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Problem Child

A Jane Doe Thriller
Written by: Victoria Helen Stone
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Jane Doe
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 16-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.

©2020 Victoria Helen Stone (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • shelley
  • 25-03-20

The return of my favorite sociopath!!!!

This is the second book featuring Jane Doe. The books aren’t grouped together with a link to the series but this is book two. To get a better understanding of this book I would suggest listening to these books in order. Book one (Jane Doe) really fleshes out the devious, manipulative personality of this character. This book picks up with Jane’s life following her escapades of the previous.
The beginning of this book gives a glimpse into Jane’s life as an attorney. She doesn’t play well with others. She gets a call that a niece she’s never met is missing. Jane couldn’t care less until she learns the girl possesses similar traits to herself.
The middle third of the story seems to go off in some strange direction. I not sure if this part added anything to the story or what the actual purpose was but ok, I just went with it. In this section Jane developed a weird obsession with wind turbines and power. Hmmmm... maybe I just missed something.
Anyway, the last third of the book is back up to standards. And the ending will blow you away.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is free to borrow with the kindle edition.
Nicol Zanzarella does a stellar job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • 31-03-20

Jane the likeable sociopath! Fun novel!

The first novel in the Jane Doe series was titled Jane Doe. PROBLEM CHILD is Book 2. The protagonist is a devious sociopath who is aware of and enjoys her mental illness. Book 1 was about Jane Doe getting retribution for the suicide of her only friend Meg. Jane, an attorney, now has a boyfriend named Luke. She rescues her 16 year old niece Kayla from a horrid situation in her Oklahoma home town and brings her back to Minneapolis to live with her and Luke. Kayla is also a sociopath who is possible more devious than Jane. I've looked forward to this novel since listening to Jane Doe and await the next novel in this very creative and fun series. Nicol Zanzarella does a wonderful job of narration.

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  • Meg
  • 25-03-20

Disappointed

After the first book I was expecting more. The first book kept me wishing for one ending and then found the different ending to be much better than the expected. This book only has an ending thought about in the last chapter then it is obvious and unwelcome. Stick with the first book. Nicol Zanzarella is an excellent narrator, I will look for her again.

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  • dtamayob
  • 30-03-20

Jane Doe is back!

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 inspired by a sociopath? Who can say, really? But to the badass lurking inside us all, yearning to speak up, I'm sure Jane would wink and say, "Don't hold back. You deserve this."

And she'd be right.

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  • Adrianne J. Woodward
  • 26-03-20

Not very engaging.

I really enjoyed Jane Doe, and was looking forward to more of the same. This book was not nearly and fun and clever, and I thought Jane did more speech-making than anything else. Kind of a letdown, I must say.

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  • Sweet
  • 23-05-20

LOVED IT AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE

Great character. I want more. Buy it you'll love it. Overall a great listening experience.

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  • Melisanthy
  • 19-05-20

Sequel please!!

Absolutely loved this book! Found it very original subject matter,Well written,And funny LOL. Might I be a sociopath too?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-20

Ehhh

Performance was pretty on point. Story was a little pointless. I LOVED Jane Doe. This one fell flat for a thriller because it definitely wasn’t thrilling

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-20

WOW

I hope there is another book SOON!!! It was excellent. I loved it. I love Jane. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series (if there is one). I love the narrator, she sounds just like Jane should sound.

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  • Beccabug
  • 04-05-20

five stars

a slightly graphic internal monologue of a mind very different then your own. it's so good I didn't want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-20

Not As Good As "Jane Doe" - But Still Excellent

I worship the ground Victoria Helen Stone stands on and had pre-ordered this sequel to "Jane Doe" five months before release. Jane is one of my favorite book characters: independent, smart and provocative with confidence through the roof. She is shamelessly herself. She also happens to be a sociopath.

Don't get me wrong, this book is excellent, sassy as ever and full of sexual tension. But after the first part, my expectations were very high and, frankly, different. "Jane Doe" is a cold bitch revenge thriller; "Problem Child" is a mystery with a smidgen of revenge and too little action. The thing is, I didn't want Jane to become a detective, and although she is still a cold bitch, she develops a (faint) family instinct and I just didn't want to see that.

Still, I'm begging for a part 3.

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  • Strawberryskullcrusher
  • 21-04-20

Jane Doooo!

I found this installment a faster read/ listen/ progression than the first. Extremely enjoyable. Loved her travels back home and more back story into Jane's past. Can't wait till the next book. Highly recommended. We could all learn a little from Jane in my opinion.

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  • A. Jenkins
  • 14-04-20

Interesting

I really enjoyed listening, the pace was slow but intense, the descriptions vivid making the story come alive.