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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

Jane Was Here is an ARC from Kelly & Hall.

Product 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 to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide. 

I'm not really sure what to say about this book.  It is a ghostly/reincarnation story, but none of the characters are particularly likable.  While I was quite interested in discovering who was responsible for the earlier Jane's demise, I just couldn't connect with the characters.

Sarah Kernochan's documentaries have won her two Academy Awards.  She is a screen writer of many films, including Nine and 1/1 Weeks and What Lies Beneath.

Fiction.  Supernatural/Mystery.  2011.  330 pages.


  1. Duh, I just left you a comment about this book. Didn't realize you had finished it. Well, it sounds like a good premise but I hate it when I can't connect with any of the characters you know.

  2. I've started on this one and I'm really not sure what I think of it yet.

  3. Iliana - Others may not feel this way about it. I just couldn't make that connection, and in the end it was hard to care...beyond being curious.

    Ryan - Maybe you'll like it better than I did!

  4. I have this one in my stack too. We'll see how it works for me when I get to it.

  5. Some authors just don't get that we need to connect with characters and the story

  6. Kay - I want to hear what you think about Jane Was Here. It is a book that keeps you involved and curious, but for me, the involvement was at a distance.

    bookmagic - Having a connection to the characters is a crucial part of my pleasure in reading.