The Town of Jasper by James Gianetti Review
A fresh take on the isolated town story, The Town of Jasper is a unique tale that follows two people, one a cop and an addict who struggles to
learn the dark secrets of the outbreak within Jasper, and the man who rose to power during the crisis in Jasper. Here is the synopsis for James
Gianetti’s The Town of Jasper:
Deadly foes and unexpected allies. A thrilling race against the clock.
Jack Sutherland, a disgraced detective battling his own addictions, must trudge through the quarantined town of Jasper. After “The Incident”
leaving half of Jasper’s population unconscious, Richard Morrisey rose to power. Morrisey, a grieving man desperate for justice, keeps the town
afloat by forging a tentative alliance with the mysterious and violent Filmore Whites. Meanwhile, a deadlier enemy lurks, known only as The
Redeemers. This cult has its own dark ideas for Jasper’s salvation.
Together, Sutherland and Morrisey battle impossible odds to save what little is left of Jasper.
The story of a small town being isolated from the world has seen a growth in popularity in recent years. From the highly acclaimed Stephen King
book Under the Dome to the popular Netflix series Between, this particular story has been used quite often. That is why it is so refreshing to
read a book with such a breath of fresh air into this particular genre. Rather than kill off half of the town’s residents or have them disappear,
readers are able to feel a more emotional connection to the characters as they are forced to watch over their loved ones, who remain unaware
of the situation developing in the town. The dark, complicated lives of both Jack and Richard are thoroughly explored in this book, and readers
will love to see the emotional roller coaster these two characters go on themselves, as well as the effect it has on the supporting characters
in this novel.
The novel itself was very well written. With very minimal grammatical errors, this story flowed beautifully, and the way the author eased back
and forth between the past and present from chapter to chapter until both finally caught up with one another was a great story telling device
that was used organically. Overall, this is a rich, dark and powerful thriller that readers need to read. The emotions running through this
novel are felt on every page, and that’s what makes this such an intriguing read. I give this book a 10/10 rating, as it kept me interested and
hanging on the edge of my seat as I read it, and I think this book showcases a true calling to writing for James Gianetti, and I hope to see more
of his work in the future. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Town of Jasper on May 9th, 2017!