Jenna Blum (Adult Fiction)
Karena Jorge is a writer for the Minneapolis Ledger. Charles Hallingdahl is a gifted stormchaser with bipolar disorder. Twins separated for 20 years who share a horrifying secret from their past. As Karena discover, “Time will fold over the past if you let it”. But does it, really?
This book is divided into three parts: the first and third are set in present day with the second set in the past. I found the middle section far more interesting and better written. It provides a more intimate look at Karena and Charles, their relationship and unique bond as twins, his debilitating disorder, and the incredible toll it takes on the family.
Blum is a proficient storyteller who deftly exposes the raw emotions of dealing with mental illness. The book is an easy read with some dramatic moments. I would have enjoyed this book a bit more if Blum had focused less on the physical tornadoes wracking the Midwest and more on the mental whirlwinds that perpetually plagues and ravages Charles.