Jane Was Here

Jane Was Here

by Sarah Kernochan

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Overview


A thriller that explores reincarnation, Jane Was Here follows a mysterious young woman, who calls herself Jane, who turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in the town, yet she has never been there 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. A centuries-old mystery will resolve, and karma will claim its due.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780980037722
Publisher: Grey Swan Press
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 0.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author


Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and a Half Weeks, Impromptu, Sommersby, and What Lies Beneath. She also directed her film All I Wanna Do, starring Kirsten Dunst. Jane Was Here is her second novel. She lives in New York City with her husband, director James Lapine.

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Jane Was Here 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan is a very good book.  It was extremely slow getting started, just seemed to have too many characters that meant nothing to each other.  But after reading the first half, I could not put it down.  The strands of the web all came together to reveal, and destroy, the spider in the middle.  This is not a ghost story, although originally I entertained the idea that Jane is a ghost.  Instead, it is a story of reincarnation and the perennial draw of the characters back to their origins.  The story line itself is utterly unique and I am thrilled to have read it.
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I like the book so far, but there seem to be a lot of editing errors: missing commas, poor spacing, misspelled words. Distracting!
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
I was instantly intrigued by the premise of Jane Was Here but when I started reading it I almost decided not to finish it. I wasn't sure what direction the book was heading. I was glad that I continued reading it and ignore the things that annoyed me. That being said you do get wrapped up in Jane's mystery. You want to know where she came from and what she wants. Has she brought on all the strange occurrences to Graynier or is it just a coincidence. Brett Sampson has come to town with his son, Collin, also and taken up residence in a rental house. Jane's first visit is to him. She tells him for some reason she is pretty sure she lived here. Brett knows for a fact that she couldn't be old enough to have lived here because Father Petrelli has owned the place for 30 years. Feeling instantly captivated and sudden need to help this woman named Jane, he allows her to stay so that she can discover who she is. The mystery deepens when Collin's friend Gita believes that Jane is actually Shaarinen, the personal enemy of her woman god, Gana. Now she enlists Collin in her endeavor to take down the demon. Definitely a page turner and gets a little crazy at the end. There are some spooky elements that are reminiscent of a Stephen King tale.
BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan, I felt a little lost. While the author did a great job telling the story, it just didn't dawn on me what was happening. The book was a puzzle that I felt the need to put together. As I kept reading Jane Was Here, the story started to come together and make sense. The author took the time to give us a little history of the main characters of the story, it is important to pay attention because it will make sense in the end. Just judging by the title, you can guess the book is about Jane. Jane wanders into a town where she's never been to and finds a house that she's never lived in and knocks on the door. She announces that she used to live here and that it's her house! Through Jane's eyes, she is searching in the present to figure out her past. She's trying to figure out how everything in town is so familiar. The people are different and nobody recognizes her. Brett Sampson is the current renter of the home that Jane claims to be hers. He immediately feels close to her and feels the need to protect her. Marly works at the local bed & breakfast as a housekeeper and Hoyt is a property manager of an estate. Pay attention to the Brett, Marly, and Hoyt as they are important pieces to the puzzle. Overall, I enjoyed reading Jane Was Here. Every piece of the puzzle was tied together perfectly and made sense. During her quest, Jane learned the truth, she found her answers, she found her past, her present, and got her revenge. Moments before she died in the past, she realized how her "not so true love" truly felt about her and how quickly his feelings could turn against her. In the present, she found the one man that will always love her and reunite with him! This book contains mystery, suspense, romance, history, karma, reincarnation, and the paranormal. This is a must read! You will be left stunned! The characters come to life on the page!
H20SkiGal More than 1 year ago
I cannot go into the ins and outs of this story without giving away the plot or without explaining things in such detail that I might as well re-write the book so the basics are this: Jane shows up in a small town claiming that she's been here before. Is it a reincarnation? Is it a spirit that has taken over Jane's body? Are you involved yet? The townspeople get really involved in all this too. The underlying tone is about how past history can affect what is going on today but the true mystery to this book is who will pay for something that happened 150 years ago? Hmmm??? Whatcha think??? What I liked: This author was the screenwriter for the movie "What Lies Beneath" and also "9 ½ Weeks." Okay, two different movies, but I had to point that out. Anyway, like in "What Lies Beneath" the story is slow to unfold even though when it does all come together, you have almost an "a-ha!" sort of moment. I like it when that happens. This book could transfer to the screen effortlessly. It would be a really good movie but this might be one of those cases where the movie may be better than the book. What I disliked: Well I'm not crazy about the cover although in the alternative, I don't know what I might suggest. I wasn't overly fond of any of the characters in the book, I don't care about what happens to any one of them. That was a little rough for me with this book.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Hoyt Edy is a man who came from money. But because of some interesting clashes with his wealthy parents, and some unfortunate choices Hoyt made along the way, he is now considered a town drunk who makes money by being a "caretaker" for the wealthy homes in a small, New England town. His employers have been gone for ten months, but they will soon be returning to summer in the wealthy village and Hoyt needs to get himself over to the "Big House" to clean up and repair everything he let go over the winter. While he's driving home from the bar, he suddenly sees a young woman walking down the middle of the road and swerves to avoid her. Marly Walczak is the mother of Pearl, who is an overweight, very bitter young woman who hates her mother, but seems to be headed down the same 'icky' path. Marly is what most consider the town's "lady of the evening" (to be nice, here.) Marly spends most of her time selling her body at the posh Inn she works at to the guests if they want her - and to pretty much anyone else in town who will have her. Once upon a time, that included Hoyt Edy, who she has told continuously that he is the father of her very upset girl. One night, as she's going home from a night of drinking, partying, and offering herself up to the STD gods, she sees headlights rushing toward her..Marly and Hoyt are about to meet again. Brett is a computer website programmer and artist from another place, who is taking care of his son, Collin, for the summer. He's not exactly a father who really cares much about his son, but the mother of the boy wants to get rid of him and gives him over to Brett. Soon, Brett ends up renting a small home in a tiny New England town whose history is based on a stunning glass factory that once stood, and its rich - odd - owners, who made the town what it is today. Brett is trying to have some sort of relationship with his son, but what he never expected was to start having nightmares about a Reverend and a dying man. Nor did he expect to look out the window one night to see a pale girl, looking completely lost. As she knocks on his door, she announces that her name is Jane, and that the house he is staying in is hers. She doesn't remember anything about herself, except the fact that she knows she was born in his rented house. As the story goes on, readers find that Jane comes from a historical era that included The Glass Factory at its height. She also has something to do with an old religious cult that used to stay in the vicinity of the small town. As history unfolds, Brett, his son, a strange little girl whose parents own a hotel, and the other 'colorful' townspeople, all find themselves in a chilling mystery that completely surrounds the girl named Jane. The author has written thrills and chills on the pages of this novel. The characters are a bit 'much' on the slime side, and sometimes take a bit away from the dark, eerie mystery that is trying to play out, but the story, itself, is something that will keep readers up all night - not wanting to shut the light off AT ALL! This author has had a stunning career - garnering two Academy Awards for her outstanding documentaries, and she has certainly created a "Small Town New England" that you would never want to visit. Quill Says: A bone-chilling story with many different avenues, encompassing a great many lives in a very small, eerie area.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The woman arrives in Graynier, Massachusetts calling herself Jane with no surname. She swears she has isolated memories of growing up in Graynier, but also vows she never set foot in the town until now. Jane rents a Victorian that she claims is her childhood house. Website designer Brett Sampson and his ten year old son Collin are spending the summer together in Graynier so they can overcome their estrangement. However crafty cunning Collin has no interest in doing things with his dad and Brett likewise has little patience with his son. Instead Collin is fascinated with Jane and uses subterfuge to spend time with Indian Gita Poonchwalla who is nearer his age. The townsfolk also are intrigued by Jane and her claims until private investigator Dick Fancher insists Jane is the missing autistic Caroline Moss though some say no. The key to this engaging tale is the small town residents who know each other as they (and readers) cannot resist the lure of who Jane is and how she knows intimate details about the somewhat isolated town. Jane is terrific as her confusion is addicting to the audience who want to know what is going on. The support cast makes the thriller work as they and we need to know whether Jane Was Here once before and what before connotes. Harriet Klausner
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
In "Jane Was Here," Sarah Kernochan has created a stunning and remarkable story that grabbed me at the first sentence and didn't let me go until I had devoured the entire story. Moving smoothly and quickly, the story has so many levels that if I tried to explain what it was all about, I'd completely spoil it for you, the future reader of this amazing book. Who is Jane? She arrives in Granynier, searching for answers. She invites herself into a house rented for the summer by Brett so he could spend the summer with his son Collin; Brett is immediately taken with her, but Collin hates her. She claims she was born in the house, but as Brett researches the past of the house he finds it is impossible, as it has been owned by its current owner for 30 years and Jane is in her early 20s. Eventually a private investigator shows up, claiming the girl's name is Caroline and that she is autistic and her parents are searching for her. Jane insists that while they may have birthed her, they are not her parents and she is not Caroline. Is she crazy, or is she a reincarnation? Questions abound in this book, which is beautifully atmospheric. There are many characters moving through the story, but Ms. Kernochan (who was kind enough to provide me a copy of her wonderful book so I could write this review for you to read) does such a wonderful job at giving them all individual traits and characteristics that it is easy to keep track of whom is who. I can't stress enough that you should give this book a read - it's really amazing!