Monday, March 23, 2020

Review: Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone


Title: Problem Child
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Series: Jane Doe, #2
Published: March 2020, Lake Union Publishing
Format: ARC Paperback, 266 pages
Source: Publisher

Summary: 
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 sixteen-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.



My thoughts: I am so glad that Jane Doe is back...she is one of the best psychopaths I have ever come across in a novel and I love being in her company! Is that crazy? Probably...and I'm not quite sure what that says about me, but I just cannot get enough of her!

I'm so glad that Victoria Helen Stone has given us readers another dose of Jane Doe. Did we possibly strong arm her into writing it? Maybe...maybe so many of us wanted it so bad that she had no choice or maybe it was the plan all along. Whatever that case may be, all I know is that I was ecstatic when I heard it was coming and begged for this book and it did not disappoint! I flew through it and enjoyed every second I had with Jane once again. 

Now, I will say I definitely think you need to read the prior book, Jane Doe, before reading this one to really get the full effect of Jane in all her glory. In this book, it's a bit different, with a more sedate pace, but Jane is still Jane and her voice is still so original that you cannot help but love her for it. She now has a steady boyfriend - who would have thought that possible??? - but is still kicking a** and taking names. 

I love that we learn a bit more about her history in this book. Meeting her family and seeing where she came from gives us such great insight into Jane and why she is the way she is. I loved this part and while at times it does feel like parts dragged, I think this is such crucial information. But, true to form, the author does infuse such levity that you cannot help but laugh and so it really does keep things moving.

So, is this the last of Jane Doe? I do not think so. Now that Jane has found her niece and seen for herself that she really is like her, I think we will be seeing more of these two. And I cannot wait! Jane being given the opportunity to mold her niece into her protege? What could be better???

This is a great series to pick up...it's fun, original and completely binge-worthy. Exactly what we need during these uncertain times. Get out of your head and get into Jane's...you won't be sorry!


Books in this series:
  1. Jane Doe
  2. Problem Child

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