role after Chloe is discarded, turning Ellis on his heels as he then experiences the suffocating and unrequited love for someone who reciprocates but only withing their limits. There's nothing new or unique about this but Sofras does a nice job in her exposition.
The characters are real and have dimension, although superficial, but you want them to win. The sweet and endearing Chloe's progression is inevitable but you want her to do better, you want to see her rise above the heartless Ellis and show him she's more than just infatuated with him, the author she reveres, but she truly loves the man who is in obvious need of someone to love him without strings. Ellis is arrogant and self-serving and it's difficult to want more for him until his world collapses and he is humbled but when that does occur he comes to his realizations naturally and with a grace you don't expect. Emily is manipulative and insensitive and she is the only character whose dimensions are more than skin deep. That has everything to do with the twist in the story that, again, is unraveled fairly well although not at all surprising.
The first chapter is a poor representation of the rest of the book which is unfortunate as some people may not give it the benefit of the doubt and read past it. It's never a good idea to start a book in the middle of an action scene. Not to say the first chapter can't be an action scene but when the very first line is dialogue during a fight scene you're dropped into a situation with no context and the first emotion you feel is confusion, not a good place to start. Add on the fact that the dialogue is between characters in the Jenna Crane book who then break the fourth wall and talk to the author who is the main character in the book you, the reader, are reading...I had to reread it a few times to understand what was going on.
The entire book is weighted down with passive verbs and split-infinitives which is a subjective hindrance to the flow but once you become aware of them, it's hard not to see them. There are some minor type-o's but overall it's well edited.
I did enjoy reading "Killing Jenna Crane" although I thought it would be more of a mystery than a romance (I need to reevaluate how I'm picking these books!). This isn't really a mystery/suspense/thriller as much as it is a romance with element of mystery sprinkled in. I thought the ending was perfect in that it wasn't...perfect. Although most romances have a fairy tale ending this had an appropriate ending which left me feeling good about spending my time with the characters. If I'm able to finish a book and not feel as if I've wasted my time then I give credit to the author. "Killing Jenna Crane" is a nice, simple romance with a hint of mystery that is worth the few hours it takes to read.
Killing Jenna Crane is more of a general fiction book and I think would appeal to a broader audience than romantic thriller. Ellis is a very complex character who struggles to connect with the two women that come into his life. Both possess qualities he desires and for a time he is happy with them. Yet as his writing life collapses he struggles to determine whether either of these women could have been the the woman he needs.
This is a slower read, however, as the story goes back and forth between his life with Chloe and with Emily I became caught up in the events. Sofras does a great job of showing each character as complete and multi-dimensional. No character is perfect, they each have their own flaws and even though we are limited to Ellis's point of view, Sofras manages to convey Ellis's bias.
Absolutely a book to read!
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