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Killing Jenna Crane by [Sofras, Lynette]
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About the Author

Until three years ago, Lynette was a busy English teacher, running her own department in a large comprehensive school just outside London. She gave up her career in education to focus on her writing, thus fulfilling her lifelong dream. Her first novel, The Apple Tree, won the grand prize in Prism Book Groups' (formerly Inspired Romance) inaugural writing competition and this was subsequently published in December 2011. Two further contemporary romances followed in 2012 (Wishful Thinking and Shopping for Love). In Loving Hate, her first romantic suspense, appeared last November courtesy of Muse It Up Publications. More recently, she has also published a short sci-fi story, Surveillance, with her son as co-writer, a psychological thriller, Killing Jenna Crane (January 2013) and a ghost story/women's fiction, Unworkers (June 2013). Lynette lives with her family in an early Victorian cottage in a picturesque Surrey village and when not writing or reading, loves catching up with her friends, the cinema and theatre; dabbling with exotic cooking or trying to make her rather wild garden and the family's eccentric cat behave nicely.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1117 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,335,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When novelist Ellis Crawford meets the girl of his dreams, the beautiful, utterly perfect Emily, he is prepared to do anything for her. And I mean anything. He is even prepared to kill Jenna Crane. Not that Jenna Crane is a real person, exactly. She is a figment of his imagination, the popular heroine of his highly successful series.
He abandons his old friends and for the first time in his life is ready to commit to one woman. Why then does his life begin to dip dangerously out of control?

Fans of Lynette Sofras may be surprised by this story. All her novels are more than just romance, but this one is even more. It is as much a novel of psychological suspense as a love story, and it takes you deep into the mind of a haunted man.

I think it is her best yet. Beautifully-written, as I have come to expect from this author, with superb characterisation. But what makes it stand out is the sheer originality of the plot.

Lynette Sofras is definitely an author to watch out for.
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I started reading this with no idea of what to expect and was happily reading it and enjoying discovering his passion for his new love alongside his wavering guilt for his ex. I wasn't entirely sure where it was heading and just thought perhaps he would finally give in to his guilt and apologise to his ex or maybe he would decide to go along with Emily's idea to kill off his heroine and in the process, lose his agent and all the money and end up in poverty not knowing what to do.

What actually happened completely surprised me. The unexpected twist to the plot had me fascinated and having to recount earlier events to unpick the plot and find the clues. The clues are there, but so subtly woven into the main body of the story that I had no idea they were there at all.

Lynette Sofras is undeniably a talented author and I always enjoy her stories. This does take a different path to her usual stories and it is not so much a romance, so if you're reading it looking for her usual romantic flair, you might have a bit of a shock. Nonetheless, Lynette still employs her talent for creating believable characters and an interesting plot and there are some romantic parts to it. I think this and her last short story co-written by her son, which was a sci-fi story, shows that Lynette is not limited to one genre. She can put her hand to whatever takes her fancy and produce the same quality of work that we are used to with her romance stories.
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Part romantic thriller, part psychological thriller, part supernatural suspense, 'Killing Jenna Crane' is a compelling, deeply original novel written by a writer who knows how to grip the reader. Written from a male point of view, the story is a tour de force of rising tension, dark forces, stunning characterisation and a satisfying study of emotional revenge. This is a romantic thriller that shows in unflinching ways how love can both inspire and also destroy and reveals the true, awful cost of being emotionally distant and unavailable. It's a testament to Lynette Sofras' skill that she makes Ellis, the protagonist, so impulsive and withdrawn, yet I found I still cared about him and could understand why he was as he was. Ellis is a writer and Lynette Sofras reveals so much of what makes a fiction writer 'tick', including a certain charming child-like delight in world-building and plotting, plus a streak of ruthless selfishness. Ellis has a lesson and a fall coming and boy does he fall...

Can Ellis find redemption or redeem himself? The novel ends on an appropriate, hopeful note but not all shadows are dispelled for in the end it is up to Ellis himself - he will reap what he sows.

Utterly gripping.
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Of all the books I have reviewed in recent weeks, this is hands-down the best. Indeed, the writing is so assured and professional that I suspect the author has another, successful career under a different pen name, just like the author protagonist.

Ellis, from whose point of view we experience the story, is torn between three women - the loving Chloe, the irresistible Emily, and his own series character, Jenna, of whom he is getting tired even though she is the foundation of his success.

For the first half of the book the reader can see that he is riding for a fall, deserves it in fact, and I kept reading on in morbid fascination, not seeing any good outcome ahead. The end was not as terrible for Ellis as I had expected, and I applaud the author's compassion with her own creations.

As a sometime writer myself, some of the subject matter was especially interesting for me - how the media and the public can very quickly destroy a hard-won reputation, and that works are not judged on their own merits, but conflated with the author and his/her most stupid aspects. That responding to emails in the heat of passion, or meeting the press unprepared, is fatal. Also, how creativity and relationships can interfere with each other to a near-disastrous degree.

I enjoyed the book for many reasons, and can recommend it wholeheartedly.

Mary Moya (The Kindle Book Review)
The Kindle Book Review received this book in exchange for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon in any way.
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