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See Jane Run

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,538 ratings  ·  195 reviews
I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Ril
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2014)
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1.5 stars

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

The thing about See Jane Run was that either I was bored, or I was annoyed.

The Summary

Riley Alan Spencer’s life changes when she discovers a hidden birth certificate in her baby book when she and her best friend, Shelby are snooping around in her parents’ room. The problem with the birth certificate is that it doesn’t have Riley’s name prin
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Have you ever read a book that was written so poorly you had to stop at least once a page and shake your head in disbelief? If not, SEE JANE RUN will give you that disappointing literary experience you never wanted to have. Writer Hannah Jayne has never met an adjective, adverb, simile or metaphor she didn't try to cram in this overwritten novel. While some of her words would have been clever and unique had she used them sparingly, Jayne seems not to have gotten the memo first time creative, sec ...more
Initial reaction: Decent mystery/suspense, but I'll admit it started off really shaky at first. The story built itself a little better as it went on, and from that point, it held my attention to Riley's case considering everything wasn't as it seemed.

Full review:

This is a YA mystery/suspense novel that grew on me the more I read onward. That's not to say that it didn't start off as a bit silly, but it surprised me how it managed to improve over the course of the narrative.

Riley is used to having
Hannah Morrison
This had an interesting concept but was somewhat poorly executed. 95% of the plot issues could've been solved if Riley talked to her parents earlier. Mostly, it just fell apart for me when post the situational reveal. It's one thing to not explain a complicated backstory to a child, it's another when you have a young adult of applying to college age. This is another book where the characters seem really immature for their age. It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly which parts indicated this but t ...more
Lauricia Dawn
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards and seeing this recommended as a similar read at the back of the book, I thought I'd give it a go. I must admit that I found it hard not to compare the two, as there were so many similarities in plot and characters. Unfortunately, this one wasn't as enjoyable as the other...I might have enjoyed it more had I read it BEFORE Six Months Later, not after.
Till about halfway through, most of the suspense was coming from the MC's crazy theories, no
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'See Jane Run' is a fantastic young adult mystery/thriller that will have you guessing until the very end. It follows leading lady Riley as she discovers a strange birth certificate hidden in her baby book in her parent's closet. The certificate isn't for her, but for someone named Elizabeth O'Leary. Riley's world quickly spins out of control as she tries to find information on who Elizabeth was, what happened to her, and finally - the truth. Things keep escalating for Riley when she be
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like mystery thriller and suspense but don't have big expectations.
WARNING: The sentences tagged spoiler did hide major ones so do not open them if you haven't read the book.

I was waiting for this book, because I read Truly Madly Deadly one of Hannah Jayne's previous books and I loved it. This was a little disappointing after that, still I gave it three stars because it was (mostly) entertaining.

The Storyline:

The story starts with Riley who wants to go to a school trip where students can check out Hudson college, but her parents won't let h
Face on the Milk Carton meets Rules For Disappearing, now with 40% more plot holes.

While rooting through her parents' things in search of a particular shirt, Riley happens upon her baby book. Inside the book there's a birth certificate for a baby who isn't Riley. Her best friend spouts wild theories (you're a kidnapping victim! You had a sister with a totally different name!) that hold no water on examination (why would the parents have a birth certificate for the child they stole?), but luckily
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Let me make this clear: I expected this book to have smart characters. I had high expectations for this book and I HATED IT! If you don't want to know what happens, STOP RIGHT NOW!

Riley, the main character's friend is run over by the crazy man who is attempting to abduct her and what does she do?! She questions who's telling the truth her parents or the crazy man!!! Repeatedly her friends try to convince her to either go to the police or her parents for answers or even to report her attempted ki
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This arrived by accident from interlibrary loan but ended up being a light yet suspense-filled fun read for the beach.
Jamie Horton
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - slowish start, strong middle, rushed ending. Good easy read though.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed reading this book and the others by this author and each one I read takes me back to my high school days and wishing was able to go back and enjoy them again.
There were twists and turns in this one and each one was more surprising than the one before. I was glad that everything worked out in the end the way it did though but sad that it all had to happen...
Michelle Wrona
*3.5 star rating*

I love mysteries—it's as simple as that. I especially love mysteries that deal with kidnappings and missing people. This story reminded me so much of the book, The Face on the Milk Carton, in a way, except Riley here is dealing with everything on her own and is experimenting this craziness by herself.

I've read a book in the past also by Hannah Jayne—Truly, Madly, Deadly, and I wasn't too impressed as I now am with this one. I'm proud to admit and state that this book was a p
Amy Fournier
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm always up for a good mystery/thriller so this sounded like just the book for me. While I did enjoy it, I didn't totally love it. The story was interesting, and I liked how it tackled metal illness without solely focusing on it. The characters just didn't quite work for me the way I wanted though. This had plenty of thrill and excitement though, which was able to keep me interested and turning the pages. Also, I just have to add that the synopsis is very deceiving. She actually finds the birt ...more
heather - NightlyReading
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hannah Jayne is superb at writing YA mysteries. I had first Read Truly, Madly, Deadly and as soon as I spotted this book, I was intrigued enough to want to read it too!
The main character of Riley finds a birth certificate in her parent’s bedroom for an Elizabeth Jane. Her best friend, Shelby, comes up with all these elaborate scenarios about Riley’s parents but Riley cannot imagine any of them being true. Riley would like to forget that she found the piece of paper but she keeps receiving these
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This is one of those mysteries that is a constant back and forth, up and down with the single question, are they innocent or guilty?

One minute you are sure it is the latter, only to read another chapter and sure that you were wrong and the first was the better answer.

What you don't realize as the story progresses isn't are they innocent or guilty but rather the more important questions of, what in the world did they really do?

Are they as evil as they seem? Can they be trusted and it not them, t
Talk Supe
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Talk Supe review

SEE JANE RUN's focal point is Riley and how she dealt with this life secret that totally turned her life upside down. Even if there are some procedural and criminal elements involved in the story, the details on that were left implied so don't expect a CSI/SVU like novel. SEE JANE RUN is more on the "victim's" Riley's psyche during this time, suspecting everyone is out to get her, running away, doubting her parents and thinking they're the enemy that sent her on a tailspin. Plus
Kelly Hager
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a ridiculously fun novel, one full of twists and suspense. Even though I correctly called the ultimate answer very early on, I had a great time just going along with the ride. (If you read it, let me know if you call it, too.)

Granted, everything could have been solved much earlier and easier if Riley had just asked her parents. I get that she didn't want to get in trouble but seriously. JUST. ASK.

My biggest problem with the novel is the fact that Riley kept talking herself out of being n
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Although the main character Riley and her best friend Shelby were annoying. Also the ending was really cheesy and incomplete. Like where will JD live and why was he always in trouble. I feel like their ultimate relationship was obvious, underdeveloped and cheesy.

Nonetheless, the idea was pretty good...and creepy while simultaneously enthralling. It was hard to get into because everyone was annoying at the beginning and the ending felt obvious, but by the middle or so Jayne starts to draw you in.
Trigger Warning: Stalking.

See Jane Run is an incredibly fast paced novel where the main character, Riley, discovers lies, truths and so much more.

Throughout the book Riley battles many emotions, and more especially her anxiety. I liked reading Riley working through her anxiety attacks, and the other challenges that Riley faces in this story.

Another thing that I liked about See Jane Run is that, I was second guessing myself around every corner. There was nothing that I wasn’t suspicious about. An
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
An entertaining read. I enjoyed the book, but there were a few things that kept it from being a higher rating. Riley is not a character to be admired. She is very passive allowing events to happen to her rather than having agency herself. She never presses her parents for answers even when she knows they are lying, and she is always wandering off on her own and getting in trouble. The parents seemed two dimensional - overprotective but not much else to them. The dialogue seemed forced for most o ...more
Erica Alyson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I was kept guessing til the very end.

See Jane Run is about a girl named Riley who has super over protective parents. One day he and her friend Shelby are in her parents room where she is not suppose to be. In there she finds her baby book with a different birth certificate and she is unsure if it is her. If it is her did her parents kidnap her, who is she really.

This book is exciting until the very end. I don't want to give away too much, but I definitely enjoyed this book!!!!
Shannon Clark
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit there were several times when I wanted Riley to just ask the question, ask it already. A little annoying but not enough to stop reading.

This is a great YA novel with just the right hint of suspense, some twists to keep you guessing, mixed in with a healthy dose of teenage life.

Wanting to read another one by this author!
Zoe Petrella
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl who is named Riley Spencer, or at least that's what she knows herself as, but when she sees a birth certificate with the name of Jane Elizabeth O'Leary in her parents closet where she was told to never go, her world was turned upside down. Riley wants to find out who Jane is. Riley's friend, comes up with these cray assumptions like Riley was kidnapped by her "parents" when she was so young she doesn't even remember and her real name is Jane Elizabeth O'Leary and they s ...more
Zoe Kincaid
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summary - Riley Spencer was just a small town girl with a normal life. Or so she thought. When Riley finds some other girls birth certificate in her baby book, she starts looking for answers. Everything Riley thought was right was wrong and everyone she thought she could trust was lying.

I thought Hannah Jayne did a wonderful job with the story line. All the details came together and everything made sense. Another thing I thought she did well was the character development of Riley. She had so ma
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, ebook
One of the reading goals that I set for myself in 2019 was to:
A.) Try to finish the various series I've started and abandoned. OR
B.) Try to read all the books by the various authors I've read and enjoyed. (I know.... impossible haha)

With that being said, I am making my way through all the Hannah Jayne YA thrillers I've had sitting on my shelves (or my virtual Kindle shelves).

Read prior to 2019: Truly, Madly, Deadly ★★★★

Read in 2019: The Dare ★★★★

I enjoyed this
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Ok, honestly, if you found a birth certificate of someone a year-ish older than you just shoved in your baby book, what's the first thing you would do?
a) Ask your parents?
b) Google?
c) Come up with conspiracy theories with your delusional best friend and then lie to your parents so that you can go to the hospital where she's born and prove who she is?
Honestly? I'd ask my parents. Yes, even if they were over-protective.
And frankly, if she really is about to graduate and go to college, her parents
Lexie Layman
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a breath of fresh air after book after book after book of bad luck. I have to say it wasn't the best book I have read but had a good storyline, good relatable characters, and even a romantic interest. It had all the combinations to make an amazing story. Although, it was a good story, I would stray away from calling it an amazing story. However, it did restore my faith that there are decent books still out there. ...more
Andrew Mattson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story. It was fast paced, kept you guessing until the very end about Riley's parents and their past, who is after her, and what will happen next. I also loved how Riley, our protagonist, suffered from anxiety and how the author portrayed this very real mental illness in such a thoughtful way. If your looking for a short but suspenseful book, I would definitely recommend reading this! ...more
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Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enor ...more

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