Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

9FEA1E0F-F2A4-45CD-80B8-9C620A66FBE1Thank you to Amazon Publishing and Lake Union Authors for sending me a free review copy of Jane Doe in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

Jane Doe was the surprise of the summer for me!! A relatively short book (258 pages), I wasn’t sure how much punch this little revenge novel would pack but it sure delivered.  I can’t help but think of the old platitude: short and sweet and to the point.

I loved the straight forward nature of this novel. No crazy outlandish plot twists, no multiple view points, no back and forth timelines, and no side plots.  Jane Doe is told only from Jane’s point of view and there is one goal: revenge. The only thing the reader is left wondering is what exactly Jane is willing to do to seek her vengeance and what she has planned, but that was enough to keep me turning the pages.

I also really enjoyed the way Stone inserted little details about Jane and her self-diagnosis as a sociopath: a person without emotion. It is common for a person to instantly thing ‘serial killer’ when they hear the word sociopath but Jane was a character that could break that stereotypical mold.  I loved the development of her character and felt like I was getting a more true account of a typical sociopath that may exist in the real world.

Full disclosure: there is a lot of sex in this book, so if that’s something that bother’s you beware.  However, I didn’t feel that any of it was over the top, there’s just a lot of it.

I loved Jane Doe, it was a gritty little revenge novel like none I’ve ever read before, I easily give it five stars!