This was one of those books that wasn’t on my radar but it should have been. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard talk about it but maybe that’s because it was a damn tough story to get through. This was rough, raw, jagged, believable, powerful, impacting, heart breaking, hopeful, inspiring, and necessary.
This was the survival story of Jane Anonymous, a teenager who survived months after being kidnapped and tortured. If that alone isn’t enough to make you want to read this, then I don’t know what will convince you. What if I told you that you never find out the girl’s name because she chooses to only refer to herself as Jane? What if I told you that it is told in Past and Present timelines so you have the opportunity to see what lead to her abduction, then rescue, then attempt at recovery? How about if I tell you that this was one of the most believable stories – in general – that I have read in a very, very long time?
How about I give my opinion about Jane as a character… she was one of the strongest protagonists that I have read in a story. Sure, there are warriors, heroes, super heroes, and those with magic, but this girl had to rely on her patience, common sense, instincts, and guts to just survive day to day. She was by herself and she had to just survive. Could you even imagine?! I was on her side from the first page.
What’s that? YOU STILL NEED MORE? Well… alright. You’re a tough cookie… how about I tell you that there is a chance that everything Jane thought she knew about her abduction and abductor could be wrong?
I’m going to leave you with that nugget. Pick up this book and come back to talk to me about it. You can thank me later.