Jane Anonymous
Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

Jane Anonymous Details

TitleJane Anonymous
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherWednesday Books
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Jane Anonymous Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Five I found a new author who is gifted, brilliant and develops amazing characters, I couldn’t put down this book, disconnected with outside world, stayed focused, jumped up and down at some parts and created a new term as “three dimensional reading”, because every suffering, every traumatic experience, every scared moments, every fight of Jane truly resonated with me stars!!! The one thing I really like about the books make your emotions all over the place as they shake you to the core and Five I found a new author who is gifted, brilliant and develops amazing characters, I couldn’t put down this book, disconnected with outside world, stayed focused, jumped up and down at some parts and created a new term as “three dimensional reading”, because every suffering, every traumatic experience, every scared moments, every fight of Jane truly resonated with me stars!!! The one thing I really like about the books make your emotions all over the place as they shake you to the core and help you connect with other lives. For so long a book didn’t function as a sledgehammer to smash my heart into million tiny pieces as like this book did to me. Jane’s emotional, heart wrenching, terrifying survival journey was remarkably told. Even a heartless person could be affected from what she’s been through. She’s been kidnapped, put in car trunk at the beginning of the story and by moving back and forth between her captivated time and PTSD time (present time), we learn more about her traumatic experience. Some parts of her story, kept in warehouse with several (we still have no idea how many captives were there) people and her connection with the other captive Mason by only hearing his voice and holding his hand reminds us of OA series. But don’t worry, I’m not gonna give spoiler but in this story, an evil professor didn’t kidnap few extraordinary talents to make trials on their bodies. This is only Jane’s story who gathers all strength to escape from the place and throughout her captivation time, she develops a special relationship with Mason. Her inner voices belong to her mother, her best friend force her keep going. She finally succeeds to escape from her cage but we see her new life she sentences herself to live in her own mental cage by keeping away from her loved ones and turns her own bedroom into her cell. This book is about testing yourself and your survival skills. It’s also about when you lost a great part of your innocence and mental health how you can collect your pieces to create new and tough version of yourself. It’s brave, it’s mind-bending! It’s not sunshine and flowers reading! Wear your big girl shoes before accept to enter Jane’s world. And THERE IS A BIG FREAKING TWIST brings the most poetic ending to this book! You didn’t see it coming. (Okay actually I did it! I hate myself to doubt everything which helps me to solve all the twists and lost the fun of it. But it is still a great and life-changing, sucker-punch kind of surprise!) I loved to see the inner fight of her Jane, her mood swings, ups and downs, antisocial behaviors but finally gathering herself to take big steps to save herself from her inner cage. Because the fight she gave against herself at the present time was even more damaging and challenging than escaping from her captor. Highly recommend this inspirational, realistic, mind-bending, capturing, amazing book to all the people who have enough power to fight against her inner cages prevented them to move on with their lives and who love tormented but not broken soul stories.I’m so thankful to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing this remarkable, fantastic book in exchange my honest review.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsJane Anonymous is a compulsively readable YA psychological thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is trying to cope after escaping 7 months of captivity. The narrative is told from Jane’s point of view, and shifts between “Now” and “Then.” In “Now” she writes about the aftermath of her kidnapping. While she has returned home, she is no longer the carefree girl who worried about trivial things. Everyone, from her mother to her friends, wants her to go back to being the Jane they loved. 3.5 starsJane Anonymous is a compulsively readable YA psychological thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is trying to cope after escaping 7 months of captivity. The narrative is told from Jane’s point of view, and shifts between “Now” and “Then.” In “Now” she writes about the aftermath of her kidnapping. While she has returned home, she is no longer the carefree girl who worried about trivial things. Everyone, from her mother to her friends, wants her to go back to being the Jane they loved. Jane struggles, as she doesn’t know who is anymore. She beings writing about what she experienced to help her heal and details her time being held by her kidnapper in “Then.”From the very beginning, I couldn’t put this book down. It is very easy to read--I read it over the course of a day. I figured out early on who took Jane, but not the full why. This is more of a character study than a thriller. Some elements didn’t fully work for me, but I acknowledge that I am not the intended audience. At a certain point, the narrative loses tension and becomes a bit repetitive. While I didn’t love all parts, I found Jane’s voice captivating. I also appreciated the author’s message about trauma and healing. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a weird one for me to review. It was extremely entertaining and gripping, and I definitely feel like it accomplished what it set out to accomplish, but there were times when this felt a little... exploitative to me? I am definitely the odd man out on this one as all of the other reviews of this are glowing, so maybe I went into it with the wrong mindset, but there were definitely times where I felt like handling the topic sensitively took a backseat in favor of entertainment value. And This is a weird one for me to review. It was extremely entertaining and gripping, and I definitely feel like it accomplished what it set out to accomplish, but there were times when this felt a little... exploitative to me? I am definitely the odd man out on this one as all of the other reviews of this are glowing, so maybe I went into it with the wrong mindset, but there were definitely times where I felt like handling the topic sensitively took a backseat in favor of entertainment value. And it just felt.. odd. I did still enjoy reading this one and I would say to pick it up if it interests you, but definitely tread with caution if you're sensitive to any of the topics covered in this book.TW: abduction, being held captive, death of an animal (in the past), emotional manipulationThank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an advance copy in exchange for this review! I discussed this book in more detail in this video on my BookTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwKy4...
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    After sitting on this review for almost a week, I'm going to keep it brief. I'd like to state that I'm not a teenager, and therefore not the target audience, so some of the issues I had with this book might not be the case for the YA crowd. The writing is easy to get caught up in, and the format and storytelling style make it difficult to put this book down once you've begun. The author has a way with keeping the reader glued, and that's no small feat. My problems likely stem from having read After sitting on this review for almost a week, I'm going to keep it brief. I'd like to state that I'm not a teenager, and therefore not the target audience, so some of the issues I had with this book might not be the case for the YA crowd. The writing is easy to get caught up in, and the format and storytelling style make it difficult to put this book down once you've begun. The author has a way with keeping the reader glued, and that's no small feat. My problems likely stem from having read too many psychological thrillers, and I found the twist obvious in the first quarter of the book. There's a really small cast of characters, and it's a twist that I've read several times before, but if you haven't experienced it, then it might really grab you. I do wish Jane Anonymous had focused slightly more on the trauma and mental health issues depicted in this novel, rather than the "mystery" behind who took Jane, but again its personal preference. If you're looking for a fast paced read where the pages fly by, definitely give this one a try. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Anonymous is your run of the mill, 17-year old girl, living in a suburban town, New England state. That is until she gets abducted while out running an early morning errand. She remains in captivity for 7-months. Locked in a room. Alone.This is her story, following 'then' and 'now' timelines until 'then' and 'now' finally merge. The narrative itself is more 'stream of consciousness' then I tend to enjoy but I'll tell you what, in this case, it didn't bother me at all.I actually feel that it Jane Anonymous is your run of the mill, 17-year old girl, living in a suburban town, New England state. That is until she gets abducted while out running an early morning errand. She remains in captivity for 7-months. Locked in a room. Alone.This is her story, following 'then' and 'now' timelines until 'then' and 'now' finally merge. The narrative itself is more 'stream of consciousness' then I tend to enjoy but I'll tell you what, in this case, it didn't bother me at all.I actually feel that it was a really smart choice by the author, as it made the conveyance of this wild tale seem more real. Like a friend was recounting a horrific thing that had happened to them.When I say 'horrific thing', I mean it. This book is not for the sensitive. The violence perpetrated against Jane, being stripped of her freedom and her sense of safety, amongst other traumas, was hard to read. Her efforts toward recovery were equally heavy and disturbing. In some ways, I think that was even more difficult to read, her struggles to try to adapt back to the life she had before.Severe trauma, feeling broken and the pathways to recovery are all covered within these pages. I think if this book is read at the right time, by the right person, it could really mean a lot to them and become a favorite.Hard-hitting the entire way through, if you can stomach it, I think the message of hope that ultimately shines through is worth the effort. It was that way for me, at least. Although my heart was a little battered and bruised at the end, it was worth it.Thank you so much to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate it!
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't been so emotionally connected to a character in a really long time. It's like I felt everything she felt. The publisher synopsis describes this book as gripping and I agree completely as I started reading the book in the afternoon and was done before I went to bed. I'm going to keep the synopsis of the book short and simple. Jane Anonymous is a teenager when she is kidnapped. Seven months later she is back living at her house with her parents. So what happened while she was held I haven't been so emotionally connected to a character in a really long time. It's like I felt everything she felt. The publisher synopsis describes this book as gripping and I agree completely as I started reading the book in the afternoon and was done before I went to bed. I'm going to keep the synopsis of the book short and simple. Jane Anonymous is a teenager when she is kidnapped. Seven months later she is back living at her house with her parents. So what happened while she was held captive? Well, the story is going to alternate between Jane during the time period she went missing and Jane in the present time in which she is trying to process everything that happened.I think the author was smart in letting the reader know right from the beginning that Jane somehow makes it back home. I don't think I emotionally could have handled this story if it was told in chronological order as it would have been too tense for me. As is, even knowing she somehow survives, the parts when she is held captive are still nerve wracking. And even though Jane's life has obviously been impacted and you are witnessing her dealing with the aftermath, it almost feels like you get a bit of relief when the writing alternates to the present time. How the author wrote this story was well-thought out and effective.I'm not kidding when I say, I honestly felt in tune with Jane and just felt everything she was feeling. And that's what makes this story such an incredible read. It's pretty amazing how you can feel so connected to a character despite the fact you haven't had a similar life experience.I'm trying not to overly hype this book because maybe this won't be such a moving reading experience for all readers. I loved it though and am placing it among my favorite YA fiction reads. I think if you enjoy that genre, give this one a try as at the very least it is a quick read. I think it is also important to note that when compared to other books I have read recently dealing with crimes against a woman, this story probably goes into the least amount of graphic detail. I'm not saying this book is for everyone, but maybe a wider audience would be able to handle reading this novel. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    Pages: 320Publication: January 7th 2020Fantastic! I loved it!Jane Anonymous is abducted after stopping at the boutique where she works to pick up her best friends birthday gift that she had forgotten to bring home. The store is closed but the guy looks nice, he is handsome and seems genuine about it being his 1 year anniversary with his girlfriend, so she lets him in. He gets her with chloroform after she turns around to wrap up his gift.The story is told from the ten months after the day she Pages: 320Publication: January 7th 2020Fantastic! I loved it!Jane Anonymous is abducted after stopping at the boutique where she works to pick up her best friends birthday gift that she had forgotten to bring home. The store is closed but the guy looks nice, he is handsome and seems genuine about it being his 1 year anniversary with his girlfriend, so she lets him in. He gets her with chloroform after she turns around to wrap up his gift.The story is told from the ten months after the day she was abducted when she is back at home. She was held for over seven months and she is trying to come to terms with what happened. She came back in pieces as she describes it (PTSD in psychological terms), but she refuses to talk to the psychologists she tried because of different issues, one used candles that smelled like the ones her captor “the monster” used, another treated her like she was crazy.So Jane decides to write about her experience as a form of therapy, both her time in captivity and since she got home. So the book goes back and forth, then (from her kidnapping forward) to now (present). As Jane tries to understand everything that happened to her and work through her trauma, we as readers are finding out what happened in the order it happened and also finding out how it is affecting her now that she is at home.As you would expect, Jane is having trouble adjusting at home. She went through various types of physical and mental torture while in captivity, though I won’t give any spoilers as to what those were but to say it wasn’t a standard kidnapping. The book had my emotions going all over the place, I was feeling for Jane so much. I felt so bad for her when she was free but trying to recreate her own room to be more like the room in captivity. She knew it is better being free, but almost feels safer in that room where nobody can get her or talk to her. I cried throughout half of the book because it was heart wrenching. I run. Because I can’t sleep. Because Memory can’t catch me if I keep a fast pace. Because my parents’ door is closed, but Night can’t shut me out. Because I’m not supposed to be out at this hour, especially after everything, especially all alone—and so it feels a little like power. As Jane gets further in her story and continues to struggle with being at home, her Mother tries to get her back to normal by forcing her to go out or to see her friends. Her Mom can’t heal until Jane heals, which puts more pressure on Jane. Jane struggles with her feelings for Mason who was one of the other people held captive and was able to cut a small hole in the wall so they could hold hands. Her struggles with the reasons for why “the monster” took her were hardest of all. “What do you feel most nervous about?” “Facing the truth, I guess.” “The truth about . . .” “What happened when I was taken.” I study her face, trying to figure out if she knows my story, if she saw it on the news or read it in the papers. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Amazon|Twitter|BookBub
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  • Tijana
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided via Netgalley. I am very thankful, even though I won't be able to walk anywhere alone, after reading it.This...this was a rough one.Even though I read and loved some of the author's previous work, I was definitely not ready for Jane Anonymous.So raw and painful, it made me feel as if a brick was lying on my chest while reading.At certain parts I even regretted ever starting it. I was googling if it's possible to get a chip installed in people (me), so they (I) can be tracked if ever ARC provided via Netgalley. I am very thankful, even though I won't be able to walk anywhere alone, after reading it.This...this was a rough one.Even though I read and loved some of the author's previous work, I was definitely not ready for Jane Anonymous.So raw and painful, it made me feel as if a brick was lying on my chest while reading.At certain parts I even regretted ever starting it. I was googling if it's possible to get a chip installed in people (me), so they (I) can be tracked if ever gotten kidnapped, after only reading the first few chapters.This story seriously got me frightened!And, yes, I figured out the who the kidnapper was and his motive about halfway through, but I wouldn't say it's easy to see it coming. It was just my gut feeling, that I couldn't shake off and ended up being right. You might be completely and utterly surprised.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very suspenseful novel about a seventeen year old called Jane who is abducted and held captive until she manages to escape some months later. Once home again, Jane struggles to reconnect with her close friends and family and decides to write about her experience as therapy. Told in two time lines she writes about her time in captivity and in the aftermath when she is finding it hard to overcome her trauma and make sense of all that happened to her. This was a quick read as chapters This is a very suspenseful novel about a seventeen year old called Jane who is abducted and held captive until she manages to escape some months later. Once home again, Jane struggles to reconnect with her close friends and family and decides to write about her experience as therapy. Told in two time lines she writes about her time in captivity and in the aftermath when she is finding it hard to overcome her trauma and make sense of all that happened to her. This was a quick read as chapters would often switch between time lines leaving a cliff hanger that I wanted to get back to asap. Laurie Stolarz does a great job at depicting the fear and anxiety that Jane experienced both during and after her captivity when she is suffering from PTSD. In both situations she discovers that she is a survivor and tougher than she thought. Although I guessed the identity of the kidnapper fairly early on this did not diminish the suspense of wondering what would happen to Jane and did add a creepy element to the novel. With thanks to Netgalley and St Martin's for a digital ARC to read.
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  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Anonymous is a very brave, strong girl who must somehow learn to trust again. Her old carefree life is gone. She laments that her recent abduction caused so many people, including her parents, grief and turmoil, but she is barely managing to hold on to her own sanity as she battles her fears and trust issues every second of the day.This is an outstanding novel about abduction, Stockholm syndrome, overcoming self-blame in abuse situations, and finding the right fit when it comes to choosing Jane Anonymous is a very brave, strong girl who must somehow learn to trust again. Her old carefree life is gone. She laments that her recent abduction caused so many people, including her parents, grief and turmoil, but she is barely managing to hold on to her own sanity as she battles her fears and trust issues every second of the day.This is an outstanding novel about abduction, Stockholm syndrome, overcoming self-blame in abuse situations, and finding the right fit when it comes to choosing counseling. Jane's road back to recovery was hampered by several bad encounters with medical staff and police detectives, who could not understand or would not listen to the signs she was giving. You sense a lack of sensitivity on the professionals' parts - probably due to a lack of proper training or a lack of empathy.It is difficult to review this novel without spoilers, so read no further if you want to retain the element of surprise when you read this superb story. I found it interesting that the author showed a smidgen of compassion for the "Monster" abductor. Our society contributes to the creation of such "monsters" when we turn a blind eye and allow children to be abused and neglected. Violence is always harmful to any human psyche and can become learned behaviour. My heart broke for young Mason, who was locked in a dark basement as a child and (was potentially?) beaten with a baseball bat by his abusive, alcoholic father. That "baseball bat attack" conversation rang so true that I wondered whether it had actually happened - but at an earlier time in Mason's life. Jane's "Monster" abductor, like so many others out there, believed that he was in love with her, but he lacked the social skills or mental stability to approach Jane in the usual, accepted manner. I appreciated this humane approach: too many authors adopt a lynch-mob mentality which lowers the tone of a story. Some of us humans are way more messed up than others.Jane's relationship during her captivity with Mason, in their joint battle against the Monster, was sweetly heartbreaking. I could truly understood why she grieved for him when she finally escaped. Apart from the Stockholm syndrome aspect, Mason was probably experiencing the happiest moments of his own life during those stolen hours in captivity. I kept thinking that we failed poor Mason and those like him by not being more vigilant on his behalf during his own period of childhood neglect and abuse. I don't think that the "twist", such as it was, is hard to guess, but it was still a very painful reveal, in so many ways.I highly recommend this beautifully written, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful novel. I read it in one day: you simply can't put this book down! My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Slightly dark, definitely heartbreaking, Jane Anonymous is everything you would expect from this author and the subject matter. This is a story that will resonate with you, shake you up and dump out all the pieces again as you struggle and grieve right along with Jane, with her parents, and with her friends as the story slowly unfolds from “then” and “now”.All the feels! Stolarz takes you on a wild roller coaster of a ride through the ups and downs, the heartache, the triumphs, and the dark dark Slightly dark, definitely heartbreaking, Jane Anonymous is everything you would expect from this author and the subject matter. This is a story that will resonate with you, shake you up and dump out all the pieces again as you struggle and grieve right along with Jane, with her parents, and with her friends as the story slowly unfolds from “then” and “now”.All the feels! Stolarz takes you on a wild roller coaster of a ride through the ups and downs, the heartache, the triumphs, and the dark dark lows. Emotional, endearing, triumphant, heart wrenching, eye opening, and most of all, a deep connection to this so very broken character that you will be thinking about her long after her story has ended. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because I devoured this book in one day. Once I picked it up, I didn't put it back down until I finished it.Great book!!
  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz is probably best described as a thrilling young adult contemporary. The book tells the story of Jane Anonymous who had been kidnapped and held prisoner for seven months by alternating between Jane in the present time after her escape and going back to the past while she was captive.In the present Jane has gone through many types of therapy and people helping her deal with what happened but now feels the best way to deal with it would be to write her own Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz is probably best described as a thrilling young adult contemporary. The book tells the story of Jane Anonymous who had been kidnapped and held prisoner for seven months by alternating between Jane in the present time after her escape and going back to the past while she was captive.In the present Jane has gone through many types of therapy and people helping her deal with what happened but now feels the best way to deal with it would be to write her own story. When flashing back Jane tells of how she left to pick up a present for a friend and came across a man who overtook her and locked her in his trunk before locking her up.This story was extremely captivating and suspenseful despite knowing from the beginning that Jane had survived the kidnapping. Going back and forth between the then and now you could just feel the emotions coming off of Jane as you read her story. I will say though I thought the twist to the tale was a little easy to see ahead of time leading to dropping my rating to 4 1/2 stars but otherwise a great read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I know that my reviews today are beginning to be repetitive, but I literally couldn't put this one down. Laurie Faria Stolarz's Jane is a memorable protagonist as she recounts the seven months she was held captive and the aftermath in which she tries to rebuild her life by writing her story. The chapters alternate between "THEN" and "NOW" and highlight Jane's struggle to accept the traumatic event that she survived. I have no idea why I like "kidnapping" stories so much, but something about Jane I know that my reviews today are beginning to be repetitive, but I literally couldn't put this one down. Laurie Faria Stolarz's Jane is a memorable protagonist as she recounts the seven months she was held captive and the aftermath in which she tries to rebuild her life by writing her story. The chapters alternate between "THEN" and "NOW" and highlight Jane's struggle to accept the traumatic event that she survived. I have no idea why I like "kidnapping" stories so much, but something about Jane kept me from looking away. All I know is that I cannot stop thinking about this book. Thanks to Beatrice Jason of St. Martin's Press who invited me to check out an egalley of this upcoming title on Netgalley. Goodreads review published 07/01/20Publication Date 07/01/20
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    Although I enjoyed Stolarz's writing, I found myself annoyed a lot while reading this. The story alternates between now and then, which I found effective in holding my attention. Jane is a teenage girl who was taken and held captive for seven months. She chooses to write about her experience as a form of therapy. The plot was predictable but the story flowed. What got me irritated was how Jane's mom and best friend, Shelley, treated her and expected her to act. It seemed selfish and I didn't Although I enjoyed Stolarz's writing, I found myself annoyed a lot while reading this. The story alternates between now and then, which I found effective in holding my attention. Jane is a teenage girl who was taken and held captive for seven months. She chooses to write about her experience as a form of therapy. The plot was predictable but the story flowed. What got me irritated was how Jane's mom and best friend, Shelley, treated her and expected her to act. It seemed selfish and I didn't like any of the parts with them in it.While I wished there was more suspense and thrills, I did enjoy the writing and would read a book by Stolarz again.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    This was like a Criminal Minds episode... in the fact that it prioritised suspense over its thoughtful exploration of trauma. Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[ableism, sexual assault, rape mentioned & implied, trauma & ptsd (central theme), panic & anxiety attacks, Stockholm Syndrome, suicide, self harm (op) drugging w/o consent, graphic blood depiction, physical injury, illness, emesis, death of a grandmother mentioned and kidnapping & captivity (central theme) (hide spoiler) This was like a Criminal Minds episode... in the fact that it prioritised suspense over its thoughtful exploration of trauma.➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[ableism, sexual assault, rape mentioned & implied, trauma & ptsd (central theme), panic & anxiety attacks, Stockholm Syndrome, suicide, self harm (op) drugging w/o consent, graphic blood depiction, physical injury, illness, emesis, death of a grandmother mentioned and kidnapping & captivity (central theme) (hide spoiler)].▷ Representation: Jane (mc) has ptsd◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Psychological intrigue in a darkly twisted tale of abduction and its aftermath at its disturbing best. Laurie Faria Stolarz’s JANE ANONYMOUS is spellbinding in its raw presentation as we witness one teen’s painful journey to healing the scars of a seven month long abduction. Will Jane ever find her place in the world again? Will she ever be able to enter a room without the hushed stares or whispered comments? Will she ever feel comfortable in her own skin or in her own judgment? Is it possible Psychological intrigue in a darkly twisted tale of abduction and its aftermath at its disturbing best. Laurie Faria Stolarz’s JANE ANONYMOUS is spellbinding in its raw presentation as we witness one teen’s painful journey to healing the scars of a seven month long abduction. Will Jane ever find her place in the world again? Will she ever be able to enter a room without the hushed stares or whispered comments? Will she ever feel comfortable in her own skin or in her own judgment? Is it possible that all she believed, all she thought she knew of her abduction was a cruel ruse to torment her already ravaged mind? Will she ever see herself as whole again, damaged yet intact? Will her family, her friends and even strangers on the street?I feel a little strange saying I loved this dark and twisted tale, but I did, I do. Laurie Faria Stolarz has held nothing back and if one person may just pick up on some subtle cues here, then, hopefully, the world could become a safer place with less morbid interest in knowing all the private hell a human may be faced to endure.Hard-hitting, bold writing, a story that cannot be unread or forgotten. Highly recommended.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Wednesday Books. This is my honest and voluntary review.Publisher: Wednesday Books (January 7, 2020)Publication Date: January 7, 2020Genre: Young Adult emotional/mental abusePrint Length: 320 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    To say I was totally unprepared for the impact this compelling book had on me is an understatement. From Jane's first written words in her journal to her message to readers on the last page, I found it hard to breathe. Jane Anonymous is the gripping, heart-wrenching story of a seventeen year old girl's kidnapping, her struggles to escape captivity with body and mind intact, and her inability to merge back into her old life with family and friends once she came home. Jane was held in captivity To say I was totally unprepared for the impact this compelling book had on me is an understatement. From Jane's first written words in her journal to her message to readers on the last page, I found it hard to breathe. Jane Anonymous is the gripping, heart-wrenching story of a seventeen year old girl's kidnapping, her struggles to escape captivity with body and mind intact, and her inability to merge back into her old life with family and friends once she came home. Jane was held in captivity for seven grueling months during which time she discovered she could communicate through the wall with a fellow victim in the next room. This communication became her lifeline to reality - another driving force to keep trying to escape. Please avoid reviews that contain spoilers. Readers need to feel Jane's utter despair and devastation as well as her strong will to survive first-hand to understand what happens in the end.This story unfolds through two timelines - now & then, and is told exclusively from Jane's point of view. In the now, prayers have been answered and Jane is back home with her family, but she's now a prisoner of her own mind and the four walls of her room as she struggles to deal with memories, nightmares, and the trauma of captivity as well as guilt over the one she left behind. She can't return to normal because she doesn't recognize herself in her old life - she's no longer the girl she was before. In the then, readers are in Jane's head within the four walls of a small, locked room watching as she struggles to keep her sanity. We know from the beginning that Jane does eventually escape, but at what cost? Her life is forever shattered into pieces around her. She can't begin to find her way back until she deals with the aftermath and acknowledges the lost pieces of the puzzle taunting her to remember.Jane Anonymous is an intense, fast-paced story that speaks of control, guilt, anger, mental health, survival, and the emotional struggle of victims to become whole again. To acknowledge, accept, and thus gain control of one's life again. Through short chapters, the author accelerates the pace forward at an intense, rapid rate making for a compulsive, angst-filled read. With few characters, the attention focuses almost solely on Jane, essentially becoming an exclusive character study of her before and after. The swing back and forth between past and present serves to keep readers slightly off-balance in an urgent must-read-now kind of way. While I'm not in the intended age target range for this book, I had no problem becoming totally consumed by it as I simply could not put it down. While I can't say I didn't see the surprise ending coming, it in no way lessened my enjoyment of this unique, brilliantly written young adult thriller. Jane Anonymous is the gripping story of a young girl's emotional journey back from being broken to becoming whole again. A fantastic story that I highly recommend no matter your age!*With special thanks to Wednesday Books for an arc of this book via Netgalley.**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Tami
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book that gets me hooked right away! This was such a gripping and intense story that puts a lot of emphasis on how a traumatic event can affect the mind.Jane is seventeen and will soon be starting her Senior year of high school. She has a great best friend, a potential new boyfriend and loving parents. Life as she knows it becomes shattered when she is kidnapped and held in a small room for months.The story moves back and forth to before she was kidnapped to the present and highlights I love a book that gets me hooked right away! This was such a gripping and intense story that puts a lot of emphasis on how a traumatic event can affect the mind.Jane is seventeen and will soon be starting her Senior year of high school. She has a great best friend, a potential new boyfriend and loving parents. Life as she knows it becomes shattered when she is kidnapped and held in a small room for months.The story moves back and forth to before she was kidnapped to the present and highlights her struggle to settle back into a normal life. We have all had those moments when a song or a certain smell will trigger a memory for us, but for Jane these moments are a potential hazard. Her sense of safety is not only shattered from the kidnapping, but also from the later knowledge of how much planning went into it and how she had put trust in someone she shouldn’t have. Even though this story covers a situation that is a nightmare, readers go into it knowing Jane is back home safe and that every day is a step towards her recovery. Because of that, the difficult parts are so much easier to read. Sensitive readers should be aware that there are some references to self harm.Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
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  • MissBecka
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic!This was entertaining from the get-go and just kept going.I was able to figure out the "twist" early on, but somehow that only hooked me more?I needed to know the whys and the hows of what led up to it.Highly recommend this to freaking everyone!Much love to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my DRC.
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    “Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”Have you ever had a moment when picking up a book and just knowing from opening it, that it’s going to be one of those books? Kind of like an instant connection that feels as if it’s coming straight from your soul? I read a lot of books. So many that make me feel sooo many different things and each of them teaching me something different about life or myself. Jane Anonymous is what I like to call a once in a lifetime book—for the sheer ability to attach “Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”Have you ever had a moment when picking up a book and just knowing from opening it, that it’s going to be one of those books? Kind of like an instant connection that feels as if it’s coming straight from your soul? I read a lot of books. So many that make me feel sooo many different things and each of them teaching me something different about life or myself. Jane Anonymous is what I like to call a once in a lifetime book—for the sheer ability to attach itself to my heart and never letting go. Sounds a bit dramatic, yes? I can count on one hand how many books have attached themselves to me and now I get to add a new book to that list. From the very first moment of starting the story, I fell in love with the words and with Jane’s voice. A voice she believes was lost when she was taken. So she writes—and it helps her find that part of herself that was lost. We follow Jane in Now and Then intervals—basically the present (and after the abduction) and the during (the time she spent in captivity). We, as readers, see how and when her light starts to fade. It’s in captivity that she meets fellow captive, Mason. It’s through him that she has something to live for; to survive. “Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”This is a story about trauma, loss, and healing. You might have noticed that I put down the same quote twice in my review. That quote caused my allergies to flare up. How else could I explain the way I had tears dripping down my face? Overall, I thought this was beautifully done. I would like to state that while I did love this and everything it represents, it was predictable. I don’t know if the author intended it to be that way but ever since I read the blurb, and then started the beginning, I kind of just knew. It didn’t change a thing for me though. *Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars This book totally sucked me in and I loved it! It was such a cool premise, a girl who was kidnapped and managed to escape, telling her story. The Then and Now back and forth really broke the story up and made it engaging. Seeing what Jane went through and how hard it would be to adjust was great. I also thought the way her parents, especially her mom, reacted seemed realistic. They tried to understand, but no one really can. Jane's mom just wanted her to get back to her life, but to do 4.5 stars This book totally sucked me in and I loved it! It was such a cool premise, a girl who was kidnapped and managed to escape, telling her story. The Then and Now back and forth really broke the story up and made it engaging. Seeing what Jane went through and how hard it would be to adjust was great. I also thought the way her parents, especially her mom, reacted seemed realistic. They tried to understand, but no one really can. Jane's mom just wanted her to get back to her life, but to do that when you're a completely different person and have been through trauma is hard, if not impossible. Jane had to come to terms with things and decide how her life is going to play out. Great story, highly recommend!
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  • lua
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely a polarizing book with a character coming to terms with her trauma. Some readers may encounter frustration from the fact Jane Anonymous can't recover as fast as you'd like her. Although it's nobody's fault except the kidnapper, we have to recognize that extreme conditions lead to extreme coping mechanisms.How does one return to normal after months of psychological torture? I don't think that there is a way to completely erase what fundamentally changes you. It's now a part This is definitely a polarizing book with a character coming to terms with her trauma. Some readers may encounter frustration from the fact Jane Anonymous can't recover as fast as you'd like her. Although it's nobody's fault except the kidnapper, we have to recognize that extreme conditions lead to extreme coping mechanisms.How does one return to normal after months of psychological torture? I don't think that there is a way to completely erase what fundamentally changes you. It's now a part of how you interact with the world and it shapes the way you see reality. There's no blame. There is only the hope that you can find happiness through painful memories.Jane is kidnapped and held captive in a windowless room four months. Her only moment of respite is talking to a fellow captive. They bond through shared circumstances (of course) and she soon grows to trust him. Yet things don't quite add up and it's a hard truth Jane refuses to swallow. While we know what has happened as readers, Jane still has a long journey to come to terms with her deception.What particularly annoyed me was the introduction of Jack who offers an alternative love interest for Jane. It just seems shoehorned. In addition, it's kind of creepy for him to show up at her house and for her mother to let him inside without her permission. Her mother obviously wants her to get over it so badly that she violates her daughter's privacy and agency. It just seem counterintuitive to the themes presented. Here we have another guy clearly pushing his wants and needs onto Jane.The writing seamlessly strung together to timelines into a cohesive narrative. I felt there were great cliffhangers jumping from one timeline to another. There were key elements to bridge call the scenes together so it doesn't feel as disjointed. The way the secret reveals has an impact no matter the predictability.I recommend this for fans of thrillers and a somewhat honest picture of recovering from trauma.Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press & Wednesday Books for an advance reader's copy in exchange for a fair review!
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Happy Pub Day, Jane!Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.3.5 out of 5 Stars "Nothing made sense, except the obvious: He'd been watching me long before I was taken." This page-turning contemporary kept me up well past my bedtime; and not only because I craved resolution, but also because of Stolarz's ability to write an addictive narrative.Toggling between "then" and "now," Jane Anonymous shares an anonymous "Jane's" tale of Happy Pub Day, Jane!Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.3.5 out of 5 Stars "Nothing made sense, except the obvious: He'd been watching me long before I was taken." This page-turning contemporary kept me up well past my bedtime; and not only because I craved resolution, but also because of Stolarz's ability to write an addictive narrative.Toggling between "then" and "now," Jane Anonymous shares an anonymous "Jane's" tale of abduction and what happens upon her return home seven months later. Opening with an explanatory prologue from "Jane's" memoir, this thriller instantly hooks readers into the action and, if you're like me, you won't be able to escape its pull until the very end. And while I personally enjoyed the "then" portions of this novel more (no clue what that says about me), I did think the "now" portions provided an interesting perspective into the victim mindset. It was difficult to read scene after scene of friends and family (especially "Jane's" mom) trying desperately to return "Jane" to her "normal" state. I honestly feel like it opened my eyes to how much weight we can add to other's issues by trying to make things "right" and "okay" for us. "We've all carried our regret around like anchors, struggling not to drown...Just how many more casualties lay in the way of my mistakes?" Although this novel had me hooked from the prologue, it wasn't without it flaws. First and foremost: the treatment of therapy and therapists. Now I know therapists aren't for everyone, but I feel like this book took negative digs at therapists every chance it got. Part of me realizes it was because "Jane" wasn't ready to be "heard" and "face the truth" that therapy would lead to, but I just feel like there was a better way to approach that revelation. Ultimately Jane finds a therapy -- and therapist -- that works for her, but I wish we could have reached that point without so much therapy bashing along the way.The only other major issue I had was the "twist," which I feel was obvious from the very beginning. If, however, thrillers aren't your normal genre of choice you might not see it coming, and if so, you'll be in for a fierce roller coaster of emotions! At the end of the day, despite the twist's transparency (to me), I was still compelled to finish this novel in practically one sitting.If this sounds like it might be up your alley, let me know below! I'd love to discuss my spoilery thoughts once you've read this too! All quotes were taken from an advanced copy of this novel and may not match the final release.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    From the beginning I found this book moving and compelling. I found myself lost in the plot and couldn't put it down till I finished it. With a myriad of interesting characters for the reader to identify with and a truly engaging plot and I needed to find out what had happened to the unfortunate main character in the story, Jane. I especially loved the epilogue as the ending left me wanting more, it was very well written. I like the way the author attends to all the details and really tells all From the beginning I found this book moving and compelling. I found myself lost in the plot and couldn't put it down till I finished it. With a myriad of interesting characters for the reader to identify with and a truly engaging plot and I needed to find out what had happened to the unfortunate main character in the story, Jane. I especially loved the epilogue as the ending left me wanting more, it was very well written. I like the way the author attends to all the details and really tells all of the story. Would definitely recommend, a great read.Thank you NetGalley, Laurie Faria Stolarz, St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#JaneAnonymous #NetGalley
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Anonymous is a thriller that explores both the emotional trauma of being kidnapped and surviving captivity and the fallout and struggle and pressure to return to ‘normal’ post escape. It’s a heart wrenching book that made me want to slap the adults in Jane’s life. It’s a story about the power of emotions. It’s a story about fear and trust and starting over. One morning, while stopping in early at work to grab her best-friend’s birthday present, Jane Anonymous is kidnapped. Shoved into a car Jane Anonymous is a thriller that explores both the emotional trauma of being kidnapped and surviving captivity and the fallout and struggle and pressure to return to ‘normal’ post escape. It’s a heart wrenching book that made me want to slap the adults in Jane’s life. It’s a story about the power of emotions. It’s a story about fear and trust and starting over. One morning, while stopping in early at work to grab her best-friend’s birthday present, Jane Anonymous is kidnapped. Shoved into a car trunk, drugged and then taken to a small, white room, she is given food, a list of instructions and little hope for escape. Fast forward seven months, Jane has escaped, but share carries the physical and mental scars of her captivity.Jane Annoymous is written as if Jane herself is reliving her story, sharing it with the reader. The book is divided into Now and Then sections, flipping between the two. This gives readers the opportunity to experience Jane’s fear and torment of the kidnapping as it happened, and at the same time, understanding the struggle she has with returning to her old life and the expectations that are placed upon her. Thanks to the power of Jane’s emotions and little details, like the names and place names used—Jane Anonymous, No Name High School—it is all too easy to image this is a retelling of true events.The manipulation and psychological torment Jane endures, only exacerbated when she discovers the details of her captor, are downright scary and also rather compelling. It makes Jane Anonymous a hard book to put down. There is a big twist that, while I saw it coming, is made all the more interesting by the emotional fallout it causes for Jane. Despite two ‘love interests’ or at least two complicated guys, this isn’t a romance novel. Thanks to friendship and shared understanding, Jane is able to find someone to talk to and it’s easy to image romance in her future, but that isn’t the focus of this book, and I’m glad that the author didn’t make kisses and hand holding the solution to Jane’s troubles. Jane Anonymous is a thrilling and addictive novel.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.One day, as Jane runs to her work to grab a gift for her friend, she is kidnapped by a man posing as a customer. She spends the next seven months trapped in a compound with other teens who have been captured. The story alternates between "then" when Jane is captured and "now" as Jane deals with the aftermath of being rescued and returned to "normal" life. I really loved this story. There have been An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.One day, as Jane runs to her work to grab a gift for her friend, she is kidnapped by a man posing as a customer. She spends the next seven months trapped in a compound with other teens who have been captured. The story alternates between "then" when Jane is captured and "now" as Jane deals with the aftermath of being rescued and returned to "normal" life. I really loved this story. There have been far too many news stories of women being captured by men, so many of whom aren't rescued -- or are, so many years later. Jane is only captured for seven months and already her mentality and well-being are so irrevocably altered. Habits created during her capture stay with her, and no one seems to understand her difficulties; Jane herself can't understand people anymore, and prefers to be left alone. It's heartbreaking to see her so broken, though there is some hope for her. I loved the idea of Jane writing her own story out, in order to reclaim her authority over the story. Overall, a really great story. It's not much of a mystery (beyond wondering who took her and how she got out), but it's more interesting for how Jane changes from her experience.Blog | Twitter
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz in exchange for my honest review.***4.5 STARSAs a form of therapy, JANE ANONYMOUS, not her real name, writes about her seven months in captivity and the difficult transition back home.I enjoy abduction stories and had already preordered JANE ANONYMOUS when I saw the ARC on NetGalley. I couldn’t wait to devour Laurie Faria Stolarz’s story. I immediately knew JANE ANONYMOUS was fresh take on the ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz in exchange for my honest review.***4.5 STARSAs a form of therapy, JANE ANONYMOUS, not her real name, writes about her seven months in captivity and the difficult transition back home.I enjoy abduction stories and had already preordered JANE ANONYMOUS when I saw the ARC on NetGalley. I couldn’t wait to devour Laurie Faria Stolarz’s story. I immediately knew JANE ANONYMOUS was fresh take on the kidnapping sub genre. Jane tells her story in Then and Now chapters, chronicling her abduction from early days to release and her painful reentry into her old life. New normal doesn’t begin to describe how different Jane’s life feels. Everyone who loves Jane is changed and wants to help, but she pushes them away to avoid frequent anxiety attacks.While in captivity, Jane learns others are also held captive, including Mason, who visits through heating vents and offers comfort and vows to free her.JANE ANONYMOUS drips raw pain with tiny glimpses of hope sprinkled within yet never feels heavy or depressing, a tribute to Stolarz’s writing. I did not want JANE ANONYMOUS to end and hope Stolarz has a sequel in the works,
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for an ARC!CW: kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, PTSD, panic attack, trauma, guilt, and some self-harm themesWow, this book is crazy. Jane Anonymous is the name that the MC gives us so she, well, keeps herself anonymous. She was kidnapped for seven months and she's trying to get back to "normal" after the trauma that she went through.Lately, I've been reading a lot of books about trauma and trauma treatment so I know more about the subject. And that means, Thanks to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for an ARC!CW: kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, PTSD, panic attack, trauma, guilt, and some self-harm themesWow, this book is crazy. Jane Anonymous is the name that the MC gives us so she, well, keeps herself anonymous. She was kidnapped for seven months and she's trying to get back to "normal" after the trauma that she went through.Lately, I've been reading a lot of books about trauma and trauma treatment so I know more about the subject. And that means, while reading this book, I was getting so upset with how things were being handled by the people around her. Probably the best people for her were Shelley, her best friend, and Jake, a boy who could become more than a friend. Oh, and a dog that she helped foster who had been abused.The story is told in alternating perspectives. One that's set in the past when Jane was kidnapped, including what happened and what she went through. Then the other is in the present with her trying to survive being back. I totally guessed the twist that was offered, so I wasn't that impressed by that aspect of the story.But, ugh. That trauma shit. Her parents don't really understand. Especially her mom. Her mom wants it to be like the seven months didn't happen and that her little girl is just as she had been. But that's not how it worked. To adapt and survive, Jane had to learn new things that kept her alive in the world she was in. Those things carry over into the new life. Then, the therapist she has, has no idea how to deal with a traumatized person. That means there was no family education or even family therapy.I think this book will really resonate with teens who are going through some of this shit. The stats for teens going through abuse and trauma are higher than anyone would ever like. While the trauma in this book might not fit what happened to them, they could still be seen by the behaviors they do that everyone thinks is fucked but this is just how they learned to make it through to the next day.To me, it was fantastic in that way. It really captured the trauma aspect and I'm so glad that this book exists for people who need it!
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI loved the idea of this book from the blurb and I think that YA thrillers and suspense are in shorter supply, so I was all anticipation over reading it. This was a story of a 17 year old teen, Jane who was kidnapped and held by a mysterious young monster of a man. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye.JANE ANONYMOUS was a fast-paced and tense read. My heart was beating and in my mouth at various junctures. Jane’s capture and imprisonment were told in the ‘then’ time 3.5 starsI loved the idea of this book from the blurb and I think that YA thrillers and suspense are in shorter supply, so I was all anticipation over reading it. This was a story of a 17 year old teen, Jane who was kidnapped and held by a mysterious young monster of a man. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye.JANE ANONYMOUS was a fast-paced and tense read. My heart was beating and in my mouth at various junctures. Jane’s capture and imprisonment were told in the ‘then’ time frame but much of the story was also told in the ‘now’ post-escape and her difficulties to return to life. The kidnapper was not at all what I expected, which led to unfurling of later events with her captor. I did see some of the twists that came before they were revealed.I was engaged throughout this book, I read quickly and avidly. I felt anger, sadness and frustration, often all at once. I felt such sorrow for Jane obviously around her time in captivity, but even more for her time afterwards, I think. I really appreciated the parental perspective, those small insights were heartbreaking and felt so tangible.I would have loved to have rated this book higher but as more was revealed about her kidnapper and certain events that were hazy, there was a lack of clarity that was frustrating. Even more so, being left with unanswered questions in the end left me unsatisfied overall. This book had masses of potential but it didn’t quite realise all of the possibility. All that said, this author wrote in a very engaging style and I would definitely read her work again.Thank you to Wednesday Books and netgalley for the early review copy.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities.
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