Almost Home by Pam Jenoff is the story of Jordan Weiss, who ten years ago was a student at Cambridge, feeling as though the world was at her doorstep – she was happy, she was on a rowing team, and she had a boyfriend she cared about. All that changed drastically when her boyfriend Jared drowned. Her world fell apart…
In the years to follow Jordan became a State Department intelligence officer. She has travelled all over the world on many dangerous assignments and that’s the life she likes. The one place she has managed to avoid going back to has been England and she doesn’t ever intend to either.
Yet when she receives a short note from her best friend Sarah, who suffers from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease- a terminal illness), asking her to come to see her, Jordan puts aside her dread about going back and goes forward with getting a job transfer to England. She wants to be with Sarah and help her for as long as she may have left.
Jordan comes face to face with her past the second she arrives in London. There are reminders everywhere of her past there with Jared. Not only that but shortly after arriving an old college mate from Cambridge, Chris, contacts her and tells her that he doesn’t think that Jared’s death was an accident; he thinks he was murdered.
So between Jordan working on a secret mission with an extremely attractive man named Sebastian and dealing with trying to find out what really happened to Jared, she is kept pretty busy. Things start really heating up though as she and Chris begin to get too close to what may be the truth – a truth that has startling consequences dating way back in history. Soon Jordan doesn’t know who to trust as her life and her friends around her are in immediate danger. What will happen? Will she uncover the truth of what happened to Jared? And what will that mean to her future?
Jordan is a great character and I really liked her. Right from the beginning Jordan’s character draws you into the story. Almost Home has elements of friendship, romance, politics and a thriller for sure. I found a few places a little slow in the beginning but once the story got going I couldn’t put it down and the last half of this book flies by so quickly. The end threw me completely for a loop. I didn’t expect what happened and I have to say that I’m very happy there is a sequel coming because I really want to know what happened after I turned that last page of Almost Home.
You can purchase Almost Home by Pam Jenoff here in the US and here in Canada. Be sure to pop in and visit Pam Jenoff’s website as well. Also, make sure to stop by Peeking Between the Pages tomorrow for a guest post from Pam Jenoff as she discusses Knowing Yourself as A Writer.
My review copy of Almost Home came directly from the author Pam Jenoff.
I am glad you enjoyed this one. Sounds like a great book, full of surprises.
Sounds good. Haven't read anything with spies in a while
Now this sounds like a spy book that I could really get into!!!
I enjoyed this book as well and am glad to hear there is a sequel.
Sounds like a good book, Dar. Thank goodness there's a sequel : )
Looks like a great read! I'm going to have to add it to my list of books to pick up this summer.
I'm just finishing up this book now and I agree with your assessment. I'm looking forward to picking up Jenoff's other books that I recently purchased at a bookstore closeout.
Jenn's Bookshelves says
This one's coming up in my review pile. I've read so many great reviews about it I can't wait to get started!
This one sounds really exciting! All kinds of angles to hold your attention, and maybe your breath too.
Have to put it in my list to read!
Susan Helene Gottfried says
My book club read her first two books, and I'll be meeting her in May at a writer's conference (well, I intend to meet her, anyway!).
I'll have to run this past the bookclub ladies…
There you go, Dar, making my tbr that much longer!
Alice Teh says
I like the sound of this one! Even the cover looks good.
This sounds really good-lots of twists and turns.
I enjoyed Jenoff's other novels, so I can't wait to read this one. Glad to see you enjoyed it.
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Literary Feline says
I really like the sound of this book and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for your great review, Dar.
Very nice review Dar. I think I'd like to read this one for sure. 🙂
Jenny Girl says
I like endings that throw you for a loop. This sounds different than what I normally read so I would like to give it go.
this one does sound good, great review.
I like books with unexpected endings.
The book sounds very good, but also seems like it has a lot of sad elements in it. Great review on this one Dar. I'm glad that you liked it so much!