Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Published by Lake Union Publishing on August 1, 2018
Series: Jane Doe #1
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased

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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.

I’ve been a fan of Victoria Helen Stone’s writing in the past–specifically, her romance novels written as Victoria Dahl. Jane Doe is just about the farthest thing from a love story as you can get, but it’s a deviously fun thriller that I enjoyed from start to finish. If you like a revenge story, this is the book for you. 

By day, Jane works an entry-level job at an insurance company, unassuming and fading into the background. When manager Steven takes notice of the new girl, he pulls out all the stops to get to know her and eventually get her to agree to a date. But Jane isn’t fooled. She knows just who he really is and she has big plans for good old church-going Steven. 

Here’s the thing: Jane is an admitted sociopath. She has a hidden agenda for Steven, and he’s too smitten and stupid to guess the truth. By the time Jane is done with him, he will be destroyed.

While I loved this book, it definitely isn’t for everyone. People of faith–specifically, Christians–are portrayed in a very poor light, so be advised. Personally, I saw those characters as awful/hypocritical people reaping what they sow, but your mileage may vary.

This book is so deliciously wicked and dark! Am I supposed to like Jane, sociopath extraordinaire? Because I do. Jane’s revenge is glorious and no one deserves to be punished more than Steven. I never thought I’d find myself enjoying a character who’s this messed up, but here we are. A solid 5 stars from me! I’m looking forward to reading the follow-up, Problem Child, and revisiting my favorite sociopath.

Rating: 5 stars


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