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Jane Anonymous

By: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
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Summary

Best-selling author Laurie Faria Stolarz’s thrilling novel Jane Anonymous is a revelatory confessional of a 17-year-old girl’s fight to escape a kidnapper - and her struggles to connect with loved ones and a life that no longer exists.

Seven months.

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?

©2020 Laurie Faria Stolarz (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"A brave and bold piece of fiction. Jane Anonymous is riveting. It will scare you, intrigue you, and keep you up reading way too late." (C. C. Hunter, New York Times best-selling author)

"Thrilling, captivating, and compulsively readable." (Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life)

"A timely, suspenseful tale of trauma and its aftereffects - of how you can never go home again and how the things you remember are just as important as the things you don’t. Readers will devour each page like a trail of breadcrumbs left by Stolarz all the way up until the book’s twisty end. There is nothing anonymous about Jane - she is all of us." (Tonya Hurley New York Times best-selling author of the Ghostgirl series and the Blessed Trilogy)

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hard story but good read

i enjoyed this book though i found the story hard 2 hear, i had to take a few breaks & come back to it but it is worth reading. brings back the phrase 2 me of 'he was incredably kind, but he abused me' for clearly. a very well written book.

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  • 06-05-20

Jane is an inspiration!

Wow, in no way shape or form did I think Jane would get kidnapped. Any girls worst fear, but she isn’t the only one. Jane walks you through her life that is read like a diary. Laurie Faria Stolarz takes you on a journey that will keep you guessing till the very end. I have read all of her books and by far this one is my favorite! I highly recommend this novel for any Middle Grade or Young Adult. I’ve listened to Stolarz’s books since high school and I still listen to them now years later. Jane is an inspiration that helped me look at the world through her eyes.

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  • 23-09-22

excellent insight into very difficult situation

tough topic, especially considering I am the mother of an only child, living in New England who is 16. a runner and had a boyfriend named Jack. if you read this book you will understand why there were so many moments I had anxiety reading this. However, it was a well written book, my heart aches for any person and that persons family who have ever experienced this anguish.

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  • 02-02-22

the trauma could be felt

I couldn't stop listening, amazing how our minds work when we are traumatized... and figuring out how to sort through it after is the hard part...