Ophelia Julien grew up in a haunted house on the north side of Chicago and has been chasing phantoms and the unexplained ever since, through both reading and writing. She lives in Illinois with her husband, and has two grown daughters.
Saving Jakeby Ophelia Julien
Philip Corts has a special gift that his best friend Jake Holdridge won't let him ignore--he can "track" lost objects, people, and even past lives with his mind. But not all trackings have happy endings and Philip vows to lay his gift to rest until... Jake slips into desperation and comes to Philip with a terrifying request: Could he track one more time? Philip must decide: Watch Jake die or try to save him and risk both their lives.
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Philip Corts would like to be an average teenager, but his special abilities set him apart. He's always been able to find things that his family loses. He hears voices in cemeteries. And, with the help of his best friend, Jake Holdridge, he discovers that he can see the past through objects that have been there. But is he only seeing the past, or is he reliving it? Philip isn't sure he wants to know the truth about himself, so he turns his back on his supernatural talents.
While Phil struggles with his own gift, his friend Jake has a burden of his own: a demanding, wealthy father who expects Jake to follow his footsteps into a successful corporate career. Never mind that Jake is an artist with no interest in the business world. So Jake devises a radical plan to free himself from his father's domineering presence, and he needs Philip's unique talents to help pull it off. The very talents that Philip swore he would never use again.
SAVING JAKE is a paranormal adventure that combines the chills of a ghost story with the heart-wrenching drama of teens at a crossroads in their lives. The relationship between Jake and Philip is fascinating in its closeness and complexity. Also, the struggles engaged in by the main character, Philip, would probably seem extraordinary in most other stories, but compared to the daily misery endured by Jake, Philip's life almost seems like a walk in the park. As the book progresses, the reader can practically see Jake fading away. His eventual solution to his problems, although extreme, seems infinitely superior to having him continue life as he has been.
This is an exciting book for readers who enjoy an eerie, mysterious tale, and it should appeal to those who like a great drama, too. Both of those elements worked together very well here. Overall, it was the paranormal elements that drew me to SAVING JAKE in the first place, but it was the well-written, unique story that kept me hooked.
In the first chapter of Saving Jake, Ophelia Julien immediately creates an atmosphere that stays with her readers for the rest of this spooky novel. If you've had paranormal experiences yourself, read this book as it may help answer some of your questions. If you haven't, read this book and you may begin to question what you consider normal. Fast-paced and well-written, pick up Saving Jake today ... and be prepared to meet some ghosts!