Release Date: January 7, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA - Contemporary Suspense
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I know who you are.
When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.
Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.
The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.
After I read Hannah Jayne's debut YA thriller Truly, Madly, Deadly last year I became an instant fan. HJayne's writing voice blew me away and I loved how simple and focused the plot of her debut is and SEE JANE RUN isn't any different.
SEE JANE RUN's plot is about false identities and a hidden past that should've been left alone. The proverbial can of worms was pried open when Riley Spencer found a birth certificate tucked in her baby album. After much teasing from her best friend, Riley started digging in the mysterious case of Jane Elizabeth O'Leary. Soon after Riley is running for her life after an attempted murder which led to kidnapping that all points to her parent's history involving human trafficking.
SEE JANE RUN's focal point is Riley and how she dealt with this life secret that totally turned her life upside down. Even if there are some procedural and criminal elements involved in the story, the details on that were left implied so don't expect a CSI/SVU like novel. SEE JANE RUN is more on the "victim's" Riley's psyche during this time, suspecting everyone is out to get her, running away, doubting her parents and thinking they're the enemy that sent her on a tailspin. Plus it doesn't help that she has a crazy obsessed stalker terrorizing her at every turn, following her around, chasing her down the street and leaving notes here and there to taunt her.
The climax was exciting and terrifying. Being held captive by a madman isn't good and as the novel is told in Riley's POV, we know every panicked thought and fear that crossed her mind. It was so easy for me to put myself in her shoes and I had sweaty palms during the resolution. Riley is a great narrator and a strong and convincing heroine, I only wish the supporting characters were just as strong.
To conclude, SEE JANE RUN is a quick read and another good YA suspense from HJayne. I loved how the execution of the plot was kept succinct despite its complex root. Riley Spencer will make you empathize with her and though the villain isn't as crafty as the one in Truly, Madly, Deadly, he's just as crazy and just as dangerous.
That being said, I kept a lot of secrets as a teenager. Some were benign: my actual weight, the fact that Sara really did get perms to get her “signature” curls, the knowledge that Kevin and JC made out in the closet at that one party in October. And some that weren’t the kind of secrets I should have kept—like that that Pam kept vodka in the water bottle she sipped from at school, that Jess’s boyfriend thought she was eighteen (because he was twenty-nine), that my boyfriend was so jealous he called me every hour and freaked if I didn’t immediately answer.
The small secrets—weights, perms, crushes, whose kissing who—were silly and fun and a part of high school and being a teenager. Those are the cool spy secrets, the ones you tell late at night and pinkie swear never to repeat—“Omigod! They made out in the car in front of my house?! Those are the ones you’ll remember for twenty years and taunt your old high school friends with later—“Hey, remember when you swore that you and BJ were going to get married?!”
The other ones—the secrets that make you feel weird or anxious or scared—you’ll remember for twenty years, too but not for the same reasons. Those are the ones you’ll keep remembering and keep thinking, “I should have told someone,” or “I could have done something.” Those are the ones that if you did tell, or at least refuse to keep, can take you from super spy to super hero even if it means betraying a trust. Sometimes a secret isn’t meant to be kept. Sometimes that plaintive whisper in your ear could be someone screaming for help. Except for the one about my actual weight. That one I’m taking to the grave.
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.
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