Jamais vu is often described as the opposite of déjà vu. “In other words, it’s seeing something you know intimately as if for the first time.”
This phenomenon became the inspiration and backdrop for the time-traveling romance novel Jamais Vu by Kate J. Squires. Both a Wattpad author under the name Blondeanddangerous, as well as, self-published with two books (and hopefully with more to come).
I stumbled upon this gem this past weekend and could not put it down!
The novel is centered around a woman, Nessa, in her last year of her PhD when she begins to experience strong waves of déjà vu for places she’s never been and a stranger whom she believes to know already. On the other hand, Dan, is shocked by the appearance of a younger woman bearing a striking resemblance to his missing wife. Nessa is somehow traveling ten years into the future to meet the man who will eventually become her husband. Things become complicated as past and future collide and Nessa meets the young Dan in her present, while a decade in the future, Dan is trying to save his wife from the grasps of a serial killer.
As the tale unfolds Nessa and Dan will have to fight in order to keep their future intact.
From start to finish this book is a masterpiece and something I would recommend to many. The summary piqued my interest from the start despite my worries on how the author would execute differentiating the past and present. In the end, my worries were unfounded. Squires transitioned between the two with ease and clarity. The same is said for switching between both Dan and Nessa’s point of views. This provided so much depth to her characters and advanced the plot. The story progression was a good pace, especially with the underlying mystery. The romance felt realistic from the awkwardness of a new relationship to the honeymoon phase. And every time I’d thought I’d figured out the mystery something would change its direction building upon my curiosity. The need to know the truth kept me reading and surprised me upon the resolution.
But these aren’t the only reasons I’m impressed. I could tell fairly quickly how much work was put into writing this novel. It’s not easy writing. If it was everyone would be doing it. So to take the time to sit down and bare your soul to the whole world takes guts. I may not know her but I’m immensely proud of her.
If you’re looking for a new read, please please please check it out! I promise it is well worth it!
See ya in the A.M.
“Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within your power to change the world.”