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She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series - and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled 16-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her - by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.

©2020 Victoria Helen Stone (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not As Good As "Jane Doe" - But Still Excellent

I worship the ground Victoria Helen Stone stands on and had pre-ordered this sequel to "Jane Doe" five months before release. Jane is one of my favorite book characters: independent, smart and provocative with confidence through the roof. She is shamelessly herself. She also happens to be a sociopath.

Don't get me wrong, this book is excellent, sassy as ever and full of sexual tension. But after the first part, my expectations were very high and, frankly, different. "Jane Doe" is a cold bitch revenge thriller; "Problem Child" is a mystery with a smidgen of revenge and too little action. The thing is, I didn't want Jane to become a detective, and although she is still a cold bitch, she develops a (faint) family instinct and I just didn't want to see that.

Still, I'm begging for a part 3.

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Jane Doooo!

I found this installment a faster read/ listen/ progression than the first. Extremely enjoyable. Loved her travels back home and more back story into Jane's past. Can't wait till the next book. Highly recommended. We could all learn a little from Jane in my opinion.

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  • shelley
  • 25-03-20

The return of my favorite sociopath!!!!

This is the second book featuring Jane Doe. The books aren’t grouped together with a link to the series but this is book two. To get a better understanding of this book I would suggest listening to these books in order. Book one (Jane Doe) really fleshes out the devious, manipulative personality of this character. This book picks up with Jane’s life following her escapades of the previous.
The beginning of this book gives a glimpse into Jane’s life as an attorney. She doesn’t play well with others. She gets a call that a niece she’s never met is missing. Jane couldn’t care less until she learns the girl possesses similar traits to herself.
The middle third of the story seems to go off in some strange direction. I not sure if this part added anything to the story or what the actual purpose was but ok, I just went with it. In this section Jane developed a weird obsession with wind turbines and power. Hmmmm... maybe I just missed something.
Anyway, the last third of the book is back up to standards. And the ending will blow you away.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is free to borrow with the kindle edition.
Nicol Zanzarella does a stellar job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • 31-03-20

Jane the likeable sociopath! Fun novel!

The first novel in the Jane Doe series was titled Jane Doe. PROBLEM CHILD is Book 2. The protagonist is a devious sociopath who is aware of and enjoys her mental illness. Book 1 was about Jane Doe getting retribution for the suicide of her only friend Meg. Jane, an attorney, now has a boyfriend named Luke. She rescues her 16 year old niece Kayla from a horrid situation in her Oklahoma home town and brings her back to Minneapolis to live with her and Luke. Kayla is also a sociopath who is possible more devious than Jane. I've looked forward to this novel since listening to Jane Doe and await the next novel in this very creative and fun series. Nicol Zanzarella does a wonderful job of narration.

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  • Meg
  • 25-03-20

Disappointed

After the first book I was expecting more. The first book kept me wishing for one ending and then found the different ending to be much better than the expected. This book only has an ending thought about in the last chapter then it is obvious and unwelcome. Stick with the first book. Nicol Zanzarella is an excellent narrator, I will look for her again.

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  • dtamayob
  • 30-03-20

Jane Doe is back!

Oh Ms. Doe, you deliciously snarky, selfish and unapologetic wonder. I'm so glad you're back. I'm giving you and Problem Child all the stars. ★★★★★

Not that you'd care, but I've missed you. I've missed how you come at everything with strength, confidence and an abundance of IDGAF. It's so empowering to watch you, a woman, take the world by the balls and make it yours. And now you might have a devilish little Mini Jane? The world can barely contain you. How will it handle two?

Is it wrong to be inspired by a sociopath? Who can say, really? But to the badass lurking inside us all, yearning to speak up, I'm sure Jane would wink and say, "Don't hold back. You deserve this."

And she'd be right.

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  • Adrianne J. Woodward
  • 26-03-20

Not very engaging.

I really enjoyed Jane Doe, and was looking forward to more of the same. This book was not nearly and fun and clever, and I thought Jane did more speech-making than anything else. Kind of a letdown, I must say.

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  • Susan 🎧Audible-a-holic🎧 Crowe
  • 08-03-21

Jane, Jane, Jane.....

Man, you don't want to piss Jane off.
The world needs more Janes.
Was I suppose to laugh while listening to this book?
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  • escoocoo
  • 02-01-21

A Self Aware Sociopath....?

Well....not too sure about that(!) but, if you can suspend your belief system/psychological facts about the issue, it’s a pretty good, fun book! I love Jane’s snarky, Bad A attitude, and the narrator is great and just perfect in the role. Kudos, kiddos ☺️.
It’s a fun ride and I recommend it for all women, but especially those who enjoy vicariously getting back at all the jerks out there!!! You can’t go wrong with Jane in your corner!
I read the first book in this series a while ago, and remember really enjoying that one as well. This one ends with just enough of a cliffhanger ending to make ample room for another follow up. I’m ready for it, Jane, sock it to me!!! 👍🏼

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  • Rinnie
  • 14-12-20

Explains Trump's behavior

Gives you insight on how the mind of a psychopath actually works, all in the form of a really interesting story. If you enjoyed reading You, you'll like this .

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  • Barbara S
  • 22-09-20

love this sociopath!

I listened to the audio version of “Problem Child” by Victoria Helen Stone, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella. It’s part of a series, and this is the first one I listened to. It can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Jane is our narrator and she makes being a sociopath fascinating and even enviable(who wouldn’t want to never worry or feel guilt?). Yes, she does seek revenge, but in a “do-goodery” way. I think we have all had that boss who takes credit for our ideas, who takes your work and uses it as their own. Well Jane, she “balances” things…she’s karma. She only employs questionable moral tactics when she’s pushed. She doesn’t do anything immoral just for fun. She just evens the playing field.

In this story, Jane’s 16-year-old niece has vanished, and Jane only becomes involved when she finds out that this niece may just be a sociopath herself. Jane has homed in on her sociopathic skills to be a productive citizen in society. She finds the notion of “schooling” a budding sociopath to be a productive member of society rather than a criminal intriguing. So, Jane goes on the search to find her niece.

Her niece has gotten caught up in some questionable activities. Jane has to plow through criminals and white-collar creeps to find her. The joy in the story is the inter musings of Jane, as she confronts all the slimy characters in her way. It’s a fun read and pure entertainment.

Narrator Zanzarella does a fantastic job changing her voice for all the different characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-20

Ehhh

Performance was pretty on point. Story was a little pointless. I LOVED Jane Doe. This one fell flat for a thriller because it definitely wasn’t thrilling

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