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."
"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 BrontE's classic Jane Eyre.
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by Faye Kellerman
by Elizabeth Hay
by Lyndsay Faye
by Jennifer Faye
by Anna Mazzola
by John Milliken Thompson
"Lyndsay Faye's reworking of JANE EYRE is exceedingly well crafted, with impeccable narration to match from Susie Riddell. Faye's main character, Jane Steele, is aware of the Bront‘ novel and conscious about the ways in which her story follows Jane's. These details make for some interesting musings on her situation and remind the listener of the connection in a way that feels natural. Riddell's narration is a wonderful match for Jane's prickly but empathetic personality. Riddell expertly conveys Jane's fears and ambitions, while also breathing life and individuality into a host of other characters with whom Jane interacts. Lovers of JANE EYRE or any of Faye's other works will be captivated by this engaging listen. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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