Review: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

Sunday, March 9, 2014

See Jane Run
Title: See Jane Run
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: January 7, 2014

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.

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Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Sabrina of Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel. I apologize for any spoilers that might come up. 

I've heard nothing but great things about Hannah Jayne's previous YA mystery thriller, TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY. So when I the opportunity to read and review her newest thriller SEE JANE RUN came up, I immediately grabbed the chance. Sadly, I ended up disappointed.

In its defense, SEE JANE RUN was highly addicting. I couldn't stop reading because being a mystery lover, I am completely invested in discovering the truth about Riley's identity and who Jane O'Leary is exactly. However, it lost me in how unbelievable the characters were acting. At the start, Riley finds a birth certificate with Jane's name on it on her baby book. What's the logical thing to think or ask or do? That maybe she's adopted? That maybe she should ask her parents what it means? But no. Her best friend jokingly tells her that maybe she was kidnapped and she actually believes it! Not only that, she even goes on an adventure and becomes rule-breaking Riley to get to the bottom of the mystery when she can just ask her parents about it. Sure, her parents are strict and all that but it just wasn't believable, what Riley's plan of action was. Would you go to another city and dig around with just a hunch? I just couldn't get past that.

Then we have a oh-good-you-are-there-to-save-her-how-ubiquitous-and-convenient-you-are known juvenile delinquent JD. JD and Riley spent a week in detention (Riley overslept and got late to class) and kind of bonded. JD went with her in her adventure and he also became Riley's confidant. JD doesn't quite believe Riley's hunches but he still helps her. I do admit that JD was cute and certain qualities of his are my type. (Being a big eater, I appreciate guys who appreciate girls who CAN and are not afraid to eat.) But he appeared more of a stock character to me, one that was needed for the romance department and for Riley to have a sidekick/messiah.

Lastly, I was also a bit disappointed with where the story went. SEE JANE RUN got me guessing and going crazy about what is really happening and who's good and who's bad but when the truth was revealed, it just wasn't up to my taste. I would have appreciated a crazier or more intense truth I guess. The plot arc choice made it seem uninspired in my opinion. Now, I don't put that against Hannah Jayne and in fact I'm still excited to read her other YA mystery thriller but SEE JANE RUN wasn't for me.

About Hannah Jayne

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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