Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz's thrilling novel Jane Anonymous is a revelatory confessional of a seventeen-year-old girl's fight to escape a kidnapper—and her struggles to connect with loved ones and a life that no longer exists.
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?
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"Nothing is more chilling than our worst fears becoming a reality, but surviving the aftermath is the other half of an often untold battle. Emily Bauer's narration transports listeners inside the mind of a teenage girl who is going by the alias "Jane" as she recounts how she was kidnapped by a stranger at work and how she survived her capture, which lasted several months. After her rescue, Jane writes about her experience as a form of therapy as she begins to withdraw from past relationships with friends and family. Bauer skillfully establishes an emotional connection between Jane and listeners as she describes her trials of mental endurance, but the real gem of this performance is Jane's struggle as she tries to re-enter society. G.M. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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