|Plot Summary of See Jane Die|
As a young teen, Jane Killian had endured a brutal - and seemingly intentional - accident. Now an adult, she seems to be living a charmed life. She is a successful artist and happily married to a dashing surgeon. The couple is thrilled by the fact that Jane is pregnant.
But lately, Jane has been having recurring nightmares about her girlhood trauma.
When Jane's husband is arrested on murder charges, her life is thrown into turmoil - and danger. Because somebody is watching her; a tormentor who begins by sending her threatening messages.
This synopsis report prepared by Jennifer Shaw
Mira, Jun 2004, 19.95, 384 pp.
Jane Killian insisted the driver of the boat tried to kill her while she swam in the ocean. Everyone else thought it was a bad hit and run accident. Either way over the years Jane suffered the agony of several reconstructive operations. Eventually Jane found happiness with plastic surgeon Ian Westbrook though that added to a rift with her police officer sister Stacy who coveted the doctor for herself. Jane becomes even more elated because she now is carrying her beloved Ian's child.
However, her euphoria ends when the police arrest Ian for murder. Jane refuses to believe her spouse is a serial killer and her belief is substantiated by notes left on her bed by an intruder who refers back to the boating incident. Stacy rejects Jane's theory that the person who almost killed her years ago is back setting up her husband as part of hurting Jane. Desperate and alone the pregnant Jane refuses to roll over as she investigates.
Though there are too many twists especially a final one that reveals the motive and identity of the killer, fans will enjoy this terse romantic suspense tale that hooks the audience from the moment the first note is found. The support cast enables the audience to further comprehend how Jane feels, especially her fears and dilemmas of what to do. Thus the story line works quite well because everyone (except her sibling) will empathize with what happens to Jane.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of See Jane Die|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- small businessman
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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