First sentence: “The house on the cliff looks like a ship disappearing into fog.”
Jane, Unlimited is—how should I say—eccentric.
Tu Reviens is a house of mysteries and so are the odd characters of Jane, Unlimited. Jane once promised her dear Aunt Magnolia never to turn down an invitation to Tu Reviens house, and when she’s given an opportunity to visit this place, Jane accepts. There, she finds herself captured in that weird little world and finds herself delving into the suspicious activities of the residents and visitors of Tu Reviens.
Jane, Unlimited is like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story—Jane picks one of these eccentric characters to follow: Mrs. Vanders the housekeeper; the little girl digging in the garden; Kiran, Jane’s former tutor; Ravi, Kiran’s twin brother and art collector; or Jasper, the Basset Hound—and every path takes you into a story that will delight, charm, intrigue, or confuse you. These stories are very familiar—in that they borrow from other genres. You get the Gothic vibes of Rebecca and Jane Eyre; a spy thriller that looks like a screwball mystery; a horror story that gets under your skin; and many other genres that will confuse but captivate readers. Each story are filled with the same group of characters who have quirks that make their actions outlandish but intriguing. Prepare for these stories and characters to disorient you. You won’t know left from right.
There’s something charming about this weird book. Maybe it’s the familiarity of the different genres being mashed-up in Jane, Unlimited, or it’s the confusion of not knowing what is going on (I love books like that), or it’s just the cleverness of the writing and how this is clearly a book that needs to be read more than once. I love that despite how confusing it can get, you start to see the bigger picture—that this world is bigger than these characters.
This is a book I do not want to talk about in detail because if I do, I’ll spoil what happens, and the beauty of this book is not knowing what the hell is going on. I went into this book completely blind, and ooooh boy, you’re in for a very strange ride. It’s hard to understand what I’m talking about without reading the book, but I implore you to do it—read Jane, Unlimited!
Should you read Jane, Unlimited? YES!!!!