The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm

A couple of years ago I went through a period where all I wanted to do was read fiction from super cold countries: Sweden, Iceland, Russia…You get what I am talking about. I feel absolutely head over heels with some of these author and the writing. There are days I think we all would like to disappear…..just get on a plane or in our car and leave our old lives behind. Nicolai Houm explores this idea in The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland.

Synopsis: After a horrible incident Jane Ashland leaves the US to travel to Norway.

What I liked: The premise of the story is very good. I think it speaks to everyone who has gone through something horrible. But the story takes it to such a dark place. I really enjoyed how the story was like a story within a story. There was the story of what Jane was going through in Norway; but there was also the story of why Jane had gone to Norway. I normally read Horror; although this book is not marketed as horror there are many horror type elements to the story. The ending was very surprising and I wasn’t expecting it.

What I didn’t like: When I say the ending was surprising I liked it but I didn’t like it. It hit me in the feels and I am not sure if it was the good feels or the bad feels. It just made me feel like I wanted to actually know what happened.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: This is a dark book. It isn’t marketed as horror but there are many type of horror elements to the story. But there is also so much sadness that it pervades the entire story. The pain and anguish that Jane feels is so well written that you feel it as you are reading. You want to reach out to help Jane but she doesn’t want anyone’s help. She is so stuck in this horribly dark place. There are many thoughts about this book but I don’t want to ruin the entire book.