Jane Doe
A double life with a single purpose: revenge.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.

Jane Doe Details

TitleJane Doe
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense, Drama, Adult

Jane Doe Review

  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Victoria Helen Stone, or shall I say Victoria Dahl—I absolutely loved Jane Doe and I am pleading for you to write a sequel. I need Jane in my life, and now that I'm done with this novel, I don't know how I will be able to cope without her. Jane, my imaginary bff, is a sociopath, hellbent on revenge. Jane moves back to the United States, specifically to Minneapolis, after living a very profitable life in Malaysia for years. Jane has gone rogue, working at an insurance company as a temp assist Victoria Helen Stone, or shall I say Victoria Dahl—I absolutely loved Jane Doe and I am pleading for you to write a sequel. I need Jane in my life, and now that I'm done with this novel, I don't know how I will be able to cope without her. Jane, my imaginary bff, is a sociopath, hellbent on revenge. Jane moves back to the United States, specifically to Minneapolis, after living a very profitable life in Malaysia for years. Jane has gone rogue, working at an insurance company as a temp assistant for the firm, so she can get to know Steven Hepsworth. Steven is super religious, controlling, and a chauvinist asshole who preys on the weak and timid. Jane has played mind games before—she's a master manipulator and an expert at playing on the emotions of men. Jane is ready for revenge and ready to destroy Steven at all costs. Why is Jane so determined to ruin Steven? I can't really dive any deeper into the story, and trust me, you don't want to know anymore because the best thing about this story are the secrets behind the characters. Jane is seriously my imaginary bff and I can't wait for you to see why. She's ruthless, sarcastic, hilarious, and devious. If you think Gone Girl was intense, you haven't met Jane Doe . I devoured this book; sneaking some reading at work, on the subway, at home, you name it! I just couldn't get enough of Jane and her antics. I promise you all, I'm not a sociopath, but I am so intrigued in the inner workings of people who suffer from this personality trait. Jane exhibits all signs of sociopath behavior, but she's quite lovable as a character—you are rooting for her to win! Jane Doe is sexy, smart, and truly the dark psychological thriller that I've been looking for. With this tale, you get an original, truly immersive story, while also comedy and thrills that you didn't see coming. I urge you to pick up Jane Doe when it's released August 1st. Thank you Amazon Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:I’ve been to church plenty of times. When you grow up in rural Oklahoma, there’s no avoiding it… We had no use for pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps Christianity. If there wasn’t a big potluck after services, what was the point of going? My mom always stayed late, putting on a show of helping clean up. I liked that part. There were lots of leftovers, and she usually smuggled out a couple of free serving bowls.That first time I read about sociopaths, I felt filled up with a brig Favorite Quotes:I’ve been to church plenty of times. When you grow up in rural Oklahoma, there’s no avoiding it… We had no use for pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps Christianity. If there wasn’t a big potluck after services, what was the point of going? My mom always stayed late, putting on a show of helping clean up. I liked that part. There were lots of leftovers, and she usually smuggled out a couple of free serving bowls.That first time I read about sociopaths, I felt filled up with a bright light that was equal parts terror and joy. Finally—finally!—I understood. It was scary to know the truth, yes, but not nearly as frightening as ignorance… later research at the county library assured me that most people like me don’t grow up to be killers. We lie and manipulate and take advantage, but usually that just makes us great at business. Yay for capitalism… There are a lot of us. More than I even realized back then. Most of us are just trying to get through the day, like aliens living secretly among humans. And we’re great for the economy. It’s easy to turn a profit when you have no self-doubt.The clerk is a pale young man who looks like he suffered a terrible haircut nine months ago and decided to never try again.Everyone likes to be told they are right, because that means someone else is deliciously, fantastically wrong, and that is a joy that never gets old. I like it too.Don’t believe the movies about us. Being a sociopath doesn’t automatically make someone a genius at killing. I’m learning on the job here.My Review:Gird yourselves – this is going to be a full-on rave and I fear my anxiously eager yet well-manicured fingers may not be able to keep up. Jane Doe was a tasty treat! It was deliciously snarky, brilliantly written, expertly crafted, and savagely clever. I loved every fiendishly compelling word. It was wicked good, and I feel impotent and ineffectual, as I cannot mentally retrieve enough lofty adjectives and adverbs to do it justice. I was immediately sucked into Jane’s cunning vortex and honestly, I didn’t want to leave as I took great pleasure in being a hitchhiker within her deviously sly cranium and being privy to her sardonic inner musings and razor-sharp insights while she ingeniously plotted the demise of her best friend’s tormenter. In deciding the best course of action for her vengeance, Jane debated and shuffled through various scenarios in determining her plan. I was gleefully cheering her on every step of the way and greatly relieved when she landed on the winning combination without bloodshed, yet was far more devastating. I had never read this author in either incarnation whether Victoria Helen Stone or Victoria Dahl, but she is my new favorite. I adore her. Fangirl down!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5God you guys, this was such a refreshing read, especially for a psychological thriller. There’s not an unreliable narrator in sight, there are not multiple perspectives and there are zero time jumps. If a book labeled as a psychological thriller doesn’t have all three of those is it even really a psychological thriller? Hahaha, I’m kidding, this definitely is and it consumed me, I freaking loved it.Jane is unapologetically who she is, and she’s a sociopath on a mission. She wants revenge an 4.5/5God you guys, this was such a refreshing read, especially for a psychological thriller. There’s not an unreliable narrator in sight, there are not multiple perspectives and there are zero time jumps. If a book labeled as a psychological thriller doesn’t have all three of those is it even really a psychological thriller? Hahaha, I’m kidding, this definitely is and it consumed me, I freaking loved it.Jane is unapologetically who she is, and she’s a sociopath on a mission. She wants revenge and Steven is her target and she won’t let anything get in her way. She had one of the best voices I’ve encountered in ages, highly unique, she’s funny in a super dry way, she’s cold, manipulative, calculating and cunning and I loved her. I couldn’t help it, I think it goes back to what I said earlier, she doesn’t apologize for who she is, she’s confident and smart and insightfully self aware. She knows she’s not normal, but she doesn’t care, she’s not trying to change and she only pretends to be someone she really isn’t if it serves a greater purpose.I totally binge read this, I could not wait to see how things played out and if Jane would be successful in all of her plotting and planning. I had so much fun with this and was rooting for Jane so hard, who knew an emotionless sociopath could be so likable? The ending was also great, very strong, a little surprising and super satisfying.Jane Doe in three words: Crafty, Interesting and Vengeful.
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  • Kevin Dowson
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this one took me by surprise. I chose it as my July First Read selection because none of the others really grabbed me and I thought it might make something of a change. When I began I wondered if I had made the right choice after all. At one point it felt like I had stumbled into "chick lit" but, hey, I'm secure enough in my masculinity to press on......I was wide of the mark with the chick lit tag. There is romance - sort of. Definitely not the hearts and rainbows type, not full of tanned Well, this one took me by surprise. I chose it as my July First Read selection because none of the others really grabbed me and I thought it might make something of a change. When I began I wondered if I had made the right choice after all. At one point it felt like I had stumbled into "chick lit" but, hey, I'm secure enough in my masculinity to press on......I was wide of the mark with the chick lit tag. There is romance - sort of. Definitely not the hearts and rainbows type, not full of tanned muscular males and breathless dreamy girls, that's for sure. What we have instead is a kind of female "Dexter" without the serial killing. Like Jeff Lindsay's anti-hero, we have a self-aware sociopath, on a mission and at peace with who (or what) she is. And like Dexter, you are rooting for her the whole time. Will she complete her mission? Can she live like a "real girl"?Narrated by the eponymous Jane throughout, there is dark humour running through, the sort that makes you grin while reading even though you know it's wrong. You think you kind of know how things will turn out, yet that doesn't spoil the journey. And, anyway, you might be wrong. So just go with it.This is dark but not excessively so. It is funny but not comedy. It is suspenseful without being a suspense novel. I'm not sure exactly what it is, if you need to put it in a pigeonhole then good luck. All I know is that I like it - a lot. 4.75 stars.
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  • SuperWendy
    January 1, 1970
    Edited 7/26/18: Bumping my rating up to 5 Stars. I seriously cannot stop thinking about this book.*****Revenge stories are as old as time but rarely do we get one that doesn't involve an unhinged female character (look, Glenn Close shouldn't have boiled the bunny - but Michael Douglas is seen as the victim and frankly that has always yanked my chain). Jane is a sociopath but it's not like she's ever killed anyone. Well, yet anyway. Steven has to pay for what he did (and no, I'm not going to tell Edited 7/26/18: Bumping my rating up to 5 Stars. I seriously cannot stop thinking about this book.*****Revenge stories are as old as time but rarely do we get one that doesn't involve an unhinged female character (look, Glenn Close shouldn't have boiled the bunny - but Michael Douglas is seen as the victim and frankly that has always yanked my chain). Jane is a sociopath but it's not like she's ever killed anyone. Well, yet anyway. Steven has to pay for what he did (and no, I'm not going to tell you - read the book!) and she's still working out what her revenge will be. Does she kill him or let him live and destroy his life as he knows it?A psychological thriller that is compulsively readable, perversely funny, unapologetic, and not an unreliable narrator in sight. I know! I was beginning to think female characters who get black-out drunk and can't remember if they committed a crime or not was becoming it's own sub genre. Jane is cool, methodical, and wickedly smart. And Steven? Deserves everything that's coming to him and more. Ladies, it's the revenge thriller we've always deserved that we're finally now getting. Oh, and the ending is bloody perfect in every way.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant thriller with dark humourI chose this book as my Kindle First selection this month not expecting much. Wow, was I wrong! This book was fast paced and such an easy read. You really find yourself rooting for the main character.
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    January 1, 1970
    So twisted!!!!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐I am so torn on this review for Jane Doe. Overall, I did really enjoy this book. This book is exactly what it says it is - no plot twists, no unreliable narrators, just a straight-up revenge psychological thriller. This book was surprisingly amusing. It's not a comedy, but it had some good comedic relief. I feel like that's pretty rare for the thriller genre, so it was refreshing to see that. Jane is a fairly likeable character, and you don't spent your time hitting your head wondering why s 3.5⭐I am so torn on this review for Jane Doe. Overall, I did really enjoy this book. This book is exactly what it says it is - no plot twists, no unreliable narrators, just a straight-up revenge psychological thriller. This book was surprisingly amusing. It's not a comedy, but it had some good comedic relief. I feel like that's pretty rare for the thriller genre, so it was refreshing to see that. Jane is a fairly likeable character, and you don't spent your time hitting your head wondering why she did something. Now come my problems - like I said, this is a pure revenge psychological thriller without any crazy frills. Because of this, a lot the storyline felt too basic to me. It was a little too predictable, and I wish that it would have been darker. These things don't necessarily make Jane Doe a bad book - it's still an enjoyable read. I just wanted more out of it. I also felt like all of the characters were a little too stereotypical. I was waiting for one of them to do something that would surprise me, but none of them ever did. I just wish it would have been a little less paint-by-numbers. Even though I had fun reading this, I am going with 3 stars because I felt like something was missing - maybe not enough risk was taken with the characters and plotlines. I will still try another book from Victoria Helen Stone, and I recommend picking this one up for a lighter summer thriller!
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. It took a bit to get into it because at the beginning you are left in the dark as to what Jane is up to. When the reveal is done, I had to go back to reread it as it was a shocker to see who Jane had in her sights for her revenge.There are some nasty words used in the book and some sexually explicit scenes but I still enjoyed the comeuppance for Steven. For me, this was a very good revenge book - it ticked all the right boxes and I thought a very clever revenge. The way Jane I enjoyed this book. It took a bit to get into it because at the beginning you are left in the dark as to what Jane is up to. When the reveal is done, I had to go back to reread it as it was a shocker to see who Jane had in her sights for her revenge.There are some nasty words used in the book and some sexually explicit scenes but I still enjoyed the comeuppance for Steven. For me, this was a very good revenge book - it ticked all the right boxes and I thought a very clever revenge. The way Jane acted when she was submissive was a hoot. I thought the ending was great. A feel good book. I give this a 4.5 star.
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  • Lynda Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I DID enjoy this !! It's my Kindle First choice for July and I hadn't realised when I selected it that I'd picked another by her back in October 2016-Evelyn, After-in the same programme. I enjoyed that one, too, though it lost one star as it had a few too many mistakes for me. I hadn't realised she'd written another book in the interim, in 2017, so will be getting that soon as well.This one's presentation is much improved so gets the full compliment of 5 stars this time. Once again she writes a I DID enjoy this !! It's my Kindle First choice for July and I hadn't realised when I selected it that I'd picked another by her back in October 2016-Evelyn, After-in the same programme. I enjoyed that one, too, though it lost one star as it had a few too many mistakes for me. I hadn't realised she'd written another book in the interim, in 2017, so will be getting that soon as well.This one's presentation is much improved so gets the full compliment of 5 stars this time. Once again she writes a really intriguing story full of twists you don't see coming. I adored the character of Jane. She's a strange one but I loved her attitude and also her reasoning for doing all she did. Good for her, I say !! Steven, the object of her attentions, is truly a loathsome bloke and I was cheering her on all the way. She's properly laugh-out-loud funny, too, whether she means to be or not. I especially liked this observation..."Amazing to me that men can see where they're aiming and what they're aiming with and they still can't hit the mark" !! Hehehe......I don't need to tell you of what she writes, I'm sure.I liked the dedication as well and the cover's eye-catching. Let's hope it's not going to be changed.There were a couple of places I marked.....I was baffled altogether here when she writes "God, this color commentary" as I have no idea what this meant. She also said "The next time he kicked her out, she was so embarrassed to tell me" and I would've written too embarrassed but that was it, no more errors at all. Highly impressive.I almost shivered with delight at the last page.......the ending was delicious. I'm highly recommending this one for sure.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Lake Union and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest 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 i Thanks to Lake Union and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest 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 - rounded up for rating.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Satisfying. Completely and utterly satisfying. May all the shitty men in the world get what they deserve. Jane got her cake and ate it too. And it was glorious.
  • Tonya Plank
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book as an Advance Reader’s Copy at the RT Booklovers Convention.I packed it in my carry-on for the way home and am so glad I did; I couldn’t put it down. It’s the story of a woman named Jane who has recently lost someone very dear to her. She knows who is responsible and is hell-bent on getting revenge, however she can.Jane keeps calling herself a sociopath, and I have to say, she is the most relatable sociopath I’ve ever encountered! As the book goes on, I found myself so engrossed I got this book as an Advance Reader’s Copy at the RT Booklovers Convention.I packed it in my carry-on for the way home and am so glad I did; I couldn’t put it down. It’s the story of a woman named Jane who has recently lost someone very dear to her. She knows who is responsible and is hell-bent on getting revenge, however she can.Jane keeps calling herself a sociopath, and I have to say, she is the most relatable sociopath I’ve ever encountered! As the book goes on, I found myself so engrossed in her story, and really rooting for her. At the same time she is plotting revenge, she meets a guy, and adopts a cat. And they kind of pull her back into life and help her overcome her pain.JANE DOE is a really suspenseful page-turner with an engaging main character and strong secondary characters. Also posted at Witty Kitty Cat Cafe and Book Bar.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Doe was a refreshingly unique read. It's narrated by the main character, Jane. She is seeking revenge on Steven for taking away something dear to her. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Jane was an interesting narrator. She is an admitted sociopath, but she also admits she has no desire to become a killer...unless necessary. I found that I liked Jane more and more as she tells the reader why she is seeking revenge. While I'm not usually a huge fan of revenge stories Jane Doe was a refreshingly unique read. It's narrated by the main character, Jane. She is seeking revenge on Steven for taking away something dear to her. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Jane was an interesting narrator. She is an admitted sociopath, but she also admits she has no desire to become a killer...unless necessary. I found that I liked Jane more and more as she tells the reader why she is seeking revenge. While I'm not usually a huge fan of revenge stories, I was applauding her at the end. I could sympathize with her. Her solution was brilliant. I won't give too much more away. The ending was perfect. This is one a definitely recommend. I've read and enjoyed this authors book under her other name, Victoria Dahl. This is a whole new side of her and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.
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  • Lady Delacour
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed the humorand the mystery.Did not enjoythe embarrassing content.Listened with TTS.Not Clean.Crude and Foul Language.
  • mad4rombks
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle price $1.99 for e-book and $1.99 for audiobook as of 7/25/18.
  • Sunshine
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book. Jane was absolutely fascinating! I never thought I’d like a sociopath turns out I was wrong.I loved how she planned everything out and the way she acted to make Steven believe she was the person she was portraying. She had me hooked, and I wanted her to get her revenge too. Unfortunately, there are too many men in the world like Steven and I truly did hate the way he spoke to and treated Jane. Definitely rooted for this girl throughout. Unputdownable!! This book is a must read I LOVED this book. Jane was absolutely fascinating! I never thought I’d like a sociopath turns out I was wrong.I loved how she planned everything out and the way she acted to make Steven believe she was the person she was portraying. She had me hooked, and I wanted her to get her revenge too. Unfortunately, there are too many men in the world like Steven and I truly did hate the way he spoke to and treated Jane. Definitely rooted for this girl throughout. Unputdownable!! This book is a must read, I hope it does really well. Will be looking out for more from this author.
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  • Sarah Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it downI read this book in one day. It was so good that I just couldn’t put it down. There isn’t one dull spot in the entire book. Fantastic story line. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced sociopathic read!!
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This review is for an advanced copy of Jane Doe.Jane Doe follows sociopath Jane as she tries to ruin the life of her dead best friend's ex boyfriend. This was a quick and enjoyable read. The narrator was funny. The story was super satisfying. The reason I'm rating it only 3.5 stars is that the whole story was a bit flat. The characters were fairly two dimensional, fitting perfectly into their role. And there was really no conflict in the plot. There's never any fear that Jane won't ac 3.5 stars. This review is for an advanced copy of Jane Doe.Jane Doe follows sociopath Jane as she tries to ruin the life of her dead best friend's ex boyfriend. This was a quick and enjoyable read. The narrator was funny. The story was super satisfying. The reason I'm rating it only 3.5 stars is that the whole story was a bit flat. The characters were fairly two dimensional, fitting perfectly into their role. And there was really no conflict in the plot. There's never any fear that Jane won't accomplish her goal. It was a nice and satisfying weekend read. I finished it in just over a day because I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a low stress but fun, dark, and interesting read, check out Jane Doe.
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  • Sonica •TheReadingBeautyBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Amazon Publishing/Lake Union Authors for my gifted finished copy of this brilliantly dark psychological thriller in exchange for my honest review.  This title releases August 1.I loved this book.  A 5+ star read for me in the psychological thriller genre.  Jane you got me hooked girl!After losing her best friend, Meg, to suicide, Jane has taken a deeper dive into her long-standing darkness.  Jane had a tough upbringing and has always been lacking that warm and fuzzy ability to love and Thank you Amazon Publishing/Lake Union Authors for my gifted finished copy of this brilliantly dark psychological thriller in exchange for my honest review.  This title releases August 1.I loved this book.  A 5+ star read for me in the psychological thriller genre.  Jane you got me hooked girl!After losing her best friend, Meg, to suicide, Jane has taken a deeper dive into her long-standing darkness.  Jane had a tough upbringing and has always been lacking that warm and fuzzy ability to love and be loved, until she met Meg and their friendship let a little bit of light into her life.   But just a little.But now Meg is gone and everything goes completely dark again.Unapologetically so, Jane is a sociopath on a mission for vengeance and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.   Completely unhinged, Jane is coldblooded, cunning and manipulative in everything she does.  I was completely taken by her character right from the get-go.   Her dark and dry sense of humour had me giggling throughout the entire book.   Jane takes a short leave of absence from her high-profile job and life in Malaysia and returns to Minneapolis for her mission.  Her target for revenge is Steven Hempsworth, a male chauvinistic pig who plays the good son of a preacher so well even he himself is fooled.  But Steven is not a good guy and Jane will stop at nothing to make him pay for his sins.But why Steven?? Well…you’re going to have to pick this book up to find out!I devoured this book.  I could not get enough of Jane’s dry (and dark) sarcasm.  Her twisted way of thinking was well executed and I could not wait to see what she did next and ultimately whether her mission would be successful. I understand that this is Victoria Helen Stone’s first book in the psychological thriller game and I sure hope it isn’t her last.  She nailed it.  I cannot wait to read what she comes out with next.  She has a true talent in this genre that definitely makes her stand out from the rest.   I have read some pretty great thrillers this year but this one takes the cake.  It was unique in its single person narration as opposed to the usual alternating POVs and was more of a dialogue with the reader, which I loved.So if you’re dying to know what happens and why Jane is obsessed with making Steven Hempsworth pay, please add this one to your summer reading list ASAP.My Rating 5+
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Ashley and Amazon Publishing #Partner for gifting me this copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.Jane, is my favorite Sociopath, EVER!  I loved her from the first page, and I love that she was smart, and she knew fierce. She knew that men viewed women as the weaker species, and she played right into that part, but used it to her advantage. I love that she was such a manipulator, and no one saw it. I love how her character was Thank you Ashley and Amazon Publishing #Partner for gifting me this copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.Jane, is my favorite Sociopath, EVER!  I loved her from the first page, and I love that she was smart, and she knew fierce. She knew that men viewed women as the weaker species, and she played right into that part, but used it to her advantage. I love that she was such a manipulator, and no one saw it. I love how her character was written. She knew she was a sociopath, we knew she was a sociopath. It wasn't a guessing game. We knew what she was, and we got to sit back and enjoy it, without having to guess what her mental illness was. I also like that the author showed how the illness felt for Jane. Jane knew what was wrong with her, and she owned it! Like a boss!Steven was disgusting, and vile, and he deserved the worst. He was a total slime ball.  I love when I love/hate the characters. It makes for such a great read, and this one I read so fast. I was consumed by this book, I was consumed by Jane, and I want her to be a real person, so than I could make her MY best friend! I couldn't put it down. I was so excited when my kids decided they wanted to have a lazy day and lounge in my bed all day, gave me so much reading time, which I used to finish this book up.  Now, I need to read more of Stone's books, because if this is any indication of her writing, I am going to be a huge fan! I also want to add, that it was refreshing to read the book from one characters perspective, with not time jumps, not alternating perspectives. Just one person to follow along with, from start to finish. I loved it!
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  • Miss KE Blease
    January 1, 1970
    Hell hath no fury!A good little read about revenge in its rawest form! I’m sure everyone occasionally thinks ‘God I could just kill you right now’ but sometimes that’s too easy! Why not destroy their whole life instead?It was a page turner, will she? Won’t she? Kind of book! The characters were likeable or in Stevens case dislikable, someone who you’d gladly knee in the balls for being such a misogynistic A hole! But he gets his comeuppance!The reason I gave it three stars was because it was a l Hell hath no fury!A good little read about revenge in its rawest form! I’m sure everyone occasionally thinks ‘God I could just kill you right now’ but sometimes that’s too easy! Why not destroy their whole life instead?It was a page turner, will she? Won’t she? Kind of book! The characters were likeable or in Stevens case dislikable, someone who you’d gladly knee in the balls for being such a misogynistic A hole! But he gets his comeuppance!The reason I gave it three stars was because it was a little repetitive in places, we get that Meg was Janes life, we get that Meg is dead, we get that Janes life would be empty without her, you don’t need to keep telling us that!!Also, Jane is supposed to be a sociopath with little or no feeling, well trained as she said to read people and use their emotions to mirror her emotions etc but the ending didn’t really seem to fit with that whole profile! But a good read
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't overly impressed by the selection on Amazon's Prime 'First Read' shortlist this month and didn't have big expectations of 'Jane Doe' but it blew me away. This smart, sassy tale of a woman taking revenge on the man who drove her friend to kill herself is deeply satisfying. Jane is very independent, considers herself a sociopath but is fiercely loyal to her friend so much so that she sets out to seduce and then destroy Stephen.I loved it. I can't help but feel that we're not really suppos I wasn't overly impressed by the selection on Amazon's Prime 'First Read' shortlist this month and didn't have big expectations of 'Jane Doe' but it blew me away. This smart, sassy tale of a woman taking revenge on the man who drove her friend to kill herself is deeply satisfying. Jane is very independent, considers herself a sociopath but is fiercely loyal to her friend so much so that she sets out to seduce and then destroy Stephen.I loved it. I can't help but feel that we're not really supposed to 'like' Jane but it's hard not to. Even her cat isn't fooled by the cold, detached killer act. Watching her set up Stephen, manipulating him like a puppet master pulling all the strings, and waiting for her to set up the final blow were all absolutely captivating.A great page-turner that will have you cheering Jane on all the way.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    A refreshing read, actually. I bought it from the Kindle first selection of July, and to be honest I wasn't expecting that much; I just needed a bunch of books to fill my kindle for my holidays.I must admit I really enjoyed it and finished it in no time. It's the appropriate length, well paced, the characters are described very well, and even though it may not be the most elaborate writing, I learnt a couple of new words and saved a couple of quotes.I also find interesting in this book that even A refreshing read, actually. I bought it from the Kindle first selection of July, and to be honest I wasn't expecting that much; I just needed a bunch of books to fill my kindle for my holidays.I must admit I really enjoyed it and finished it in no time. It's the appropriate length, well paced, the characters are described very well, and even though it may not be the most elaborate writing, I learnt a couple of new words and saved a couple of quotes.I also find interesting in this book that even though you know what Jane is doing is not good, you can't help cheering her and hope her plans succeed.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this book as my July Amazon First Reads and I really glad I did. I've had a run of tedious books lately that I've struggled to finish, but this book had me hooked and staying up late in order to find out what happens next! The main character is intriguing and unpredictable and keeps you guessing about where her plan is taking you. The wonderful narrative keeps you hating Jane's enemies as much as she does as you can totally identify with her feelings (does that make me a sociopath too?). I chose this book as my July Amazon First Reads and I really glad I did. I've had a run of tedious books lately that I've struggled to finish, but this book had me hooked and staying up late in order to find out what happens next! The main character is intriguing and unpredictable and keeps you guessing about where her plan is taking you. The wonderful narrative keeps you hating Jane's enemies as much as she does as you can totally identify with her feelings (does that make me a sociopath too?). Anyway, read it. You won't be sorry!
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  • Devan
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me wanting to read it but was expecting something crazier at the end. Jane seemed overly obsessed with Meg and getting revenge - I thought Meg was going to be alive (and hiding from Jane’s obsession) or that Steven had killed her and then was actually going to kill Jane or something. The ending was a little predictable (at least the sleeping with his father part) so I was hoping that the path my mind went down was going to be ripped out from under me with a crazy twist.That being said, I wa Kept me wanting to read it but was expecting something crazier at the end. Jane seemed overly obsessed with Meg and getting revenge - I thought Meg was going to be alive (and hiding from Jane’s obsession) or that Steven had killed her and then was actually going to kill Jane or something. The ending was a little predictable (at least the sleeping with his father part) so I was hoping that the path my mind went down was going to be ripped out from under me with a crazy twist.That being said, I wanted to keep reading this and read it quite quickly, so it was an entertaining holiday read.
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  • Di Worley
    January 1, 1970
    RevengeA sociopath makes plans revenge for the death of her only true friend Meg. Her target is the man who drive her friend over the edge. Jane gets an unexpected bonus in being able to extend her revenge, but the unexpected bonus of as close to a normal life than she expected. Luke, a short lived boyfriend from her college days makes her realise that she can have the best relationship she can, to have a family, but with that same cold and logical way to protect Luke from any further hurt. A gr RevengeA sociopath makes plans revenge for the death of her only true friend Meg. Her target is the man who drive her friend over the edge. Jane gets an unexpected bonus in being able to extend her revenge, but the unexpected bonus of as close to a normal life than she expected. Luke, a short lived boyfriend from her college days makes her realise that she can have the best relationship she can, to have a family, but with that same cold and logical way to protect Luke from any further hurt. A great read.
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  • Roxanne Ong
    January 1, 1970
    A different kind of thriller mixed in with a twisted romance! One point that stood out for me was that this story cantered around a strong albeit different kind of female lead - focused on avenging her friend. I liked how this story unravelled and was all for Jane in this novel, written in a way that you understood how she came to this outcome and her life as it was. I felt however the big “gotcha” point could have been more explored it all felt a little short and too clean considering it centre A different kind of thriller mixed in with a twisted romance! One point that stood out for me was that this story cantered around a strong albeit different kind of female lead - focused on avenging her friend. I liked how this story unravelled and was all for Jane in this novel, written in a way that you understood how she came to this outcome and her life as it was. I felt however the big “gotcha” point could have been more explored it all felt a little short and too clean considering it centred on getting to this point.
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  • Lorraine Fleming
    January 1, 1970
    Twisted but amazingJane has a unique view on life and revenge. She is a sociopath hell bend on revenge after her best friend committed suicide. Not all sociopaths are murderers but Jane feels the need to punish the man who she believes drove Meg to her death.Great story. I absolutely love Jane, not often that you cheer on the sociopath
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  • Jeanette Duffey
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant readAt first I was a little dubious about the main character, but I preserved.So glad I did, once I was inside her 'skin' , her actions and motivation felt right. Loved it
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