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Twins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past in Jenna Blum's first novel since her runaway bestseller, Those Who Save Us

How far would you go to protect a sibling-and at what cost to yourself?

In Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum proved herself a master storyteller with brilliant insight into the spectrum of human emotion. Now, Blum turns her sights to the mo
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Dutton Adult
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Jenna Blum
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the best new novel I've ever written.
Linda C
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Jenna Blum writes very well, but this book wasn't in the same league as her debut novel, "Those Who Save Us," which was brilliant. This was simply an ok, easy read, 3 stars-- while there were some beautifully written passages, at the end of the day, I'm not sure how much I cared about these people and their issues.

The book was divided into three sections-- present day Karena searching for her brother, past when Kerena and Charles were children, and present after the big reunion. The middle secti
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Denise
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unsatisfying..., August 13, 2010

This review is from: The Stormchasers (Hardcover)
This book was not on the same level as Blum's previous work, Those Who Save Us. Although I enjoyed this narrative well enough at the beginning, the middle really dragged, and the ups and downs of reading about Karena dealing with obstinate Charles (the twin with severe bipolar illness) wore me out and ultimately bored me.

Although the metaphor of stormchasing and bipolar "storms" was ap
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Melissa Storm
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine the strange incompleteness one must experience when carrying-on life in the absence of her twin sibling? Factor in that Karena’s twin, Charles, suffers unmedicated bipolar disorder and that she hasn’t seen him for twenty years. And, oh yeah, he left her after a catastrophic event tore them apart—a secret they keep sheltered from the rest of the world.

One day, Karena receives a call from an unknown hospital three states away. Her brother is being treated there. Karena rushes to th
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Valerie
First off I really like the cover. Usually I don't think too much about them unless they are terrible, but I really liked that the sister is on the front and then if you turn it around the brother is on the back (and no faces). I appreciated that the book was set in the mid-west (tornado alley to be specific); an often neglected part of the US.

The moment you start reading the book you know this woman has problems. Though she is successful in her job and money, her personal life is another story
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Erika Robuck
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When The Stormchasers begins, Karena Jorge is turning 38, but in spite of her newspaper job and close friends, her life feels empty. She feels the vacancy of her separation from her bipolar, storm-chasing twin, Charles. Before the day is over, she gets the call she’s been anticipating for years–a psychiatric ward in Kansas contacts her looking for the family of a man who has just checked in. Once Karena is able to get to the hospital, her brother is gone, but she is determined to find him. Karen ...more
Heather
I was really excited to read this book, especially after reading the synopsis. I immediately thought of the movie Twister, a movie that I love, and I had hoped this book would be similar in plot and action, unfortunately my hopes had been dashed. I was disappointed in the delivery of the action sequences. I felt Jenna Blum was a little lackadaisical in the description of the tornado/storm chases. I felt a little let down in some parts, because I wanted more. The feeling of being thrilled or some ...more
Sara
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 40-in-2010
This book was written well enough to read quickly and was engaging enough that I wanted to keep reading. I loved "Those Who Save Us" and was expecting something great from Jenna Blum, but this is nothing like "Those Who Save Us" - not in writing style, type of story, nothing similar at all. I was really thrown off by that.

I felt very distracted throughout this book. I don't know if it was Blum's writing style so much as her inability to convince me that she knew about bipolar disorder. I felt l
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David Sullivan
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here's my review that I posted on Amazon:

Storms are such an apt metaphor for this well-written novel that moves along as if caught in a tornado's cycling winds. There are the actual storms, brought to life with descriptive prose, full of color, fury and passion. Then there are the storms between characters, brother and sister, children and parents, boyfriend and girlfriend. And finally, there is the storm that rages in Charles' head, electric synapses firing in unpredictable sequences, connectin
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Kathy
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I was a huge fan of Those Who Save Us so I was really psyched to see that Jenna Blum had a new book out. The Stormchasers was a very quick read, but nowhere near as fulfilling as Those Who Save Us was. The story centers on Karena and Charles, fraternal twins who have been estranged since Charles' bipolar disorder landed him in the hospital 20 years earlier. Charles is a storm chaser, following tornados and equating them to the storm of emotions in his own head that his disorder brings him. Karen ...more
Louise Behrendt Miller
I read Ms. Blum's "Those Who Save Us," and loved it; thus I was looking foward to reading this story of Karena and her twin, Charles, a bi-polar "stormchaser." While Karena was somewhat likeable as a protaganist, I found it hard to believe that, after twenty years without any contact with Charles, she could easily find him by joining a one week tour group of people who pay to follow tornados. Did not care how it ended; could not wait to be done with this book. A true disappointment.
Laura Busch
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the wonderful author I was able to obtain an advance copy of The Stormchasers. I can highly recommend this book which will be on sales May 27th. new and very different subject matter, very refreshing.
Veronique
unfortunarely this book wasn't for me. I just couldn't get into it.
I did not connect with the characters and found the side characters too two dimensional. Also the romance felt a bit rushed.
I did like the stormchasing in this book and this definitely made me read on.
I can't tell you if the bipolar disorder was a good representation because I have never got into contact with someone with bipolar.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 4/17/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...

When I was approached about reading this novel I hesitated. I have never been particularly interested in the weather or bi-polar disorder. Furthermore, these topics seemed like a massive undertaking to merge into one cohesive novel. However, I am really trying this year to read things outside of my normal reading comfort zone and broaden my horizons with new genres and authors. Because Goldberg McDuffie has never lead
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Mookie
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love prairie storms. It's hard to articulate to someone not from the prairies what's so beautiful about miles of flat land, and overwhelming sky, and the dark clouds that encroach from the horizon. Jenna Blum writes in ways that is so tangent and real and she articulates perfectly the feel of summer road-trips and solo flights and sitting in empty parking of highway motels. You can taste the scenery. I will read this book over and over again for the descriptors alone.

A lot of reviewers have me
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Jennifer
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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Tami Nelson
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
WOW!!! Double WOW!
This book was AMAZING! I just got it in the mail (free courtesy of Goodreads, and the Author/Publisher..Thank you very much by the way), yesterday, and 24 hours later I have finished it. I love this book so much, it was impossible to pit this book down. I love the way Jenna describes the whole twin dynamic, of Charles and Karena.
This book is about a divorced woman (Karena), who in her search for her bipolar twin brother (Charles) finds a love that she never thought she was g
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Andrew Fendrich
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-bookshelf
I was really looking forward to this book. It was a disappointment.

I'd call it a YA-written Lifetime-TV novel for adults.

The language was unbearable. Every single character's penchant for the "f-bomb" would make Gillian Flynn blush. I can handle this type of language in a Stephen King thriller, but in a story about a middle-aged divorced woman trying to find her wayward bi-polar twin brother? It's superfluous and distracting.

The present-tense narrative reads like 50 Shades of Grey. (Which I ha
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Kristin
Jan 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I am wavering between one and two stars. It wasn't completely unreadable, but it was an exercise in self-indulgence clothed in the trite trappings of a modern pop novel. Blum wants to let us know that she is the one person in the world who understands (and can convey) what bipolar is all about. The resulting book is nearly empty of story, although there are a few entertaining passages here and there. The analogy to tornadoes is unimaginative, and the rest of it falls rather flat.
Jen
Jun 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
I adored Jenna Blum's first book, and looked forward to this. What a disappointment! I have not read such a terrible book since I was 14 and my recently widowed uncle brought me a big box of Harlequin romances that had belonged to his wife. There is not one thing I liked about this book. Not one. Cheesy, cheesy romance. Annoying prose. Pull-your-hair-out-repetitive. Just ugh.
Christine McBride
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Jeanna and even got this book from a meet and greet I want to with her but this book was not up to her level of writing. The characters were annoying, way too much backstory with little purpose and the ending wrapped up too quickly in a nice bow for a story of this nature.
Rachel
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for this to come out on May 27!!
Tessa
I really enjoyed this book. I love books set in the Midwest, I love books about siblings, and I love anything related to severe weather. This book checked a lot of boxes for me.

This book caught my attention from the very beginning. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. The twin bond between Karena and Charles was compelling and I wanted to learn more about their relationship.

I absolutely loved the stormchasing aspect and all the descriptions of storms. It's fantastic to read a book ab
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Deadra
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really interesting and a quick read. It was based out of the Twin Cities, which made it even more fun.
Jlaurenmc
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jenna Blum's newest novel The Stormchasers relates the story of fraternal twins Karena and Charles Hallingdahl. Estranged for twenty years, Karena receives a phone call one day from a hospital that is treating her brother for anxiety attacks. Karena leaves her life in the Twin Cities to travel to Kansas to see her brother, so long missing from their family. However, by the time she arrives Charles has been discharged from the hospital and is gone once again. Karena explains to the doctor who tre ...more
Jenny
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't remember hearing about this at all when it came out; I found it when I was in the stacks, and picked it up because I'd loved Those Who Save Us. This book, though entirely different in setting, is of equal quality. It is a story about 38-year-old Karena and her bipolar, tornado-chasing twin, Charles, told in four parts: Karena in July 2008; Karena and Charles in 1988, the summer after their senior year of high school; Karena and Charles in August 2008; and an epilogue, set a year later, i ...more
Carol
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I go to my local library I often browse the "new" books on the shelf first., maybe because those shelves are directly in front of the circulation desk. But lately I've been feeling sorry for the books in the stacks; there are so many of them and I felt they could use a little "check out" love, so I decided to read alphabetically, by author, through those shelves. I've done the "A" book with Jeannine Atkins' "Little Woman and Blue" and now it was time to choose a "B".

I have been a long-time
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Rachel Carr
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
To read more reviews check out Reading Rendezvous on MISS at www.missomnimedia.com/tag/reading-ren...

Jenna Blum’s novel The Stormchasers : A Novel is a heartbreaking story of family and love. As we follow Karena on a search for love and her brother, Charles, Charles is plagued with bi-polar disorder and a chronic need to follow danger. Charles and Karena are twins who haven’t seen each other in 20 years due to his illness. Karena constantly checks stormchaser websites to look for updates her bro
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
This is a story about a brother and sister that are twins, Karena and Charles. Charles suffers from rapid cycling bipolar disorder. They have not seen each other for 20 years when Karena receives a call from a mental hospital in Kansas telling her they have admitted her brother. She rushes to the hospital only to learn that he had been released and the doctor there knew nothing about his bipolar disorder.

Charles has always been obsessed with tornadoes, even when they were children. He has been
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Gina
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004), THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, 2010), and THE LOST FAMILY (Harper Collins, 2018). Jenna is also the author of the novella "The Lucky One" in GRAND CENTRAL (Berkeley/Penguin, July 2014) and the audio course “The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction” (Recorded Books, 2015). Jenna is ...more

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