Review: Jane Doe
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.
A fast-paced thriller that feminist dreams are made of. Now, THIS is the book I've been searching for with the strong female lead I've been trying to find in my last few disappointing thriller-genre reads. "Some girls dim their light to make some men feel vibrant." Well, Jane is definitely not that girl and it was so rewarding to see her combat these types of men with her mental arsenal.
Jane is a sociopath but not the kind you think. She's a sociopath because she's pretty much detached from any emotion, including love, except when it comes to her best friend, Meg. She's brilliant, she's calculated and I was mesmerized by her for all the wrong reasons but I LOVED every word, every second I was reading this book that was narrated by this thrilling character. She is authentic, strong and fierce - a total badass and unashamed of who she is. I loved her sarcastic tendencies, the little things she did to get under Steven's skin and one-up him when he thought he was getting the best of her. Oh, Steven. Steven and his misogynistic and sexist ass.
I admired Jane for her surprising character growth - surprising because I didn't think she could get any better. But she did and does when she accepts Luke into her crazy life. Not all men are bad, and we're proven that with Luke who was just, to easily put it, the best. Sweet, kind and caring and totally believable, he definitely did not want Jane to dim her light, in fact, he wanted to make it stronger and accepted her for who she was.
I never thought I'd see myself rooting for a sociopathic character or empathizing with her, but I did and I'm so glad I did. This was SO well written, I could NOT put it down and had to finish it in one sitting because I just had to know! I had to know because it left me wanting more and became an addiction. There wasn't a single dull moment and from the first page, I was intrigued and fascinated.
Good job, Jane. Mission accomplished.