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"K.J. Farnham has created a beautifully written, suspenseful and poignant page-turner that had me reading late into the night." - E.S. Carter, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Spin is an authentic and sensitive portrayal of a deeply confronting story. Kudos to KJ Farnham who was brave enough to take on this topic and who pulled it off beautifully." - Tess Woods, Award Winning Author
"A gripping, suspense-filled read." - Sarah L. King, Author of the Witches of Pendle Series
"Fantastic book and highly recommended." - Neisha Exeter, Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
- Publication Date : April 11, 2019
- File Size : 3536 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 360 pages
- Publisher : K J Farnham Publishing LLC (April 11, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07PHM4NPY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,573 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Spin was incredibly riveting. I was entirely engrossed in the book from the first chapter. What happened to Jenna? What will happen to Jenna? I had to find out and I was not disappointed in the ending. The plot was incredibly well paced and Farnham breaks up the narrative into two time periods: before Jenna’s disappearance and after Jenna’s disappearance. Slowly the days count up and down until they finally meet in the end with the exciting conclusion that answers all the questions.
Jenna Kemp was incredibly well written. Her diary entries seemed a little too polished for a teenager going through emotional torture and turmoil, but her actions and thoughts were very realistic. Her friends’ reactions and thoughts were also incredibly realistic. Their guilt after Jenna’s disappearance is so heartfelt. The emotions that Farnham describes are so authentic that I felt like Keely, Dustin, Delaney, and Leighton could be real people.
The interactions with the police felt real. The interactions between Jenna’s parents and her were also incredibly well written. I loved getting all the different perspectives. Each character had a unique personality and connection to Jenna.
Jenna herself was complex. From the outside she appears like a troubled and rebellious teenager. When you get inside her head and see what she writes in her diary entries, you see her for the adult that she truly is and the baggage that is slowing her down, overwhelming her at times, and growing heavier and heavier through her repeated exposures to her childhood sexual trauma.
The writing style is incredibly polished and this book is the best one of Farnham’s to date. I’m very excited for what she writes next.
*This story features child sexual abuse
This book was very well-written. The back-and-forth between the present day and the days leading up to Jenna Kemp's disappearance confused me a little at first, but once I got the hang of it (I'm old, but it didn't take long), I was totally sucked in.
This book made me sad...it made me angry...it broke my heart. It's a perfect example of hindsight being 20/20...if only this person hadn't done this...if only that person had just said that...
I'll probably be haunted by this book for a while. I need to go find some light-hearted romance to read now.
A final comment--Some secrets aren't meant to be kept. If you have been the victim of any kind of assault or abuse, or if you know someone who has, PLEASE tell someone. (There are even resources listed at the end of this book.)
K.J. does a fantastic job of making this story come alive and makes you feel like you know Jenna or like you could be Jenna. Every character in this story jumps off the pages and becomes real in your mind because she has created such realistic characters from Jenna to Hayley and every one in between. This book will make you feel so much before it even comes to its conclusion and boy what a conclusion it is! I'm pretty sure most people will be smiling through their tears and will be completely satisfied with this ending, even if it's not what you were hoping for.
I couldn’t put this book down! She had from hooked from the first page to the last word written.
Jenna Kemp appears to be a normal high school teenager, but in reality she is hiding a secret from her family and friends. This secret starts to consume her and her once normal life starts spinning all around her. It starts as a slow spin, but is soon spiraling out of control, and she needs to find a way to make it all stop.
Just when Jenna finally starts the process of getting her life back on track, she goes missing. After a few nights of her not returning home, her family and her friends realize that Jenna was in more trouble than they thought.
Everyone is trying to figure where she went, with whom and why….including myself. I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to play detective. EVERY time I thought I would know those answers, Ms. Farnharm would flip something around or give me a little more information, and I would have to start all over again!
Can her friends and family find her? Will Jenna finally expose her secret or will her life just keep spinning downward. One of my favorite lines from this book is “When they were kids, going as fast as possible was the ultimate goal. But now that they were older, going slow seemed like the right thing to do”.
I highly recommend this book!
The reason why I gave it 4 stars is because of the ending. I wish it didn't end that way. It was like the universe was punishing Jenna for confronting her fears. And I didn't feel like justice was done for Jenna at the end because the person didn't get caught.
Also it was a bit unrealistic too because usually these type of villain continue to do what they do. And the villain was able to find a partner who loves him the way he is even though she knew his secret? She obviously need some help too.
Overall I did enjoy the book. I just didn't like the ending.
Top reviews from other countries
The mystery of Jenna Kemp’s disappearance and whereabouts is pieced together in a narrative which moves between past and present, and between several different characters’ points of view. This jigsaw-building structure is complex but expertly crafted by Farnham, who uses this format to reveal the story gradually, weaving the details of Jenna’s life in the months before her disappearance in amongst the pain and confusion of her family and friends in the aftermath. I particularly like the way Farnham employs contrasting narratives and tenses as the story moves between the past and the present. For the reader, the use of first person and present tense gives a deep and immediate insight into the responses of Jenna’s loved ones, whilst the use of third person and past tense for Jenna’s part of the story keeps her, rather aptly, at arms length.
As in her previous YA work, Farnham’s Spin deals with some difficult topics, delving deeply into some complex emotional and mental health issues as Jenna’s story unfolds. Without wishing to give too much away about the plot (and therefore the mystery), I think that Farnham’s handling of this tough subject matter is commendable for its realism and sensitivity. The story pivots around a number of strong, well-drawn characters; all flawed in one way or another and not all likable, but all easily imagined as they play their various parts in steering the reader towards answering the question: where is Jenna Kemp? The answer, when it comes, is unexpected, shocking, and a fitting end to a very tough tale.
A gripping, suspense-filled read. Five stars.