Jane Steele

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a wickedly thrilling read!  In the first chapter when Jane, the narrator says, “Reader, I murdered him” I was hooked.  Set in 19th century England, Jane lives at Highgate House with her mother and unfeeling aunt.  Her mother dies and Jane is sent to a dreadful boarding school for girls that’s run by a sadistic and cruel headmaster.  Jane escapes and flees to London, living by her wits for a few years.  (She has something in common with other literary characters who do bad things to bad people.).  She spies an ad in a newspaper for a governess at Highgate House and applies for the job, all the while determined to learn if she is the rightful heir, as she’d been told as a child.  I don’t want to give too much away, but just say that the book is a mystery, an adventure, a romance and an historical novel.  Marvelously well-written, fascinating characters, carefully plotted : there is much to love about this book!  Also, it’s a bit of an homage to Jane Eyre, a favorite book of Jane Steele’s (think Mr. Thornfield instead of Mr. Rochester).    One review said:  ‘Jane Eyre gets a dose of Dexter’, and Sue Grafton gave it an ‘A-plus’! Highly recommended by Rochelle McKown.

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ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

The reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer that The New York Times Book Review calls “wonderfully entertaining” and USA Today describes as “sheer mayhem meets Victorian propriety”—nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

“Reader, I murdered him.”