January 18, 2020

#BookReview: Jane Anonymous by @lauriestolarz @WednesdayBooks

Synopsis: Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: From the beginning I was hooked on this story.  The imagining was incredible I could feel Jane's emotions and her insanity.  It felt very real as I was reading and I could connect with Jane on so many levels.  The way the story transitioned from the Then chapters to the Now chapters was done seamless and not distracting at all.  I liked how it touched on the emotional turmoil of her family and friends and how they had to deal with her loss and her return.  Jane's PTSD and Stockholm syndrome was believable as well was her healing process. 

There were two twists in this one, the first twists I had a feeling that was going to be the case.  The second one was very unexpected and it shocked me.  This story is just so amazing and scary that someone could be kidnapped so easily. 

One thing I would have liked to see would have been a list of hotline numbers at the end of the title.  As this was an ARC I am not sure if that will be in the finished copy.  I also think that the author could have done more research on cell phone use as they all have flashlights and the use of an app for that isn't needed.  

The ending of this one wrapped up nicely. I was happy that Jane was able to start healing and move on from her experience of being kidnapped and held captive. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Kidnapping, Self Harm, Emotional Manipulation, Being Held Captive, PTSD

"Stolarz ups the psychological ante...the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome disturbing...this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive...Powerfully graphic." - Kirkus, Starred Review
"A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read." - School Library Journal

"This engrossing confessional is both heartbreaking and hopeful." - Booklist
"A brave and bold piece of fiction. Jane Anonymous is riveting. It will scare you, intrigue you, and keep you up reading way too late." C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author
"An engrossingly tense yet tender story that digs deep. Jane Anonymous isn't your average thriller, it's full of heart and determination." - Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Let Me Hear a Rhyme and Monday's Not Coming
“Thrilling, captivating, and compulsively readable.”―Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
"A timely, suspenseful tale of trauma and its aftereffects – of how you can never go home again and how the things you remember are just as important as the things you don’t. Readers will devour each page like a trail of breadcrumbs left by Stolarz all the way up until the book’s twisty end. There is nothing anonymous about Jane – she is all of us." -Tonya Hurley New York Times bestselling author of the ghostgirl series and The Blessed Trilogy. 
"It's no surprise that Laurie Faria Stolarz has delivered another taut, potent page-turner, replete with shivers and plenty of twists. But with Jane Anonymous, she ratchets up the tension and digs deep, offering the reader a nuanced reflection on identity, memory, and intimacy that grabs hold and doesn't let go." - Micol Ostow, internationally bestselling author of The Devil and Winnie Flynnand Riverdale: The Day Before

"Jane Anonymous is equal parts terrifying and heartbreaking. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m STILL thinking about it." ―Stacey Kade, author of Finding Felicity and The Ghost and the Goth

"Jane Anonymous is a haunting, horrifying tale I won't soon forget. Jane grabbed me from the first page and still refuses to let go." - Cyn Balog, Author of Alone and That Night

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