Jane Steele is a young girl living with a beautiful
mother in a little cottage beside a mansion where her
aunt and cousin lives. The feelings between Jane's mother
and aunt are frosty. Then, one sad day Jane's mother
takes her own life with an overdose of morphine and leaves
Jane alone in the world. It's not long after that Jane
changes even more when she by accident kills someone. And
that changes her whole life.
JANE STEELE is not a typical retelling; sure it bares
similarities with Jane Eyre; Jane Steele is an
she ends up in a boarding school with a cruel
schoolmaster and she works as a governess later on in
life. What I like is that Jane Steele likes and
identifies herself with Jane Eyre. She feels like they
are kindred spirits. But unlike Jane Eyre who was called
wicked, Jane Steele is fearful that she really is wicked.
Because she has after all done wicked things...
I knew I had to read this book from the moment I read the
blurb. And, that's despite the fact that I've never
really been that fond of Jane Eyre. The thought of a
dark tale, of another Jane who doesn't suffer everyone's
torment but actually acts against those who are against her
others, well, I was intrigued. I could hardly put
the book down.
JANE STEELE is the first book I've read by Lyndsay Faye and
was instantly enthralled with the writing and the story.
The book is very good from start to finish, but as much
as I like reading about Jane growing up, my favorite
part is when she comes back to Highgate House where her
and cousin had lived and where now the mysterious Mr.
Thornfield lives. Her life is forever changed as she
falls in love with Charles Thornfield, but he has enemies
and a dark past from India. Jane is no meek English
governess and both residents at Highgate House will learn.
I recommend JANE STEELE to anyone who likes a darker
historical mystery. The links to Jane Eyre are there
I think the similarities will delight the reader, but
JANE STEELE it still its own story because ultimately
Jane Steele is a more dangerous person to deal with than
Jane Eyre ever was. So sit back, relax and just enjoy the
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.