Book 3, Jane Perry
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In this third Jane Perry novel, Laurel Dewey takes Jane out of Denver to the small town of Midas where the Chief of Police is a close friend of Jane's boss. Jacob Van Gorden, the fifteen-year-old son of a prominent area businessman, has disappeared and all signs point to his abductor being Jordan Copeland, a man who committed a similar crime decades ago. Jane settles into this little community for much longer than she wants, living with a preacher and his family (including their eccentric teenage daughter who was Jacob's girlfriend). There are signs that Jacob is still alive, so the clock is ticking. And as Jane investigates Jordan Copeland, she begins to have doubts about his guilt and begins to uncover signs of devastating &ndash and even deadly &ndash secrets all around Midas.
Meanwhile, Jane must deal with two considerable secrets of her own. One hits her in the gut before she leaves Denver and the other creeps up on her from the most unlikely of places. And on top of this, Hank Ross, owner of a bar in Midas, has somehow managed to find a way beneath Jane's armor-plated defenses, forcing her to contend with feelings she hasn't allowed to surface for a very long time.
Revelations is the most powerful and personal Jane Perry novel yet. Teeming with the passions and ambiguities that make Laurel Dewey so compelling to read, it is a breathtaking story of mysteries revealed and withheld.
I just finished REVELATIONS by Laurel Dewey and I'm blown away. I cannot remember when a book affected me this deeply or stayed with me. I've read all the books in the Jane Perry series (this is the third one) and while I adored them all, this one is the best! Dewey doesn't pull any punches and pushes the envelope with her characters like never before. Even though Jordan Copeland is the "bad guy" in this book, I LOVED the character. You can feel the grime underneath him but, as always, Dewey creates a sense of compassion for what he's been through and you can't help hoping he didn't do the crime he's charged with.
And then there's the main character, Jane Perry. Ah, what can I say? Jane Perry rocks! She is tough but she's that way because she's been through hell and she's still around. That's inspiring to me. In REVELATIONS, we get to see a softer Jane slightly (just slightly) who is much more introspective given the news she's handed at the top of the book. (I don't want to give it away).
This is a book about secrets....family secrets that infect the bloodline and make it impossible to move forward in life until the secrets are revealed (thus, the title of the book.) There are tons of characters, all fascinating and deftly written so that you feel you know them personally by the middle of the book. Even though the book is long (394 pages) the pace is SO fast and SO engaging that I finished it in four days. I'm going to read it again, just because there are many parts that you want to savor. The writing is THAT good.
I recommend this book HIGHLY. If you like smart fiction that has a heart, deeply felt characters and a story that keeps you guessing literally until the LAST LINE OF THE BOOK, then you need to read this NOW.