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 part of the country. It’s not like we were being beaten half to shit, and plenty of kids my brother’s age were cooking and cleaning for younger siblings.
I wasn’t dying. I wasn’t even starving, really. I was just terrified and bereft. No call to involve the authorities in that.
That was back when I still felt fear. When I still cried. When I still needed love and safety. I can almost remember what that felt like, but not really. It’s more like watching a movie of some pitiful little stranger.
I hate to remember that I used to need these people. They disgust me now, and that weak little girl disgusts me too.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 estranged family.
Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.
Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her – by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.
MY THOUGHTS: I am glad to see Jane back. I enjoyed this, my second encounter with her. You really don’t want to piss Jane off….just ask Rob.
There are no shades of grey in Jane’s life. She doesn’t care. If you get in her way she will deal to you in the most fitting way she can think of. Usually one that makes her look good. She has her own sense and form of justice. I like her. I like her reasoning.
I’m sure that she’s not meant to be funny, but at times she is. I laughed often during this read. Mostly at the justice she dealt out. And her one liners. And the lengths she will go to to get what she wants.
And now there’s a ‘mini-me’ in her life. I can’t wait to see where that scenario is going to take us. She has shocked Jane, and that is not easy to do. I think we have something special to look forward to.
THE AUTHOR: 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 fiction. Having escaped the plains of her youth, she now resides with her family in a small town high in the Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and not skiing (too dangerous).
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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