Jane Doe

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 Aug 2018

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Elyse: I just finished Jane Doe and I think I need a cigarette. That was the most satisfying book I’ve read in ages.

Sarah: I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU TO HAVE READ IT. I’m so excited to talk about this book with you.

I know many people don’t like first-person POV, I have to say, spending a book inside the head of a person who has no capacity to experience shame, fear, guilt, or remorse was so incredibly liberating.

I love how the story mixes mystery, thriller, and a tiny bit of romance, too. We as the reader know she’s getting revenge, but the why, and the how – and the when – are all part of the mystery. And seeing how close she gets to killing Steven before she’s ready is also part of the suspense.

Elyse: Jane is a sociopath, she’s aware of it, and that’s where her power comes from. Without the first person narrative, we’d be unable to stay three moves ahead of Steven (the villain) who doesn’t even realize he’s playing chess.

I spent a long time thinking about Jane’s sociopathy after I finished this book. My understanding of sociopaths is mostly informed by crime thrillers that suggest sociopaths are rare creatures who morph into serial killers. Jane disabuses us of that notion, and of the idea that she cannot form meaningful interpersonal relationships.
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When we're first introduced to Jane, all we know is that she's working doing data entry at a company in the Midwest. She's taken a sabbatical from her job as a high-powered lawyer in Malaysia to come back to the States. She's toned down her appearance in terms of high-profile clothing, changed the color of her hair, and is doing everything possible to appear demure and weak. We later learn that she's grieving the death of her best friend Meg. Meg has killed herself over a relationship gone bad and it quickly becomes apparent that Jane is out to seek revenge against the man from Meg's past, Steven Hepsworth. The more Jane learns about Steven and his family, the more she desires revenge for her friend and is willing to do almost anything to get it. The only snag in Jane's plan is a chance meeting with an old college boyfriend, Luke. The more she begins to despise Steven, the more she gravitates toward Luke. Will Jane allow her quest for vengeance to override the desire for a relationship with a good man?

Jane Doe is a fast-paced and engaging read. From the very beginning, it is impossible to not know what Jane's intentions are because she verbalizes them quite well and often emphasizes the fact that she is a high-functioning sociopath. Does this make her a bad person when she's only out to get what she deems as justice for her friend? Is it ever right to take the law into your own hands? Is there anything you wouldn't do to right the wrongs of a loved one? Jane may not kill anyone (and that's the only hint I'll provide), but she does hold fast and firm to her intention to seek vengeance no matter the cost. Amazingly enough, Jane doesn't come across as a crazy person and she is somewhat likable in the end. Does she ever get her revenge against Steven Hepsworth? All I can say is read the book and find out for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this one. It was a pleasant escape from my tonsillectomy. 

The main character, Jane, plays two different people. One who must avenge her friend’s death and and one who wants to try out living a normal life. This is a classic tug of war between good versus evil. Jane ultimately make the right choice and I loved every second of it.
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‘I’ve never killed anyone. I’m not that kind of sociopath. But you never know. Desperate times…’

We’re always on the hunt for stories that offer something a little different, so if you’re like us and thrive on unique stories, then you MUST read Jane Doe. It was FANTASTIC! A suspenseful, wickedly amusing story with captivating mature writing that introduced us to a complex, funny and confounding character that is thirty-year-old, Jane Doe, a self-diagnosed sociopath with an acerbic wit and a vivid imagination. Jane Doe was one deliciously wicked and taunting tale we devoured from start to finish.

‘Emotion is sticky as tar, and it’s hard to get off you, which is why I’ve spent my whole life trying to avoid exposing my skin to it.’

Taking leave from her very successful Legal career and lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur, Jane accepts a role in a small insurance firm in Minneapolis, the place she spent her college years. However, Jane is going back a different version of herself, leaving behind the sexy confident go-getter to become a timid woman in order to capture the attention of her manager, the snivelling Steven Hepsworth.

“You’re sexy as hell,” he says. Lots of men have said this to me. They like a woman with no shame. We’re rare, you see because we’re told to be ashamed of everything, every day, by everyone. Ashamed to give them what they want, ashamed not to give it to them. Ashamed to show our average bodies, ashamed not to have a perfect one. I have no idea how normal women date. The world seems like it’d be an unbearable place for people with real feelings.’

Steven, the son of a minister is basically an A grade arsehole. He’s a man who delights in belittling women and sees Jane as the perfect catch for him. She appears subservient and he delights in knocking her confidence and lowering her self-esteem. It’s what Steven lives for. But…. Steven couldn’t be more off the mark! The real Jane is out for his blood, and she’s taking no prisoners, knowing her time in Minneapolis isn’t’ going to end well, Jane sets her plan in motion.

As we learn about Janes past, we begin to understand her reason for seeking retribution and why she has become emotionally shut off. We couldn’t help but connect to Jane. Her inner monologue is devilishly stinging and nail-biting at once! Hmmm secretly, wouldn’t we all want to be a bit like Jane?

‘Not all monsters are terrifying. Some of them are so tedious they’ll just make you wish for death.’

The way she smiles and appeases Steven, whilst inwardly plotting his downfall is deliciously wicked and scathing. Her thoughts are humorous and the opposite to the Jane this man thinks he is denigrating. We squirmed as she uncovered his weaknesses and rallied behind her in her quest for revenge!

‘Most of us aren’t evil; we’re just stupid and flawed and not careful with others.’

Jane Doe is a brilliantly written, captivating, intriguing, wickedly funny and somewhat deliciously dark story of revenge. Nothing is off limits in Jane Doe. You’ll devour this book as you unearth how she got there, what lead her to Steven and wonder if she does or doesn’t enact her revenge? We all know a Meg, we all hope to meet a Luke, we hope to god we never cross paths with a Steven, and we want to have a wine and a chat with Jane! She was such a fascinating character!

‘Are we all just animals bound to relive our broken childhoods over and over? Is it that simple?’

We’ve since heard that Sony has bought the TV rights to Jane Doe and can’t wait to see it brought to life! News has also broken about a second standalone Jane Doe Thriller called Problem Child releasing March next year, which is great news because we’re already missing Jane!
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‘I’ve never killed anyone. I’m not that kind of sociopath. But you never know. Desperate times…’

We’re always on the hunt for stories that offer something a little different, so if you’re like us and thrive on unique stories, then you MUST read Jane Doe. It was FANTASTIC! A suspenseful, wickedly amusing story with captivating mature writing that introduced us to a complex, funny and confounding character that is thirty-year-old, Jane Doe, a self-diagnosed sociopath with an acerbic wit and a vivid imagination. Jane Doe was one deliciously wicked and taunting tale we devoured from start to finish.

‘Emotion is sticky as tar, and it’s hard to get off you, which is why I’ve spent my whole life trying to avoid exposing my skin to it.’

Taking leave from her very successful Legal career and lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur, Jane accepts a role in a small insurance firm in Minneapolis, the place she spent her college years. However, Jane is going back a different version of herself, leaving behind the sexy confident go-getter to become a timid woman in order to capture the attention of her manager, the snivelling Steven Hepsworth.

“You’re sexy as hell,” he says. Lots of men have said this to me. They like a woman with no shame. We’re rare, you see because we’re told to be ashamed of everything, every day, by everyone. Ashamed to give them what they want, ashamed not to give it to them. Ashamed to show our average bodies, ashamed not to have a perfect one. I have no idea how normal women date. The world seems like it’d be an unbearable place for people with real feelings.’

Steven, the son of a minister is basically an A grade arsehole. He’s a man who delights in belittling women and sees Jane as the perfect catch for him. She appears subservient and he delights in knocking her confidence and lowering her self-esteem. It’s what Steven lives for. But…. Steven couldn’t be more off the mark! The real Jane is out for his blood, and she’s taking no prisoners, knowing her time in Minneapolis isn’t’ going to end well, Jane sets her plan in motion.

As we learn about Janes past, we begin to understand her reason for seeking retribution and why she has become emotionally shut off. We couldn’t help but connect to Jane. Her inner monologue is devilishly stinging and nail-biting at once! Hmmm secretly, wouldn’t we all want to be a bit like Jane?

‘Not all monsters are terrifying. Some of them are so tedious they’ll just make you wish for death.’

The way she smiles and appeases Steven, whilst inwardly plotting his downfall is deliciously wicked and scathing. Her thoughts are humorous and the opposite to the Jane this man thinks he is denigrating. We squirmed as she uncovered his weaknesses and rallied behind her in her quest for revenge!

‘Most of us aren’t evil; we’re just stupid and flawed and not careful with others.’

Jane Doe is a brilliantly written, captivating, intriguing, wickedly funny and somewhat deliciously dark story of revenge. Nothing is off limits in Jane Doe. You’ll devour this book as you unearth how she got there, what lead her to Steven and wonder if she does or doesn’t enact her revenge? We all know a Meg, we all hope to meet a Luke, we hope to god we never cross paths with a Steven, and we want to have a wine and a chat with Jane! She was such a fascinating character!

‘Are we all just animals bound to relive our broken childhoods over and over? Is it that simple?’

We’ve since heard that Sony has bought the TV rights to Jane Doe and can’t wait to see it brought to life! News has also broken about a second standalone Jane Doe Thriller called Problem Child releasing March next year, which is great news because we’re already missing Jane!
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Dark, twisted, very fast-paced read. Jane is a sociopath and knows it, but she is the best and most likable character in the book. She is straightforward (to the reader) about her motivation and intentions and I deliciously devoured to story to see how it would all play out.
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This was such a fun and quick read! What does it say about me for enjoying books about a sociopath? I just found Jane to be interesting and complex, and I liked that we got to explore her mind throughout the book. 

I will say that I was expecting more from the ending, but overall enjoyed this revenge thriller! 

*Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union, and Victoria Helen Stone for the opportunity to read and review Jane Doe.
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Loved this book! It was such a thrilling read. I had no idea how it was going to end, and it was very surprising.
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Fun quick read. While this book is definitely enjoyable I felt it lacked any real depth and I didn't feel a connection or emotion towards any of the characters.
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This book is crazy! It's about a girl named Jane, a self aware sociopath who has recently lost her best (and only) friend Meg. She goes on a mission to destroy the man who tortured her and was the main reason her friend died by suicide. It's a really unique take on the sociopath character, you don't hate Jane even though she does some pretty messed up things. You find yourself rooting for her in a weird way. Great read, would really like to read more from this author.
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I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and the Netgalley website for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted to the cover you can see Jane but Jane's face half to the left, half to the right.

We immediately learn that Jane has a double life with only one purpose: revenge. She works in an insurance company and lives her life usually. She is appreciated by her colleague Steven but no one really knows her. She's hiding something and her colleague will do anything to bring her down.

I immediately became hooked on the story, we really feel that something is wrong with Jane, that she is hiding something from us. I found the story captivating and full of suspense and twists and turns with the character of Jane endearing. Too eager to read another book by this author.
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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! 💥 JANE DOE 💥 by Victoria Helen Stone is Exhilarating. Addictive. Engrossing. Unputdownable. Fun and SO much more! 💥📚🔍
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Jane is a woman out for REVENGE and my god she has OUT DONE herself in the revenge department.  This girl knows how to F*CK up someone’s life and I could not get enough of her!  She is conniving, confident, and has NO fear and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her tear her “victims” life apart little by little day by day, hour by hour.  This girl does NOT take SH*T from anyone and she is my hero!💥📚
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If you haven’t read JANE DOE ~ I HIGHLY recommend it ~ ESPECIALLY if you LOVE a good, dark, twisted psychological thriller.  If you are a devoted Christian you may want to skip this book as Jane’s revenge centers around a Ministers son and you may find it offensive .... 😳 
Bottom line:  EVERYONE (on this planet) 🌎 has their secrets. Some darker than others and Jane is REALLY REALLY REALLY good at finding out what they are ..... 📚🔍
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JANE DOE came out last summer (2018) and I obtained a copy at the @boucherconworldmystery Convention.  FIVE (5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars ALL the way!  The chapters are short. The writing is brilliant. Easy to read, easy to follow.  Buy or Borrow this book ~ definitely BUY! 📚💥🔍
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***I was provided a free copy of the book by the publisher and net gallery in exchange for my honest opinion.***
“Jane Doe” is not a kind of book I would usually read, but the concept really intrigued me. I loved the story building and the way the book was written, it kept me interested throughout my read. It was a true delight and I couldn’t lay it down. Also the ending was really good I like it when I don’t see what’s coming from the start and Jane as a character was very unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
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Full review to come.
I deeply apologize, but life is a handful lately and I'm using all my free time to read, not review. I hope everybody understands.
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Thank you so much Lake Union Authors for a copy of Jane Doe in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Jane Doe a lot. Such a unique and fun concept for a novel. Steven really deserved everything he got.

Jane is a sociopath who is using her powers of manipulation to seduce Steven and learn all his dirty little secrets. It is a bit of a train wreck relationship in all the best ways. Such a fun and interesting story, it definitely kept my interest and I could not stop reading it.
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5 Stars!

“My cat appears and rubs her cheek against me in approval. She understands exactly. The kill is fun, but toying with your prey is really the best part.”


I just finished this book and I feel like I need more Jane in my life. This was such a satisfying read and I felt like each chapter made me want to keep coming back for more Jane!

Jane is a young professional and is good looking. She starts a job in Minnesota and catches the attention of her boss. They start flirting, he asks her out and the Jane/Steven Journey begins. Jane's best friend Meg, who was also in Minnesota, recently took her own life, and Jane is trying to figure out how best to cope with it. Meg's husband was abusive and condescending and Meg just couldn't take it anymore. Jane has always wanted revenge and just doesn't know how to properly "love". She see's certain qualities in Steven that make her made - he tries to bring her down, he turns everything he does wrong on her and uses her for favors all while he's living a double life. But she has to get revenge on men like this for Meg, right??? I won't say much more as there's a few twists and turns that come up within the story.

I loved this book so much. I thought that the pacing was perfect and it really emotionally grabbed me. When there were parts of the book where Jane was getting blamed for doing things like a woman I wanted to punch the book! It was infuriating to think that people are treated this way by their partners. It's truly sickening but it does make for a good book. I pretty much read this in a single day - plus it's only like 250 pages so it's a shorter length!

I highly recommend this to all that love thrillers. It kept my attention the whole time and I really want there to be a sequel so that I can read more of Jane! She is a character that will definitely stick with me for a long time. This is my first Victoria Helen Stone novel and I will definitely be reading more!
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Thank you Netgalley, the publisher and Victoria Helen Stone.
I absolutely loved, loved this book. Could not put it down.
I loved Jane, what a character.
I would not want her mad at me.
I cannot wait to read more books from this author.
Absolutely love it and highly recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book. From the beginning I was drawn in by the short chapters and direct narration by the main character. I wanted to know Jane, how she operated, and what her plans were when it came to dealing with Steven. I was pretty sure of Jane’s motives from the beginning but that didn’t take away from the story at all. There were a few moving pieces and it was interesting watching Jane work.

I appreciated the tone Jane used through the story and getting to know her felt a lot like when Jane discusses how it feels to watch her cat. Jane was a little unpredictable but that just made the situation that much more entertaining. I really liked how the story compared Steven to Luke and how each relationship highlighted a piece of Jane. It was fun getting to know Jane through her relationships in addition to her sharing directly with the reader.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense thrillers or domestic thrillers with a strong female main lead. Jane took no one’s crap and was great at manipulating, which is a refreshing look into a thriller story. Most of the time the man is chasing the woman and it was enjoyable to see Jane in charge.
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Pretty sure the author hates men, religion, and white people. A horrible book that doesn’t deserve a review. Horrible
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Hell hath no fury! A fascinating look at the lengths someone will go for revenge. Because so much of the book is in "Jane"'s POV, it was a bit choppy with an unreliable narrator. That said, it kept my interest--and kept me guessing--all the way through. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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