Jane Doe (Jane Doe #1) by Victoria Helen Stone
Publisher and Publication Date: Lake Union Publishing, August 1, 2018
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 God! I LOVED this book. The perfect read for the spooky season.
“I shrug and shrink a little in my seat. “He had a jealous streak. He was always accusing me of flirting with other men in the office.” “Were you?” “No!” “Hey, I was just asking. Sometimes women can be flirtatious without even realizing it.” Instead of explaining that jealousy is rooted in deep feelings of inadequacy, I pout. “I’m friendly with everyone, whatever gender they are. That was my whole job.” He pats my hand. “I know, but sometimes men just don’t get it. You have to be careful.” “I know. I am.” After all, everyone knows that women are responsible for how men behave. If we’re not careful, they might decide to take what they want. They can’t help it. But somehow I’m the one with the psychological impairment.“
Have you ever read a book and I knew you weren’t supposed to like one of the main characters? This is what happened to me with this book. I really don’t think I should have like Jane as a person but I really did. It’s like I was rooting for her and exactly what she was doing even though I knew it was really, really wrong. I had to question myself multiple times thinking what the heck am I reading and why am I liking this so much? I could not put this book down and I really didn’t want to. I read it (or I should say listened to the audio) at work, on the way to work, in the shower, while cleaning and cooking I was doing absolutely anything. I wanted to know more about Jane and Steven, our main characters. Why was Jane was seeking revenge in Steven? What was she going to do to Steven when she got him in her grips?
“I open the camera feed on my laptop and watch Steven smooth gel into his hair. He’s whistling. Once his hair looks perfect, he makes his bed and then dusts his hands as if he’s finished a big project. He’s so satisfied with his tidy little life. I can’t wait to watch it all crumble into a smoking pile of shit. My cat appears and rubs her cheek against me in approval. She understands exactly. The kill is fun, but toying with your prey is really the best part.“
This book gave me Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn vibes, which is one of my favorite reads last year. Overall, Jane Doe is fun, intriguing, and I was fully immersed in the story the entire time. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this was number one on my list for my end of the year favorite reads. Definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars and I will recommend this to any thriller lover. I can’t wait for the sequel of this book to come out!!
About the Author:
Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that she’s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After; Half Past; Jane Doe; and her latest Amazon Charts bestseller, False Step.