I snagged a copy of Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable just before leaving on a road trip… that ended with our family staying in a cabin in the woods for two days. What’s the premise of Stealing Jenny? I don’t think I’m giving too much away, but think Catholic Misery (not Catholic guilt, silly–different animal all together): a twisted soul kidnaps someone to, you guessed it, a cabin in the woods. My fertile imagination was glad that I had my family around me the whole time. There were mice in said cabin, but no kidnappers. Phew.
My review? I hate the use the cliche “fast-paced page-turner,” but it fits. The characters were believable. That is a huge compliment to a writer when bringing us characters who do things like–gasp!–practice NFP and chastity (sorry, folks, but no matter the morality I have espoused for myself, I am still a child of my culture, and if you’re going to write a character who lives a counter-cultural life, that character had better be three-dimensional). The suspense was well-developed and well-handled. There were a few characters I would have liked to see more fully-drawn, but all in all, Stealing Jenny was well worth the read.
If, however, you are planning on a trip to the woods and are easily frightened, save the read for when you’re back and safe at home.