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 Brontë'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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Jul 05, 2020


JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 10, 2020

Soooo, good. This Jane Eyre retelling will appeal to mystery fans. "Reader, I murdered him!" Feels a little like Fingersmith meets Jane Eyre.

CCPL_Carly Jan 15, 2020

Flirting with the style of both gothic literature and detective novels, Jane Steele provides a clever retelling of Brontë's classic with an added dose of darkness, murder, and revenge. The quick pacing and twists yield more of a suspenseful thriller than subdued Victorian literature, but the book has enough of both to satisfy fans of the original and those who love a pastiche.

Jul 04, 2019

I have always love Jane Eyre so I took a chance on this book. I really enjoyed it, I loved what she did with the story, it’s a dark and gothic romance. So so good.

ArapahoeJohanna Sep 15, 2018

This book has all the elements of a lurid Gothic romance, but it's written to appeal to more modern sensibilities. It has all the murder and mayhem you could ever want from a Jane-Eyre-inspired novel!

DBRL_JessicaS Sep 01, 2018

I was a huge fan of Jane Eyre, so when I found Jane Steele, I was a little worried that it wouldn't stand the same for me. However, as an adaptation, i enjoy what the writer has done. While Jane Eyre focused on one type of person in the universe during Jane Eyre's lifetime, Jane Steele bounces around ideas of social class and gender. It gives a look at things in Jane Eyre's life with a bit more detail and a bit more scandal.

Oct 08, 2017

Although I am normally wary when it comes to books 'inspired' by "Jane Eyre" (sequels, prequels, Jane as a vampire slayer or a detective, etc), I must say that I have really enjoyed this story. First of all, this is not a re-writing of the original novel by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Steele is a young woman who happens to live a complicated life in Victorian England, to have a penchant for murder, and to like the book "Jane Eyre." The story is told with humor and is an interesting foray in the Victorian London underworld, where our Jane feels at ease and where she learns invaluable skills with a knife and with a pen. I don't want to reveal the plot, so I will say that there are occasional similarities with the Bronte book, but this is a far different story. Some important issues are also addressed here, such as children and women's abuse, addictions, or imperialism. I am actually sorry that I didn't know about this book last year, when I took a class on British imperialism and Victorian Lit. I worked on how the distant East 'invades' the tranquility of the English countryside in Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" and this book shows how colonial crimes in India have consequences not only on the perpetrators but also on some innocent victims. In any case, I highly suggest reading this book (and "The Moonstone").

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.

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.

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.

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