Book Reviewology… on JANEOLOGY, that is …
August 22, 2009 § 5 Comments
Not long ago, I won a book from Karen Harrington. It was, in fact, the book she wrote: JANEOLOGY. It came in the mail, brand new, shiny cover, and paper all pristine and ink scented. (i know, i know, it’s not really the ink that offers that scent, but…)
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect though I’m familiar with Karen’s blog and it’s funny and smart. I knew the story centered on the reason for a homicide, committed by a man’ s beloved wife, and how perhaps her DNA and some quirk/flaw/tragedy within her DNA allowed it to happen. Sad, disturbing, and told in the first person by the husband, who you do not really get to know, but he’s not the story, only the narrator. The story pops with some surprises.
And so I read the first chapter of the book, met the characters, got familiar with the setting, got the set up. Read the second chapter. Then the third. And then, more pages into it, with the introduction of a new character, a relative who has psychic abilities, the story moved in another, somewhat unexpected direction. And here Harrington sets the hook. Good tension, good drama. Good storytelling. Nope, not gonna take you through who did what to whom and why and etcetera. But I will tout the structure of the story.
Yes, read it.
There’s a luxury in “knowing” an author, too, even if only virtually. It makes the book “closer” somehow, even better, I think. I’ll share the book but marking it a “boomerang,” so that it comes back to our shelves each time.
And I just might send Karen the bookmark that came with the book and ask her to autograph it. Yup, shameless, I am.