Book Review | Problem Child

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

Publication Date: March 24th 2020

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She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series – and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her – by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.

This is the second book by Victoria Helen Stone i’ve read. I was so glad to be back in Jane’s calculated mind. I truly missed her and her mischievous ways. This book, however, felt much different than Jane Doe. This book felt much slower, it felt like it was repeating itself and there wasn’t as much action and suspense as I thought there was going to be. That’s one of the things that made me love the first book. The on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, not sure what’s going to happen next, page turner. And this didn’t do that for me. Don’t get me wrong this was a great story. We learned much more about Jane’s family and I was excited to learn more about her niece Kayla and how they would interact with one another. I found Kayla to be really interesting and she’s someone you do not want to mess with. I am excited to see if we will see more of her in a future book. Overall, this book was good and I did enjoy it. I just went in with other expectations and they were not quite met.


I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that she’s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After; Half Past; Jane Doe; and her latest Amazon Charts bestseller, False Step.

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