Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Genre: Psychological thriller
Number of Pages: 267 pages
Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.
But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.
Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.
Just as he did to her.
Psychological thriller is a genre that has gained immense popularity in the recent times. Even then, I am new to this genre and am glad I picked this one to start it with.
The story plays out slow and paced out, each action and emotion (or lack of so) explained. Jane is a sociopath and she knows it, and thus has adapted herself to act normal. I loved seeing everything through her eyes.. how she does not understand emotions and why people would enjoy having feelings if they only hurt at the end. But then there are times she feels and is thoroughly confused by it. Inspite of everything, she is driven by her rage against this one person.. the mechanics of her mind.. to devise his downfall.. is fascinating. The thrill she finds in being a part of his life and playing along while scheming the end instead of striking it from the sidelines is totally sinister but perfect for the character. The thirst to see him while his life diminishes to nothingness and to realize why she did so is downright fitting to her character!
The story kept me hooked as there was always something that Jane was plotting and going ahead with.. while looking for a way that associates her lesser and lesser so that she can leave after the perfect crime and continue with her life..
A perfect weekend read for me.. The writing is great.. flow good and ends with a sense of hope and fulfillment despite the glum topic.
~~I was sent a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. All views expressed here are completely my own~~
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