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Summary

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.

©2018 Victoria Helen Stone (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Absurdly funny

★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

For some bizarre reason - or possibly because I listened to the audiobook version of Jane Doe - I was quite entertained by this novel. I listened to it in less than three days, and I was quite involved by the whole story. Near the end however I realized something. I found this book funny, unbelievable, absurd even, rather than suspenseful or thrilling. This is not a thriller. Some call it a 'revenge-story' but to call it that also doesn't seem right. For the most part, we are in Jane's so called 'sociopathic' mind. She ain't no angel and she wants us to know it. She is a 'bad' girl who doesn't feel empathy. Those characteristics didn't really make Jane into an 'anti-heroine'. To me, Jane seemed like an exaggerated Tom Ripley. She seemed like the sexy 'sociopath' you encounter in a CSI episode or a soap opera rather than a real sociopath. She wasn't evil, nor ambiguous or even mysterious. The fact that she doesn't care about her shitty family doesn't make her into a sociopath. Also, for all her talk of being different from others she came across as being pretty common...in her thoughts and desires.

Jane initially marks Meg as being the exception to her 'I don't give a shite about no one'...and why? Because Meg is nice. Yep. That's it. Our self diagnosed sociopathic protagonist likes someone who is kind and sweet because of their kindness and sweetness. She sticks by someone who is the human embodiment of sugar.
After Meg's death Jane wants to make Steven - aka Meg's ex - pay. Jane pretends to be a spineless, whiny, insecure, woman in order to gain the attention of the most unbelievable man I have read in a long while. He is a mere sketch, a dick who spouts the most dick-ish things for no apparent reason, a man who treats fake Jane like crap within days of meeting her. If we are to believe that he is a manipulating bastard, why is he revealing his 'nasty side' so soon ?

Jane's plan is puerile. She has sex with him, wanks him off, seduces him with her ever so irresistible 'bras'. Really ?! That's her technique?! Steven is made to be completely unable to resist his sexual impulses, and in many ways he was the perfect portrayal of a dog in heat. Speaking of...were all those sexual scenes necessary? They take part most of the narrative, I kid you not. Words like panties, bras, breasts, appear throughout this novel...
Luke was a useless - and unlikely - addition. Another 'nice' person who Jane (the self proclaimed soulless woman) likes because he is indeed nice...
Jane's image of herself was quite amusing. She makes hilarious comparisons between felines (such as a cat) and herself...was I not supposed to find it funny? Jane's 'hunting' skills are basically being able to pretend to be a meek girlfriend...wow.

The ending, Jane's 'revenge', was so unimpressive, so basic, so simple, that it made me judge this novel for its real worth. Yes it made me laugh a lot, but it was more of a 'laughing at how ridiculous it was' rather than 'laughing because of some good joke'.

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Nice and simple story

Storyline was nice and simple. Your typical revenge fuelled story - but better! Narrator was pretty good but always had this whisper/ breathy type of voice at the end of her sentence and my gosh, it was annoying. Would still recommend it though

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WOW WOW WOW

I could NOT put this wonderful book down .... a complete surprise of how excellent this was. The story is gripping from page one and I listened to the whole thing within a day!

The story proves just how far that one friend will go for another.

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An absolute corker!!!

an absolutely brilliant book! From the very first word I was hooked!! Fantastic performance. Fantastic Sorry!! I DID NOT want it to end!! Amazing!!!

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Sinister, Funny, Menacing.

I couldn't stop listening to this audio. Jane is a very good friend to have, but as an enemy......Crikey, you just wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her. The way she stalked her prey was absolutely riveting. You were rooting for her all the way. Revenge is certainly a dish served ice-cold in Jane's world. I found myself smiling, at the way she portrayed the down trodden girlfriend, and what she was really thinking. Very well written Victoria Helen Stone.

Nicole Zanzarella, WAS Jane. The menace, the cynicism, the cat and mouse game were all portrayed brilliantly, with the nuances in her voice. Extremely well read. I shall be looking out for this narrator again.

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  • shelley
  • 07-08-18

Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

This book was totally unexpected. I found Jane Doe to be a uniquely entertaining psychological thriller. It's very down to earth with believable characters and storyline.
The story is as the publisher's summary states. Jana returned to the United States when her best and only friend (Meg) commits suicide. She does this after getting into a relationship with Steven. He hones in on Meg's weaknesses and breaks her down. Both Meg and Jane come from abusive families. Jane grew up strong Meg, not quite so strong with inhibitions and self doubt. Jane wants Steven to pay for what he did to Meg, she wants revenge.
This book is very well written. The characters are fleshed out. The story is complete and the ending is satisfying.
Nicole Zanzarella does an outstanding job narrating.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99 to purchase when you borrow the kindle edition.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Thank You.

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  • Wayne
  • 15-08-18

Sweet twisted retribution!

Romance novel author Victoria Dahl writes her psychological thrillers using the pseudonym Victoria Helen Stone. The protagonist (Jane) is a sociopath who does not relate well to other humans in general and whose behavior is seemingly without limits; Meg, her only friend, was driven to suicide by the verbal and psychological abuse of her boyfriend Steven. Jane moves from Malaysia to Minneapolis to get revenge against Steven. Steven does not like or trust women but he uses them for his own pleasure while trying to destroy their sense of self worth. Jane gets herself employed where Steven works as she sets out to destroy him. Jane Doe is a wild and fascinating ride mostly because Jane's behavior is totally unpredictable while Steven's behavior is totally predictable. Listeners who appreciate richly deserved vengeance will enjoy JANE DOE because Jane's behavior is so creatively beyond boundaries. Narration is superb as Nicol Zanzarella really gets into the Jane character.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-08-18

AMAZING

I've read or listened to almost 100 books so far this year, and Victoria Helen Stone's _Jane Doe_ may be the absolute best of the bunch. Better yet, Zanzarella's narration takes an already brilliant novel and makes it transcendent.

The heroine is a ballbusting sociopath pretending to be a beaten down doormat as part of her quest for revenge. Zanzarella switches between Real Jane's chilling narration and Fake Jane's simpering placation on a dime, jumping back and forth like a world class Double Dutch Champ and turning it into something seamless and thrilling.

If you have the choice to listen to this as an audiobook? Take it.

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  • Melissa Saunders
  • 08-09-18

Love This!

This book was SO good! It's completely different than other mysteries as its told from the "villian's" POV, but it makes it that much more interesting. I wish there were more books with this main character in it because I loved her so much!

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  • Tish
  • 22-08-18

Take it leave it!

I know this book received many great reviews but I was honestly disappointed. First, not everyone in Oklahoma lives in a trailer, this scenario has been done to death. Plus, being a Christian, is about having a personal relationship with God, not about church. If Jane was a real psychopath or sociopath, I don't think her feelings and thoughts regarding the church would have been so strong. It felt like unnecessary ranting at times. Last but not least, the ending was so disappointing. I felt like the author got sick of writing and ended the book as quickly as possible.

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  • ashley
  • 02-08-18

Oh wow.....daaaang.

What can I say? Hilarious, sardonic sociopath seeks revenge. It’s great, funny, original. Don’t miss this one if you’re a jaded, skeptic like me. This is not sweet and sappy, maybe a little, but she’s faking. Seriously.....great writing.

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  • Linda
  • 05-09-18

Wow, revenge is a ...

Keeps you guessing and engaged. No spoilers here, just highly recommend for the entertainment value.

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 28-08-18

See Jane. See Jane have much too much sex.....

The narrator saved this book.

Too many sex scenes. I did not select this book because I wanted to listen to intimate details about the main character's very active sex life. I selected the book because I wanted to listen to a compelling mystery/thriller.

If all of the many, many sex scenes would have been omitted, this book would have earned a higher rating from me.

Looking at the half-full cup, the narrator of the book did a superb job with what she was given to read.

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  • Nadia
  • 13-11-18

It's good, but it's no Gone Girl.

It's a short (under 8 hours) and entertaining read about a sociopathic female protagonist looking for revenge against a misogynistic man who had a hand in her best friend's suicide. I tries to be dark and it definitely is sexual, so it has that pulling you to listen to more. But, there are no plot twists or huge Oh My God moments, but it's certainly entertaining and worth the credit, in my opinion.

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  • Stacy
  • 07-11-18

Nothing redeeming or enjoyable about it

not sure why this book received high rating. characters are one dimensional w no redeeming qualities. boring w typical stereo types of Christians and men as misogynists

1 of 1 people found this review helpful