Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.
A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?
“Reader, I murdered him.” With this line the book begins and it is a rollicking ride to the finish. Jane Steele is not a retelling of Jane Eyre but rather runs parallel with it. Jane Steele is a lover of Jane Eyre and finds herself in similar situations as her favorite protagonist. There are a lot of similarities between both books but only on the outer shell, Jane Steele is a dark Gothic tale of a serial killer who is out to right the wrongs of those who can not fight for themselves. Jane Steele is perfectly matched to the time period, through the details and words it reads as a novel of the 19th century and puts you under a spell that won’t let go long after the novel ends. The cover caught my eye and I knew I had to read it just to see how it compared to Jane Eyre. I was delighted to discover it wasn’t a modern retelling but something bigger and darker.
This is a novel that will be talked about long after a reader finishes it and I foresee this being a top book of 2016. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a remarkable book and it is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or even your local library.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinion are of my own free will.