Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe Victoria Helen Stone

Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★

I see the moment he first notices me.

Plot

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.

Review

This book was so much fun. I couldn’t put it down, I read it in one sitting.

It’s about a sociopath who is out to avenge her best friend, so what’s not to like?

This relationship will be tedious and nearly unbearable, but the end will justify the means. Maybe I’ll destroy his family. Maybe I’ll set him up for embezzlement. Maybe I’ll kill him.

I’ll find what’s most important to him and then I’ll take it away.

I absolutely loved Jane. I have a weakness for sociopaths with a heroic streak. And it’s so rare you get a female antihero. She’s ruthless. She’s manipulative. She’s an absolute joy to read about. I loved spending time in her head.

Then there’s Steven, the guy she’s out to get and ooohhhh, Steven was such an asshole. I couldn’t wait for her to take him out. I think every woman has met a sort of Steven in her life. Someone who constantly puts them down with little comments to make himself feel better.

“What are you reading?” I hold it up, showing him the name of a famous thriller author. Steven grimaces.

“Genre fiction?”

“My favorite.”

“I only read nonfiction.” He wants me to feel self-conscious but the truth is that a man like Steven doesn’t want to immerse himself in someone else’s world. It gives the author too much power. It makes Steven feel small.

I ignore all that and pretend I don’t register the implied insult in his disapproval.

I loved how Jane reacted to him. The way she manipulated him and what she really thought. I loved the raging feminism in the book.

“You’re sexy as hell,” he says. Lots of men have said this to me. They like a woman with no shame. We’re rare, you see, because we’re told to be ashamed of everything every day by everyone. Ashamed to give them what they want, ashamed not to want to give it to them. Ashamed to show our average bodies, ashamed not to have a perfect one. I have no idea how normal women date. The world seems like it’d be an unbearable place for people with real feelings.

I loved how it called out all the problematic things Steven does, as well as the downright terrible ones. I loved watching her play with him like a cat with her prey.

Fuck yeah this book is awesome.

Conclusion

One of the best thrillers I have ever read, with an absolutely amazing protagonist.

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