Jane Steele

Jane Steele

A Confession

Book - 2016
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Nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel

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."

"A thrill ride of a novel. A must read for lovers of Jane Eyre , dark humor, and mystery."
-- PopSugar.com

"Reader, I murdered him."

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents--the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair's violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: Can she possess him--body, soul, and secrets--without revealing her own murderous past?

A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies, by a writer who Matthew Pearl calls "superstar-caliber" and whose previous works Gillian Flynn declared "spectacular," Jane Steele is a brilliant and deeply absorbing book inspired by Charlotte Bront#65533;'s classic Jane Eyre .
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399169496
Branch Call Number: FIC FAYE L

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marthabwaters
Mar 23, 2017

There are few things I love more than 19th century British lit, but when this book came out, I must confess to thinking, "Do we really need another Jane Eyre retelling? Along with all the Austen ones? Are we hitting up the Brontes now, too? Really?" But here's the part where I have to eat my words, because THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. It's a retelling of Jane Eyre, yes, but it makes Jane a serial killer rather than a simple governess (the opening pages of the book involve the sentence, "Reader, I murdered him" -- cue heart-eyes emojis here, please) and Faye adds the interesting twist that her titular character has actually read Jane Eyre itself, adding a weird level of meta to the whole endeavor. And this is just so, so good -- the writing is pitch-perfect, Jane is a great heroine, Mr. Thornfield (the Mr. Rochester stand-in, who has been given the name of Mr. Rochester's manor house in the original book, one of many nice nods to the source material) is dreamy and just generally way less of a creep than Mr. Rochester is in the original (no mad wives in the attic!), and the whole thing is clever and well-researched and just a total delight from start to finish. If you love Merry Olde England, you will love this book.

PinesandPrejudice Feb 04, 2017

I just didn't get this novel. I am not a fan of Jane Eyre as it is so I am still unsure as to why I picked this book up. I thought it would be darker but it was still romantic, dramatic and not dark enough for how it was advertised in my opinion. It was okay -- but I didn't understand why this story needed to be told or retold.

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laphampeak
Dec 27, 2016

Where can you find a story that acknowledges Jane Eyre at the beginning of each chapter, fuels the strong independent woman theme at a time when women were for marriage, kids, or whores, bends a good mystery like Sherlock Holmes, and even makes for a bit of historic literature? This novel had a little bit of everything a reader could want with twists and turns, humor, and mayhem.

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booknrrd
Dec 06, 2016

Jane Steele both pays homage to and reimagines Jane Eyre, except Jane Steele is a serial killer.

It was a delight to read. Highly recommended.

JCLAmandaW Sep 01, 2016

An interesting and well written story about a woman who is both villain and heroine. The book is written in Jane's point of view and offers a fascinating psychological insight into how she sees herself, how others see her and how you, the reader, may see her. Dark and humorous, it was a great read.

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ApollosRaven
Aug 27, 2016

Lyndsay Faye writes. Really writes. Writes so well, so intelligently, and so skillfully inhabits the narrative voice of Jane Steele that I'm now reading her earlier books. Jane Eyre accepted the injustices visited upon her.... Jane Steele does not.

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finn75
Jul 10, 2016

A reimaginging of Jane Eyre as a heroic serial killer. Your sympathy is with the heroine as she deals with one blow after another before finding her own happy ending.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

This was fun. I was glad to read in the author’s notes, that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. It was intended an improbably remake of Jane Eyre. It was satisfying to see love triumph over evil as Jane found her true love where she least expected it.

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jazpur
May 06, 2016

Not really. No. The question is why do this? Just because you can doesn't always mean that you should. All a bit much. However, it was amusing and satirical in parts which helped get past the bogged down bits.

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athompson10
Apr 30, 2016

Fun book; satire with a good heart and some funny dialogue along the way.

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