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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#allthebookreviews: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone @luauthors @amazonpub #victoriahelenstone

Jane Doe
by Victoria Helen Stone

Thanks so much to Lake Union Publishing for these copies!
Starting off August properly with this amazing read!


Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: August 1, 2018

258 Pages
Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her.

My Review:

I want Jane to be my friend and protector.  Hell, I want to BE Jane Doe!  A friend said her sarcasm was similar to mine and this made me weirdly proud.  It almost makes me think I'm a bit on the spectrum to being a sociopath and well... I'm actually quite find with that. 

You never really know what's going on with Jane at the beginning but your curiosity is definitely piqued.  This story is told through Jane and Jane only.  Probably the way she would've liked it and certainly the way that I did.  There's SO MANY THINGS I'd like to discuss about this book but you really should walk in blind.  Thankfully the synopsis is vague enough that you pretty much are even with that... BLISS.

I did love this tale of revenge, the course of action Jane took and her inner monologue throughout the story.  (I also now want a cat more than I had previously but that's a whole other story.)  What I enjoyed even more was the straight up linear psychological thriller without any throat punching twists or great reveals.  Just a solid story told from beginning to end.  Don't mess with Jane.

An easy psychological thriller that will be hard to put down once you pick it up.  Just read it.


Jessica's Review:

So, a psychological thriller that is set in Minnesota? Count me in! JANE DOE is exactly what it says it is, a revenge story. Plain and simple. This isn't your typical psychological thriller in that it doesn't have all the tropes and writing devices that we all have come to expect. No unreliable narrators, no jumping between time lines and perspectives, and no real twists. Just a twisted female lead that is hellbent on revenge.

Jane Doe returns to the United States and resides in Minneapolis - ah yes, a familiar landscape! She is ready to take out her revenge and she has her eye on Steven Hepworth. She is determined to infiltrate every aspect of his life - but why Steven and what is she going to do?

I don't want to go into the plot much more - you get all you need to know from the synopsis (finally one that doesn't spoil or mislead!). Jane is a sociopath and I know I'm not the only one that loves these kinds of characters. This gives her a very unique voice and I will always welcome the opportunity to dive into the mind of someone with this personality trait.

If you're looking for a thriller that has a refreshing new take on the genre, and if you love a good sociopath, then you'll love JANE DOE.

I give this 4.5/5 stars 

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