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The Day I Left

The Day I Left [Kindle Edition]

Jason Korolenko
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"THE DAY I LEFT is a ghost story, a murder mystery, and a descent into madness, where between France and Arizona the protagonist faces his past catching up with, and overcoming, his presence. I'm walking away from this book feeling dizzy and uncertain of my own circumstance." - Best-Selling author Craig Childs

Jarrod Nelson, a twenty-something American studying in France, is in love with his professor's sister, Caroline. But the professor's sudden, violent death drives a wedge between the lovers, and Jarrod finds himself struggling with demons he thought he'd buried long ago. How far will Jarrod go to win Caroline back? And how far will Caroline go to stay away?

A tale of love and madness, the bastard child of BAG OF BONES and SHUTTER ISLAND, THE DAY I LEFT will get its hooks into you on the first page and not let go until well after the last.

"A fine debut by a writer with international flare and solid insight into the mania we each, every one of us, carry somewhere within our tortured souls." - Charlie Stella, author of JOHNNY PORNO.

About the Author

Jason Korolenko is the author of THE DAY I LEFT, and the upcoming biography of heavy metal legends SEPULTURA. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fanatic, Jason can most often be found on the mats, or trolling his website at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147920532X
  • Publisher: MightyRed Publications (22 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091B3S7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable 27 July 2013
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May have been the mood I was in but I abandoned this after a couple of hundred pages because of it's unremitting misery and 'angst'. Not a relateable or likeable character to be had and so many twisted and warped emotions - couldn't be bothered!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will question your own sanity 24 Aug 2012
By Misty Jo Lucas - Published on
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The Day I Left by Jason Korolenko is a a mind warping dark fiction novel that will, by the end, leave you speechless. This novel leaves the reader unable to form complete thoughts; the story drags the reader in so intensely that by the time it is over you cannot tell where the line between real and fake exists.

It can be said that this is a "quick read" but not due to light-hearted content or uneducated writing; The Day I Left is a quick read only because you simply cannot put the book down until you have finished it. There are no points where you think, "Okay, this is a good place to take a break," because there are no pauses, no breaks, no places to breathe. This book rolls on at 150mph and you will find yourself anxious for the next page turn. It is, by far, the most gripping novel I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

The Day I Left should not be overlooked by anyone who loves a mystery/thriller. If you enjoy finishing a book and thinking, "What. The. Hell"? then I highly suggest this novel. The price is great, the material is magnificent, and you will NOT be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.... 15 Nov 2012
By Chris Cann - Published on
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This is one of those books where I am left wondering if I am just not astute enough to have figured everything out, or if the author just isn't interested in spoon-feeding me the answers. After putting the book down and dwelling on it, I know the latter is true... right? I don't remember the last time I read something that made me question myself and how others perceive me as this story did. Am I something like Jarrod? Should I be afraid if I am? (Of myself, or of those around me?)
I really liked this book. The ride is well worth the (extremely cheap!!!) price of admission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, but in a good way... 13 Nov 2012
By ReaderChick - Published on
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Something about this book screams Hemingway, what with the American students studying in Europe (reminiscent of the expats), boozy nights, romance, etc. It might even be the writing style, but there just seems to be something so similar about the whole thing.

Much of the book reads like a nightmare. Upon emerging from the book, you don't really know what's real and what's not, and there's a cut portion of the book that the author has provided at the end which really adds to that notion.

It's a good trip following the story into the descent of madness, and it's one I am going to have to read again and again to really get a handle on.

Interesting read overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish there were half stars 30 Aug 2012
By ExpatMaineBoy - Published on
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How are you going to get them back on the farm after they've seen Pau? It ain't easy, as it turns out, and they won't come back the same. Some of them, like Jarrod Nelson (the protagonist) of Korolenko's book, are scarcely recognizable.

Nelson, a young American studying abroad in France, is a man haunted by happenings, real and imagined. Worse, he can't tell the difference between the events with molecules and the ones that only occur in his head. And, thanks to Korolenko's use of POV, the reader can't really tell either. Who done it?, who was it done to?, and what's with the dead baby? are questions that will leave the reader wondering until the end.

"The Day I Left" is a clean read, especially for an indie. I think I spotted two typos, but then I couldn't find them again, making me wonder if Jarrod wasn't rubbing off on me.

The narrative is compelling, and the dramatic question is sufficient to keep the pages turning. However, I found Jarrod a little flat, and there's some pronoun usage that starts about halfway in that made me go "hmmm" rather than "oooh."

The book kept me entertained and curious through five nights of pre-bed reading, and it will likely do the same for you. Korolenko is a talent to be reckoned with, and I look forward to reading more, much more by this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranoia strikes deep . . . 22 April 2013
By Kelly Bobelly - Published on
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Into your life it will creep. The Day I Left is the kind of book you want your friends to read so that you can get their take on it. This is a neo-noir nightmare of a story, compliments of a diabolical author; comparisons to Shutter Island are well-deserved. We are introduced to Jerrod, a bright kid from the wrong side of the tracks, now studying abroad in France. He falls fast for the sister of his sociology professor, and lets her talk him into meeting up with the prof at the local biker bar. It's at this point that Jerrod's nightmare begins to pick up speed, and you, dear reader, get to share Jerrod's point of view as his grip on reality begins to slip. This is an excellent debut by a talented writer; highly recommended.
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