Title: Jane Anonymous
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz’s thrilling novel Jane Anonymous is a revelatory confessional of a seventeen-year-old girl’s fight to escape a kidnapper―and her struggles to connect with loved ones and a life that no longer exists.
That’s how long I was kept captive.
Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. My only solace was Mason―one of the other kidnapped teens―and our pact to one day escape together. But when that day finally came, I had to leave him behind.
Now that I’m home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don’t understand that dining out and shopping trips can’t heal what’s broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy―but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should’ve stayed buried.
When I ask the detectives assigned to my case about Mason, I get an answer I don’t believe―that there were no traces of any other kidnapped kids. But I distinctly remember the screams, holding hands with Mason through a hole in my wall, and sharing a chocolate bar. I don’t believe he wasn’t really there and I’m determined to find him. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened―and will it break me forever?
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz is probably best described as a thrilling young adult contemporary. The book tells the story of Jane Anonymous who had been kidnapped and held prisoner for seven months by alternating between Jane in the present time after her escape and going back to the past while she was captive.
In the present Jane has gone through many types of therapy and people helping her deal with what happened but now feels the best way to deal with it would be to write her own story. When flashing back Jane tells of how she left to pick up a present for a friend and came across a man who overtook her and locked her in his trunk before locking her up.
This story was extremely captivating and suspenseful despite knowing from the beginning that Jane had survived the kidnapping. Going back and forth between the then and now you could just feel the emotions coming off of Jane as you read her story. I will say though I thought the twist to the tale was a little easy to see ahead of time leading to dropping my rating to 4 1/2 stars but otherwise a great read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Laurie Faria Stolarz is the bestselling author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, and Bleed, (all published by Disney/Hyperion Books for Children), as well as the Blue is for Nightmares series (Flux Publications). With well over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been translated into numerous languages, been included on several award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, both through the American Library Association, and have been optioned for TV. Her newest title, Shutter, was released in October, 2016 (Disney/Hyperion Books). For more information, please visit her Web site at http://www.lauriestolarz.com.