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Problem Child

(Jane Doe #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,259 ratings  ·  490 reviews
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 es
Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Miranda Reads
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

Annnd here's my Spring and Summer Book Recommendations.
The Written Review :

4.25 stars

Another fabulous buddy-read with Tucker the Reader - thanks for suggesting it!

"I'll call a spade a spade and a bitch a bitch. You are a goddamn devil child and you always were."
Jane Doe is...different.

Has been ever since she was a child and she's learned to accept her differences - even use them to her advantages.

She's already ruined the life of the man who drove her best friend to suicide,
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, as like Sir Elton John’s song name: THE BITCH IS BACK! But best theme song for definitely coming from Talking Heads and let’s sing the chorus together for Jane Doe: “Psycho Killer! Qu'est-ce que c'est ! Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better! Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away!”

This time my mash up psychopathic, sociopathic, this woman is not a regular badass chick, she is completely out of control stars swinging between 3 to 4! (I feel like I put a glass on my quija board-yes I got new
Five stars for my favorite little Sociopath 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Oh Jane! I just love you❤️
Just when I think you couldn’t possibly shock me more, you’ve got me reeling once again.

Jane knows she’s different than everyone else. She also knows she’s a sociopath and owns it. Fortunately, she’s able to control herself (for the most part) to effectively make her way through society without attracting too much attention. Even her boyfriend thinks she’s just “different”.

Jane receives a call that one of her nieces is m
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
When I got approval to read this book early, I COULD NOT WAIT to read it!

That lasted till around the 25% point.

Then, I COULD NOT WAIT for it to end!

Jane is back, but this time, she is more CRASS than she is SNARKY!

She is playing amateur detective, as she tries to find her 16 year old niece, Kayla, who has gone missing. This storyline is not as interesting as the story of REVENGE, which introduced us to Jane, in book #1, Jane Doe, one of my most frequently recommended books from 2018!

There i
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

Jane is back and she is colder and scary calculating than ever before. At times I was cheering her on and other times I was cringing with the length she went with her deception.

I started off fascinated and couldn't wait to find out more about Jane's niece and I was turning those pages as fast as I could till the very last page. I loved that last paragraph and what a way to end the book. However, I felt a bit let down as I think I missed the plot of the story here and didn't get much mo
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: My very first memory is being alone and scared at night when I was three or four. Lightning and thunder and wind knocking trash against the thin walls of our house. My brother was nine and already a bully. He told me our parents were never coming home and he was going to sell me to a man he met that day for fifty dollars. 'I got him up from twenty,' he sneered.

Nobody cared about us. We were the white trash of the neighbourhood, and family matters weren't anyone else's business in this
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Go, girl, get'em! The not-so plain Jane's on the stalk again!

I'm really sorry to say that the business part was mangled beyond reasonable. Legal firm wouldn't be likely to be predicting cost savings on chicken, raw or proccessed ... Consulting or due diligence or market research or even tax (if and only if they were doing tax analysis!) would be much more likely to be doing that. Other than that the office back-stabbing part was fun, if unrealistic.

Are the so-called sociopaths becoming our conte
Susanne  Strong
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botm, netgalley
Oh Jane, How do I love thee? Quite a lot!

You do beat all Girl!

Are you truly evil? I think not, actually. I kind of think you have misjudged yourself and I do believe there’s a heart in there.. Somewhere.

You make me laugh hysterically and smile oh so wickedly.

Your antics - they are freaking brilliant! While I have never ever had any cause to take the sort of action you do (and am not a sociopath) and would never ever in a million years do anything of the sort, I applaud you and yes, I have act
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jane, our favorite sociopath from Jane Doe, has company!

Baby shark, doo doo ...
Mama shark, doo doo ...

When Jane finds out that her sixteen-year-old niece Kayla has disappeared, at first Jane's all, why should I care?


But then Jane hears that Kayla is a coldhearted, distant person - just like Jane herself - and sees a picture of Kayla with the empty look of a sociopath in her eyes. And suddenly Jane is interested.

So Jane takes time away from her boyfriend Luke (who's stressing Jane out with his t
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

Like many of the other reviewers, this sociopathic Jane story didn't quite hold my attention like the first sociopathic Jane story. I loved the first one, and only liked this one.

The first 25% of Problem Child was the best. Jane's interactions with her co-worker, Rob, reminded me so much of the first book, I was grinning like an idiot. After that, while we received tons of interesting information about Jane's formative years, it felt a little dry. Our wonderful, diabolical Jane seemed
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Lake Union for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
“Kayla nods and smiles back, a dollop of whipped cream adorably perched on the end of her little nose. But her eyes stay cold and careful, waiting. Good girl.”

I can’t tell you guys how excited I was to be back in the world of Jane Doe. This entire series is a set of the most creative thrillers I’ve ever read. As I’ve said in other reviews, almost anyone can write a barebones thriller but it takes someone
So good to be back with Jane Doe, everyone's favourite sociopath! She's settled down in Minneapolis, has a good job as a lawyer, a cat and a steady boyfriend who sort of gets her. She's working out ways to get back at a lazy colleague who takes credit for her work but apart from that she's bored. When she gets word from her home town in Oklahoma that her sixteen year niece Kayla is missing, she really couldn't care less until she hears that her niece is somewhat like her - cold, smart and calcul ...more
Sheyla ✎
3.5 Fangs

Jane Doe was such an amazing thriller! I loved reading about Jane's journey and I was so happy it had a sequel in Problem Child.

Jane is working in the city. She has her loving cat and she's still in a relationship with Luke (who's oblivious). At work, she's planning to punish another lawyer who has been using her work without giving her the proper accolades. Then, she gets a phone call. Her niece is missing. At first, Jane couldn't care less. She doesn't want anything to do with her
When I got approval to read this book early, I COULD NOT WAIT to read it!

That lasted till around the 25% point.

Then, I COULD NOT WAIT for it to end!

Jane is back, but this time, she is more CRASS than she is SNARKY!

She is playing amateur detective, as she try’s to find her 16 year old niece, Kayla, who has gone missing. This storyline is not as interesting as the story of REVENGE, which introduced us to Jane, in book #1, Jane Doe, one of my most frequently recommended books from 2018!

There i
I became a psychotic delusional fan of Victoria Helen Stone after she released the the impeccable mystery/thriller, Jane Doe in the summer of 2018. Since then, I've picked up any book I can find by her—including her last book, romantic suspense novel, False Step. Every single thing that I've picked up from this author has been a complete treasure for me. Stone's writing is marvelous and her cunning portrayal of the character of Jane in her Jane Doe series is perfection.

Problem Child is the
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I'm glad to report that the second Jane Doe book didn't disappoint, Jane is just as sociopathic and out of control as before!

Jane must be one of my all time favourite fictional characters. The way she handles chauvinistic and sexist men is brutal but very satisfying to read about - I loved the first part of the book where Jane takes on her colleague Rob who's been taking credit for her work. In the rest of the book, slightly less entertaining but still very enjoyable, Jane is trying to track dow
Our favorite sociopath is back! This time we find Jane working for a top law firm in Minneapolis, an associate to another lawyer who is taking credit for all of her work. It doesn’t take long for Jane to plot how to correct the situation (you immediately begin to fear what’s to come for him) but in the midst of that, she receives a call that her 16-year old niece Kayla is missing. It’s her incarcerated brother’s oldest child and Jane can’t even remember if she’s ever met her. Just as she’s about ...more
Jane is back! She has a new job and a serious relationship. She's trying to live a more normal life, but she's still cold and calculating. When Jane discovers her niece is missing, she doesn't care. Then she learns her niece may be like her... a sociopath. This intrigues Jane, so she goes in search of her.

This is the second book in the Jane Doe series. I recommend starting with the first book, Jane Doe, before reading this one. The first book is better, plus it introduces Jane and more of her st
Frank Phillips
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute 5 Star entertainment here!! I picked this up on audiobook just to see if it would be any different of an experience than actually reading, like I did the first book, and I might go so far as to say this format was even more enjoyable! There was not a dull moment throughout this fast paced joyride of a tale. I was captivated immediately from the beginning, and felt really connected to this book as it takes place in the suburbs of Oklahoma City and Tulsa where I grew up! In this novel we ...more
Donna Backshall
Oh Ms. Doe, you deliciously snarky, selfish and unapologetic wonder. I'm so glad you're back. I'm giving you and Problem Child all the stars. ★★★★★

Not that you'd care, but I've missed you. I've missed how you come at everything with strength, confidence and an abundance of IDGAF. It's so empowering to watch you, a woman, take the world by the balls and make it yours. And now you might have a devilish little Mini Jane? The world can barely contain you. How will it handle two?

Is it wrong to be in
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Our favorite sociopath, Jane, is back in Problem Child, Victoria Helen Stone’s second installment of the Jane Doe series! After reading the first book, Jane Doe, last year, I fell in love with Jane and her twisted mind. I couldn’t help but root for her, even though she is NOT a traditional heroine, and this book was no different. I’m always pulling for her to win!

Problem Child was even darker than Jane Doe, and did contain sex between adults and teenagers, so just a heads up for those of you who
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jane Doe
I read Jane Doe last year and loved it, so even though I saw the sequel wasn’t as highly reviewed, I still had to give it a try. I set my expectations low but I actually enjoyed this book a lot. It wasn’t quite as exciting and unputdownable as Jane Doe, but I had a fun time reading it and spending more time with one of my favorite protagonists.

Once again, Jane was the highlight of the story. She’s still witty and jaded, calculating and clever, and surprisingly relatable. Problem Child takes her
When I first stumbled across the sociopath character of Jane in JANE DOE I thought I had hit the book jackpot – not only was she an interesting person who stood out from all the other protagonists in the huge sea of thriller out there, but she was also kick-ass, funny and ruthless. I was totally in awe of her determination to right a wrong done to her friend, going to extreme lengths to get revenge. Sociopath or not, I thought she also had a soft and fuzzy side, which she hid under the somewhat ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, suspense, mystery
3.5 stars: I listened to the audio version of “Problem Child” by Victoria Helen Stone, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella. It’s part of a series, and this is the first one I listened to. It can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Jane is our narrator and she makes being a sociopath fascinating and even enviable(who wouldn’t want to never worry or feel guilt?). Yes, she does seek revenge, but in a “do-goodery” way. I think we have all had that boss who takes credit for our ideas, who takes your work and uses it
“Is it possible? A little Baby Jane out in the world?”
Oh boy. Although much of this sequel feels like filler, and we only get a small percentage of time with the actual ‘problem child’, I have to admit it set up future installments nicely and I very much look forward to watching this aunt/niece hell-raising duo take on the world.

My favorite quote:
“So-called normal humans have spent millennia trying to explain themselves into innocence with stupid tales of magic and Satan and bad thi
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Doe is back and she is meaner and fiercer than before. In book 2 of the series, we meet Jane’s niece Kayla. Jane hears that 16-year-old Kayla, who she is told is very much like her, is missing, possibly in a sex trafficking scheme. The news comes at what seems to be the perfect time for Jane. Her long-time boyfriend Luke wants to move to a bigger place TOGETHER with Jane and well, that kind of commitment is pretty scary for her. So off she goes to Oklahoma, where she is from, to investigate ...more
Louise Wilson
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Jane Doe Thriller #2

Jane is a self diagnosed sociopath who lives a double life. Her best friend, Meg had been dating the devilishly handsome and abusive Steven. Ut Meg committed suicide after he broke off their relationship. Jane is out to get revenge for her friend. To do this she has to learn his weaknesses.

The story is told from Jane's perspective. She's not a likable character. This is a story a out revenge and Jane is a sociopath who is out to get it. Jane is also manipulative and calcula
Aga Durka
Let me start with saying that I love Jane’s character and her hilarious antics. I enjoy reading her unique thought process and as much as her actions are less than admirable at times, I found her brutally honest and very likable. However, as much as I love Jane, I was a little bored while reading Problem Child. There was almost no action, and I was basically presented with 300 pages of Jane’s thoughts (often repetitive), her childhood memories, and her obsession with food. Yes, food! For being a ...more
Alex ♈
I absolutely loved the 1st book - it's EPIC!
Fingers crossed this one will be even more freaking amazing 😎
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I was absolutely OBSESSED after reading Jane Doe last year. We have a main character who knows she's a sociopath and get to see how she navigates life using her inability to empathize or feel like a "normal" person to make her life work to her best advantage. Her inner monologue was a pleasure to read and I absolutely LOVED all the snarky. Jane is someone I would love to be friends with, as much as she can be friends with someone.

Here comes Problem Child - the second in a series. The thing abou
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Victoria Helen Stone is the nom de plume for USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl. After publishing more than twenty-five novels, she has taken a turn toward the darker side of genre fiction. Born and educated in the Midwest, she finished her first manuscript just after college. In 2016, the American Library Association awarded her the prestigious Reading List Award for outstanding genre fic ...more

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