Some truths you can never escape.
TLA 2021 TAYSHAS Nominee
YALSA 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
YALSA 2021 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee
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.
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. And when I finally escaped, I prayed I’d never see him again.
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. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened—and will it break me forever?
Read an excerpt of Jane Anonymous here.
Praise for Jane Anonymous:
"Stolarz ups the psychological ante...the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome disturbing...this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive...Powerfully graphic." - Kirkus, Starred Review
“A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.” - School Library Journal
“Nervy and suspenseful…with poignant authenticity. This engrossing confessional is both heartbreaking and hopeful." - Booklist
"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 those you don’t. Readers will devour each page like a trail of breadcrumbs, 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 bestselling author of the Ghostgirl series and The Blessed trilogy
“Equal parts terrifying and heartbreaking. I’m STILL thinking about it.”—Stacey Kade, author of Finding Felicity
“A brave and bold piece of fiction. Riveting. It will scare you, intrigue you, and keep you up reading way too late.”—C.C. Hunter, bestselling author
“A taut, potent page-turner, replete with shivers and plenty of twists. Ratchets up the tension and digs deep, offering the reader a nuanced reflection on identity, memory, and intimacy that grabs hold and doesn’t let go.”—Micol Ostow, bestselling author of Riverdale
"Jane Anonymous is a haunting, horrifying tale I won't soon forget. Jane grabbed me from the first page and still refuses to let go." —Cyn Balog, Author of Alone and That Night
“Thrilling, captivating, and compulsively readable.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life