Jana Lane was America's most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at 18 years old. Now a 38-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana's flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.
The local suspects include Jana's down-on-his-luck husband with a dislike for living off the fruits of his wife's young labor, Jana's sister and male friend (who both have eyes for Jana's husband), Jana's show business father, her deranged loyal fan, and Jana's young Guy Friday who covets her fame and shares an uncanny resemblance to Jana.
Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer - Rocco Cavoto - the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana's comeback both professionally and personally. With Rocco's help, Jana uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future.
©2014 Joe Cosentino (P)2016 Joe Cosentino
This is an interesting and entertaining audiobook filled with sad insights into the lives of child stars and the entertainment industry in Hollywood both past and present. It is a great psychological thriller that has mystery, intrigue, disturbing twists and some great surprises. The narration fit the book well and she did a good job of giving the characters individual voices. Overall this was a suspenseful, enjoyable book and I will look forward to more Jana Lane mysteries. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Jana Lane has been out of Hollywood for 20 years since a breakdown that left a hole in her memory. Now 20 years later she is having nightmares bringing up bits and pieces of her past.
There is a lot going on in this book. New characters are introduced constantly and you can't help but say ooh they are the killer each time. The action keeps building and the twists and turns at the end were astounding. I was in awe when who the attacker was and why was finally revealed.
Charissa Clark Howe did a fabulous job narrating this story. She brought Jana to life and really pulled me into the story.
If you like mystery, suspense, drama and psychological thrillers I think you will enjoy this book!
I really liked this book. It was interesting to get an inside look at a child star with an actor parent, considering a return to screen as an adult. I liked the characters and thought they were well-developed. Every time I thought I had a mystery solved, I was proven wrong, so it kept me guessing.
I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Charissa Clark Howe. I thought she did a good job connecting with the characters and the audience.
Overall, this was an entertaining book. I'm glad I had the chance to listen to it, and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
Joe Cosentino does it again with his period mystery, Paper Doll.
Jana Lane is a former child star who is offered the chance to make a comeback twenty years after her last picture. She is reunited with several of the people she worked with as a child including her former co-star who is now producing the film that she is to star in.
As things unfold Jana begins to wonder if she might be beginning to suffer another nervous breakdown like she did all those years ago as a child actor. Is someone stalking her? Is someone trying to kill her? Finally, could she be the one doing the killing as she suffers from multiple personality disorder?
So many questions and Joe Cosentino keeps you guessing almost until the very end. I loved this book and can highly recommend it to anyone who just likes a good old fashioned mystery. I will be listening to more in this series.
Intrigue, humor, romance
Jana, of course. She was both strong and vulnerable, and she grows as the story moves along. I look forward to following her adventures in the next Jana Lane mysteries.
She makes the story clear, with good pacing, emotion, and distinct characters.
This story grabbed me from the start, and kept me guessing. Whenever I though I knew who did it, something came up to change my mind, and then I was totally surprised at the end. A very well crafted mystery, great characters, and full of both romance and humor. This is a great listen that you won't want to stop.
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