Friday, September 11, 2009

The Little Insanity by Janus Kane

Ever hear of the Six Degrees of Separation theory, sometimes referred to as the Human Web? It refers to the idea that we are all connected to each other by a chain of six intermediaries, we all have the potential to know each other through mutual acquaintances. The Little Insanity by Janus Kane proves that it is a small world after all with his tale of six people whose lives intersect in unpredictable ways.

Jenn has sex with Jason and gives him the brush off despite the fact he wants to see her again.

Jason complains to his buddy Kyle.

Kyle has his own problems; his marriage to Kyra is going south.

Kyra tells her coworker Beth, a bulimic, that she's thinking about divorcing Kyle.

Beth commiserates, leaves work and sideswipes Brad's new Beemer with her '93 Ford.

Brad visits the police station and hands the accident info over to a cop, who happens to be Jason. Brad is new in town and Jason extends an invitation to hang out with the guys. He then meets Beth to take a look at her car. Beth goes off to therapy with Jenn, who has a Master's Degree in Social Work. Later Jenn visits her wealthy parents and finds mom drinking and taking pills because dad is having another affair. She leaves and runs into Kyle who is there to do some painting. Kyle discovers Jenn's mom unconscious, gives her CPR and calls 911. Jenn and Kyle meet again in the hospital and Jenn takes him to dinner as a thank you for saving her mother's life. She likes him, a first because her relationships rarely extend past the bedroom. Kyle calls it an early night because Kyra is waiting at home. Of course he hasn't told Jenn he's married. She stops at a bar and runs into Brad, gives him a fake name and ends up having a night of mind-blowing sex...

And that's just the beginning.

This is a story about relationships, addictions and deeply flawed characters. The chapters are short and they move along relentlessly. Each one focuses on a character but the lives of the cast become hopelessly intertwined in alarming ways. The twists and turns kept me reading and before I knew it, I had finished the book. Some situations may seem implausible but Kane makes it all work by giving his characters real life issues to deal with. I loved it!

Publisher: March Books (May 6, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1935367291
Paperback: 296 pages