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review 2018-09-12 17:20
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was great! I first heard about this book on Goodreads where some of my friends were discussing some of the books that have been recommended by Ilona Andrews. I immediately straightened up a bit and started taking note of the books being mentioned because I can't think of anyone I would rather take book recommendations from that Ilona Andrews. Once I realized that I could borrow this audiobook from Kindle Unlimited, I decided that it would be my next listen...and what a great listen it was!

Jane Doe has a plan and she knows how she needs to act in order to complete her mission. She is looking for revenge from a man that she has never met Steven Hepsworth. Jane becomes the perfect person to get close to Steven with her carefully planned and executed actions. Steven thinks he has met someone that he can have in his life for as long as he wants. Jane's hate for the man grows exponentially by the day.

It was wonderful having the chance to be in Jane's head as she went through her plan and worked to remain in character. I loved her inner dialogue and often found quite a bit of humor in it. It was kind of interesting to get to know the real Jane while she was playing the role of a very different individual to those around her most of the time. There were times where Jane was able to to show more of her true self and the contrast was very eye-opening.

I loved the fact that I wasn't always sure who the bad guy was in this story. I mean Jane is out for revenge and embraces the fact that she is a sociopath but I still liked her more than Steven. He was truly horrible but completely oblivious of that fact. The more that I read, the more that I wanted to see him suffer.

I thought that Nicol Zanzerella did an amazing job with the narration. This was the first time that I have had an opportunity to listen to this narrator's work and I was very impressed. This book is told entirely from Jane's point of view and I thought that she captured her personality very well. It was always very obvious when Jane was speaking as the character she was using for her revenge. I found her voice to be very pleasant and wanted to listen to the book for hours at a time. I do plan to look for more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I had a great time with this darker story that held more than a few surprises. I definitely plan to read more from this author in the future. 

Initial Thoughts
This was great! Jane was a great character and I loved seeing how her mind work. As Jane worked to get revenge, I was cheering her on because her target seemed to deserve whatever Jane would eventually throw his way. I loved that there was some humor worked into the story. The narrator did a fantastic job with this story and I highly recommend going that route if at all possible. 

Book source: Kindle Unlimited

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review 2018-08-12 19:05
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone - My Thoughts
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone

I have no idea what I just read but it was fascinating.  Advertised as a psychological thriller, it is that, but it's something else as well. A character study?  A study on revenge?  A study on sociopaths?  What I can say is that the heroine of this story, Jane, left me feeling much the same as I felt about the heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander.  I pulled for her, rooted for her, had her back, but MAN, she scared the shit out of me.  She's a self-diagnosed sociopath but I'm kinda with the character, Luke, who sees something else in her.  Or maybe that's me looking for a reason to justify my rooting for her? 

Well written in the present tense with a 1st person POV, I know some people will sneer, but it works really well for this story.

It's an unsettling read, but I understand why all the excitement on Twitter this past week about it.  I'm glad I took a chance and read it. 

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review 2017-10-31 21:56
Half Past
Half Past: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone

I Picked Up This Book Because: The last Victoria Helen Stone book I read wrecked me in all the best ways.

The Characters:

Hannah Smith:

The Story:

I am sad to report this book did not have the same results. While well written it left me feeling blah overall. I realize now more than ever I need my characters to interact with other characters. Hannah spent a lot of time in her head. It doesn’t work for me. Once we got deep into the plot and there were other people to hash out details with I started to enjoy the story more. I didn’t agree with a lot of Hannah’s actions. I think there was much more she could have done before she flew halfway across the country but in the end I see how that does not serve the plot well. I enjoyed the mystery and the unraveling. I don’t even know what I would do if I were to find out one of my parents is not my parent. I don’t think it’s a thing you can decide on if you aren’t in that position.

Writing: Good.
Forward Motion: Great pacing. It felt natural
Overall Interest: It wavered during a lot of the beginning of the book
Length of Reading Time: Fair
Re-read-ability: No.

The Random Thoughts:

Oh and Hannah’s sisters really made me mad. I’m glad she was able to overcome though.

The Score Card:


3 Stars

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text 2016-10-31 15:59
Helen, After
Evelyn, After: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone
The Characters:

Helen Farrington Tester
Gary Tester
Noah Whitman
Juliette Whitman

The Story:

I’m not sure what I think about this story. Helen finds out her husband has been cheating on her and through a series of obsessive behavior she discovers Noah Whitman the husband of her husband’s mistress. Once meeting Noah, Helen can not stay away from him. They have the chemistry that has been missing in her life for years. Helen rediscovers a lot of herself with the encouragement of Noah. But she also discovers a lot after he calls it off.

There is a lot of passion in this story and not just the sexual kind. There is fear and rage and sadness. So many emotions really. I think that is one this this author excels at.

In the end I’m proud of the decisions Helen makes. She didn’t take the best road to get there but she took her road. She made mistakes, she corrected them. She thrived.

The Random Thoughts:

3 Stars
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