Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Title: Jane Doe
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 258
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (MN)

FTC Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Jane's days at a Minneapolis insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-pring dresses and extra efficient in 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 Steve.

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.

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Review: I read this book in one day. I was pulled in from the start as the author did a great job of being quite cryptic. What did Steven do to Jane? Why does she act like someone she isn't in order to lure him to her? What is she going to do to him?

Answers to some of these questions become clear early on, but I won't spoil the book for you by telling you what happens. Suffice it to say that Jane is devious, clever, evil, and so good at what she is doing. She uses seduction and sex as a weapon (yes, there is a lot of sex in this book). Jane is comfortable with who she is, her strengths and weaknesses, her body, and her end goal. 

And Steven is easy to hate. He's abusive, manipulative, and ew. So somehow I found myself hoping Jane would be successful even though she is being so bad. I am used to reading mysteries where the detective or police slowly let the reader in on what has already happened. I liked that the narrator is the perpetrator and that we get to see what's happening as it takes place.
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