Jane Anonymous

A Novel
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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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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