Publication Date: 22nd March from Headline
Source: Review Copy
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.
‘Reader, I murdered him.’
I LOVED this book. Loved the concept, loved the execution, the characters and every other little bit. A whole lot of fun and a real rip roaring read.
Jane Steele – what an incredible character. Unforgettable she stalks the streets of old London, Lyndsay Faye building a supreme sense of atmosphere and making you walk those paths too, alongside this enigmatic, ironically funny and intriguing creation, who surprises and delights at every turn of the page.
If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy this, it is like a love letter to that age of writing but given a modern and violent twist, Jane Steele takes no crap from anyone and is the very definition of girl power. With murder and mayhem perhaps but girl power none the less.
When you have a central character that is as gloriously imagined as Jane is, the actual plot narrative takes on a new spark. With lots of nods to the original “Jane” Lyndsay Faye takes us on an adventure that has mystery, some real edge of seat moments, romance and intrigue, some beautifully descriptive language kept me utterly enthralled throughout. I practically inhaled this novel in one sitting one afternoon and I was completely delighted.
One for everyone. Possibly the best fun you’ll have with a story this year.
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