Jane
By Aline Brosh McKenna Illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez
Graphic Novel, 2017
Reviewed by Penny Cunningham, Adult Services

This graphic novel is a clever reworking of the classic tale of “Jane Eyre.” Jane is transformed into a contemporary comic strip heroine. Left an orphan after her parents are lost at sea, Jane endures a miserable childhood with uncaring relatives. She works on a fishing boat in their small New England coastal town until she finally breaks away to seek her future in New York City. She becomes a nanny for a wealthy businessman, and soon finds out that the magnificent households many secrets. The illustrations quickly shift perspective, conveying subtle clues and expansive cityscapes with dexterity. For a 2D heroine Jane is an engaging 3D person, and we root for her every step of the way.

 

The Seagull
By Ann Cleeves
Adult Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Susan Gamberg, Youth Services

Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is called back to prison by an inmate, former Detective Superintendent John Brace, serving time for corruption. He wants to make a deal with Vera, he’ll give her information about a missing persons case dating from the 1990s if she agrees to keep a look out for his daughter and grandchildren. Vera helped put him in prison and her deceased father was also involved with Brace and two others at the time with illegal activities. This becomes a case that Vera must tread carefully as she uncovers many secrets.