Review: Jane Anonymous

Jane Anonymous
By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published January 7, 2020 by Wednesday Books

Publisher’s summary:
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?

Jane Anonymous is a gripping, highly readable book about a teen girl who was kidnapped.

Jane (we never learn her real name) was kidnapped, thrown in the trunk of a car, and Jane Anonymousthen locked up in a white room for seven months. Now she’s free, but she’s having serious trouble readjusting to her old life. Her best friend just wants things to go back to the way they were. Her parents are trying their best, but they’re still completely traumatized by her abduction and they don’t know what to do to help her.

The story switches back and forth between the present and the time Jane was in captivity. This format works really well for the story, building the suspense. It’s definitely a page turner. It’s a harrowing story, and I rooted for Jane as she tried to figure out how to move on with her life after this horrifying ordeal.

The nature of the plot deserves a content warning, but it’s worth saying that there’s very little violence in the book, and the abduction involves mostly psychological torture rather than physical.

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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