Revenge, Sociopaths & Smashing The Patriarchy: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Thursday, August 23, 2018


by Victoria Helen Stone
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 
Publication Date: August 1st 2018
Source: Bought 
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷ 
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Jane Doe wasn't on my radar until Danya recommended this for a potential buddy read with Becky. I love buddy-reading with these ladies so I was quick to say yes. I'm glad I took the dive into this story because it was just what I needed as a palate cleanser. Jane Doe was a thrilling revenge story that had me glued to the pages.

I always struggle with reviewing mystery books so I am going to keep this one as vague as possible. The protagonist of the book, Jane, is out to get revenge for her best friend's suicide. The target of her revenge happens to be Steven, an abusive and manipulative a-hole. Jane Doe told the story of how Jane slowly infiltrated Steven's life to carry out her goal. Jane was a self-proclaimed sociopath and it was fascinating to see that side of her emerge via small actions throughout the book. She was angry and hell-bent on getting her revenge. Jane was unlike any heroine that I am used to but it was really interesting being inside of her head. Even with her sociopath side that we see constantly throughout Jane Doe, she was a character that I rooted for. I NEEDED her to be successful in exacting the revenge on Steven and I was cheering for her. She was brilliantly manipulative and 100% devious and I was honestly here for it.

Then there was Steven who was utter scum on Earth. It was scary and realistic to me how Steven seemed so normal at first glance. He considered himself to be a devout Christian and seemed like a nice guy, but underneath it all, was just a despicable man who thrived on showing his non-existent power and walking all over women. You will absolutely hate him and everything that he represented. As far as the plot line went, Jane Doe was fairly straightforward. I knew going in this was going to be a revenge story, but I also wish Victoria Helen Stone had peppered in some surprises and twists here and there to make the story a little more enjoyable.

All in all though, Jane Doe was a satisfying read for me and I will be going back and reading the author's previous releases.

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