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Problem Child

(Jane Doe #2)

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Shes 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
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Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Dita
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

Jane is back, Jane is BACK!

The first 25% and the last 25% were the best bits and the rest could have been cut way down but it was still loaded with "Janeisms" and her hilarious observations. Like fries that aren't quite crispy, even those parts were still better than most stuff.

I appreciate her observations and the lens through which she, as a sociopath, views the world. There is just enough Jane in all of us to both recognize ourselves and be horrified by her. It's
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Miranda Reads
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker
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Whelp. I can't stop thinking about tierlists...so here's another video ranking all my January Books. Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest!

The Written Review:

4.25 stars

Another fabulous buddy-read with Tucker the Reader - thanks for suggesting it!
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"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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, as like Sir Elton Johns song name: THE BITCH IS BACK! But best theme song for definitely coming from Talking Heads and lets 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 one
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Jayme
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
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Brenda -Traveling Sister
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
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jane, our favorite sociopath from Jane Doe, has company!

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Baby shark, doo doo ...
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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?

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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
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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
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Tucker
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: Miranda Reads

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 cant 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 Ive ever read. As Ive said in other reviews, almost anyone can write a barebones thriller but it takes someone with real
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Bridgett
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
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Dennis
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 herincluding 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
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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
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Carolyn
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 ...more
Jayme
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 trys 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 is
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Dita
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane is back, Jane is BACK!

The first 25% and the last 25% were the best bits and the rest could have been cut way down but it was still loaded with "Janeisms" and her hilarious observations. Like fries that aren't quite crispy, even those parts were still better than most stuff.

The ending of this book sets the stage for the third installment and I'll be first in line!

Thank you to Victoria Helen Stone, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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
Heidi
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
Melike
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 Janes 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
Darinda
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
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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
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Alex ♈
I absolutely loved the 1st book - it's EPIC!
Fingers crossed this one will be even more freaking amazing 😎
Aga Durka
Let me start with saying that I love Janes 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 Janes thoughts (often repetitive), her childhood memories, and her obsession with food. Yes, food! For being a ...more
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
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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
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Lois
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked this.
Jane is hilarious and I enjoyed the direction this took.
I look forward to further books in this series.
The Cats’ Mother
This is the sequel to the best-selling Jane Doe, and you really do need to have read this one to get Jane and her deliciously twisted humour. Unfortunately for me this didnt have the same tension as the original and I found parts of it almost dull, but Jane is still a great character so its still definitely worth reading.

A year after the last book ended, Jane is happily settled into her comfortable life in Minneapolis, with a new job in a prestigious law firm, a stylish condo that she shares
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Mara
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
Jane Doe is back and she is as snarky & stabby (snabby?starky?) as ever! Jane is one of my all time favorite characters, and she does not disappoint in this book (the opening scene was *chef's kiss*). She is still deeply in tune with the way society is tilted against those not in power (women, poor people, etc.) and is still exploiting those insights to work situations precisely in her favor. VH Stone does a masterful job of making Jane incredibly competent, but throwing the right curve ...more
Louise Wilson
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. But Meg committed suicide after he broke off their relationship. Jane is out to get revenge for her friend. To do this she needs to learn his weaknesses.

The story is told from Jane's perspective. She's not a likeable character. This is a story about revenge and Jane is a sociopath who is out tot get it. Jane is also manipulative and
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Angie
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jane Doe, the unforgettable sociopath, is back to her old tricks...

PLOT SUMMARY:
Jane is doing just fine in her life...enjoying her job, her boyfriend, her cat, and her schemes. So when she gets a call from a family member warning her that her niece Kayla is missing, Jane hesitates to step in. Helping isnt really her style. But the more she learns about Kayla, the more curious she is about her, and she soon finds herself investigating this disappearance. What will she find back home in
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Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Victoria Helen Stone knocks it out of the park again with Problem Child (Jane Doe 2)!!!
I loved reading "Jane Doe" last year, the female sociopath, who decides to go on a vendetta mission to avenge the death of her best friend, by bringing down the guy who drove her friend to kill herself in the most subtle way possible. This author has an uncanny ability to really get inside of her characters heads shines a light on the differences between people.
In this book, Jane is at the top of her game,
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Im not wired to feel regret. Im not capable of sympathy. I couldnt pity you if I wanted to, butlucky meI just dont want to.

Read this...just read it. Another wonderfully woven unique compelling story from Victoria Helen Stone. It will have you hooked from the beginning. I love the creativity of her writing. You never know where you will be taken along on this seriously twisted ride. Fabulous, this story does not disappoint. And that ending! Simply WOW! I do hope there is a third book. That is
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Victoria Helen Stone is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of critically acclaimed romance novels and thrilling suspense reads like Evelyn, After; Half Past; and False Step. Her Jane Doe series has been optioned by Sony Television.

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