Jane Was Here (Kindle Edition)
By Sarah Kernochan
Product Description on 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 in time to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide.
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
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 for documentaries.
Website designer Brett Sampson and his estranged 10-year-old son, Collin, are supposed to spend their summer together bonding.
Instead, Brett becomes obsessed with Jane after she shows up at their rented Victorian house, claiming it was her childhood home, and Collin spends his time with Gita Poonchwalla, a slightly older Indian girl who converts him to her own unique religion.
Local residents, including caretaker Hoyt Eddy and floozy Marly Walczak, get caught up in the mystery of Jane, whom PI Dick Fancher claims is actually Caroline Moss, a missing autistic woman.
Kernochan (Dry Hustle) illuminates the small lives of her characters while skillfully interweaving their past and present incarnations. — Publishers Weekly
Sarah Kernochan’s highly original and unpredictable Jane Was Here is not your father’s horror story. Its inexorably harrowing and impelling forces drive a storyline about reincarnation, ghostly presences, the paranormal, and matters of misery, mystery, and imagination raring to overwhelm the denizens of an anti-Mayberry locale in which an enigmatic and ethereal young woman calling herself Jane shows up at Brett and Collin’s rented Victorian house.
Kernochan, an Oscar winning filmmaker and screenwriter whose credits include the supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath, brings out the same kind of craftsmanship to this 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, and the butler did it as sure as a bolt from the blue. All you’ll really know, however, is that you must keep reading… and lose a little sleep while you try to ignore those pesky bumps in the night. — Blogcritics
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.