Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Expected Publication: January 7th, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Fiction
Recommended to: fans of mystery YA fiction like Sadie
“Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”
Jane Anonymous is a story of a 17-year-old girl who got abducted and was held captive for seven months before finally escaping. The book is told in alternating timelines between THEN (during captivity) and NOW (after escape). It is a girl’s journey through healing and recovery.
I confess to putting off reading this book because I didn’t think I was ready to face something stressful. I’m not even sure why I requested this, knowing full well that it contained sensitive topics. But sometimes, I like to go out of my comfort zone so here I am.
Let me begin by saying that I did not enjoy this and at times, it made me uncomfortable. But books like this are not meant for enjoyment. They were meant to make you see things from a different perspective. They exist to help you understand what others have gone through, in hopes that you never experience them. But don’t get me wrong. This book wasn’t graphic and it glazed over some details. The parts detailing injuries were sometimes too much for my heart, but that’s just me.
This book was gripping and it definitely kept me on the edge. The transition between THEN and NOW was just enough to keep me guessing and wanting more. I also liked how even after everything, this book ended on a hopeful note. Because as much as I want books to be realistic, I also want to feel hope: that although things are never going to be the same, maybe someday, they will get better.
A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.