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Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

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Title: Problem Child (Jane Doe #2)

Author: Victoria Helen Stone

Published on: 24th March 2020

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Jane is back! This time, it’s not just revenge, Jane is going to set aside some time for the Fam! Say what???? Jane, our Jane, who was abused as a child by her parents sets aside some time for her family? What is the world coming to? Uff! Okay, enough drama, let’s move on to the review.

Jane’s colleague Robert aka Rob is cunning to the I! He wants to take credit for the work Jane’s done. (I know right, had a colleague who was just like Rob. Such a pain in the backside these peeps, I tell ya!)

Jane receives a phone call from one of her brother’s ex-girlfriends. Her brother has sown many wild oats and one of them is called Kayla. And she’s gone missing. Jane, our sociopath isn’t usually bothered by such things – her brother abused her too so why bother if his daughter goes missing, eh? But something catches Jane’s attention. Kayla’s deep, lifeless eyes remind Jane of herself. Ooh my, Jane Junior. 😀

So Jane sets off to Oklahoma, in search of her missing niece. Jane knows what her niece is capable of. Jane is told that Kayla uses drugs and is a prostitute. But there’s more to it. Someone wants Kayla dead! Why??

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Ever since I read the first book in this series – Jane Doe – I was eager to read Problem Child. I kept my expectations high and was a tad disappointed by the things proceed in this book. Nevertheless, the excitement, the tension and Jane being a total crackpot(sarcasm!) kept me hooked on to the story.

My favourite part of the story is when Jane gets to see the Wind Turbines. She seems so mesmerized by these gigantic robots that she must visit them – by hook or by crook. In fact, she almost goes crazy when she’s taken into one of them. It felt nice to see a new side of our sociopathic Jane – she was acting like a child who’s in Disneyland for the first time. Ooh, wowee!!!

The story starts well, loses pace halfway through and the ending – gosh! The ending is mind-blowing. Especially when Kayla reveals a secret. Poor Janey thought she could help Kayla. Tut tut! Oh yes, there’s trouble in paradise for Jane and Luke. They have been together for a year now. Jane feels comfy around Luke and the chap understands her. But Luke wants something from her – this ‘something’ almost breaks their relationship. Can a sociopath fall in love? Jane is about to find out for herself. 😀

Jane’s “whining” about her abused childhood was getting a bit too much. But this has got to do with the fact that she’s already spoken about it in Jane Doe – book#1. So why repeat, Jane? Kinda bored of the same stuff – sad childhood and all that, I hear ya, Sistah! But seriously, move on! Anyways, she does move on in the end so that was something surprising. Surprising coz our darling Jane does something unexpected.

I enjoyed reading Problem Child. Victoria Helen’s storytelling is marvelous. The story leaves the readers in a trance-like situation. Jane’s well portrayed. A sociopath yes, but her sarcasm and witty sayings surely make you laugh. If you are new to this series, I recommend you to read Jane Doe first so that you have an idea as to what to expect from this series. 🙂


There’s a  giveaway for this blog tour. If you want to win a print copy (US only) of Problem Child, giveaway details are here.

Many thanks to Lori Caswell for the blog tour invite.

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  1. Thank you for your review on “Problem Child” by Victoria Helen Stone and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a wonderful book and one I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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