Jane Was Here

Title: Jane Was Here
Author: Sarah Kernochan
Publisher: Grey Swan Press
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
hardcover, 298 pages
ISBN: 0980037727(ISBN 13: 9780980037722)
Available @ Amazon

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.

Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan is an intriguing story from beginning to end. It is a mysterious and  anomalous story about Jane. Jane is a bit of a mystery. She shows up one night at the house that Brett Sampson has rented claiming to have lived there. Jane doesn't know how she knows this, she just does. Brett is strangely drawn to Jane and he makes it his mission to help her unravel her cryptic past. 
The story line in this novel is strange but good. I found myself wrapped up in the story not able to put this book down. I was just as eager as Jane to find out all the mysteries that surrounded her. I also enjoyed the historical elements of this novel as well as the themes such as forgiveness, karma and reincarnation. 
The characters in Jane Was Here are also very interesting. They are a diverse group of people that are drawn together through past actions. Some of the characters are very rough, abrasive and despicable . There are some pretty heavy elements in this story such as rape and murder as well. 
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Sarah Kernochan presents the story in such a way that it's hard to put down. It's very mysterious and arresting. There are some sensitive subject matters in this novel so I wouldn't recommend this book to young readers. However if you enjoy an intriguing story I would recommend this book to you. I enjoyed the enigma that is Jane. 

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*I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest book review. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. Well the concept doesn't sound new, but I like the mystery behind it. Quite intriguing.

  2. Will have to add this to my WL..thanks for the review Marcie!

  3. Wonderful! Terrific!
    Great post! Great review!

  4. Great job on the review! Hadn't heard of this one previously....but it sounds like it has a pretty good mysterious and potentially dark twist. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments. It is a fascinating read.

  6. I love a mystery and this one sounds really good to me.

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