Friday, 6 August 2010

Jessica Z by Shawn Klomparens

Jessica seems to have it all.  A job in advertising that she loves, a neighbour who brings fresh brewed coffee to her door each morning and close relationships with both her sister and her mother.  Despite these pluses, she is not settled.  That neighbour with the coffee is her on again/off again boyfriend Patrick.  Her sister is planning to head off to the south Pacific to live on a boat and do research, and her mother appears to be the panicy type of mother who wants her children to rush home at the slightest hint of trouble.

Little does she suspect that her life is going to change.  A number of unsettling events are about to occur that will impact the people of San Francisco as well as the rest of the United States.  About that same time Josh Hadden, a visiting professor/artist, explodes into Jessica's life. He takes her to physical and emotional places she's never been and didn't know that she wanted to reach.

With each page of this story I was pulled further in.  Somehow, from its everyday start, it got better and better.  I liked reading about and following the relationships of the various characters: Jessica and Patrick/Josh,  sister Katie and her tall doctor, Patrick and Gertrude, and was intrigued by the PitchBitch Blogger.

This story could happen in any city, with any group of friends/neighbours/co-workers.  The randomness that occured in this novel is not something you can plan for nor can you seek it nor avoid it.  I think that is what kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing where Mr. Klomparens was going to take me next.  I am definitely looking forward to his next book.

Also available from this author: Two Years No Rain

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Topographic Map - Lockport Park Pages

1 comment:

Suko said...

Wow, great review! I have wanted to read this for a while now. I read his second book, Two Years, No Rain, which is a terrific novel!