Jane Steele

  • by Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by Susie Riddell
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer, from the author whose work The New York Times described as "riveting" and The Wall Street Journal called "thrilling".
"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.


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Wonderful reinvention!

I have to say that I went back and forth before buying this book. Jane Eyre being one of my absolute favorite books. I was worried that a story so connected to it could potentially diminish my loving memory of the original. I'm happy to report that no such thing happened. This is a wonderfully inventive and compelling read! The Jane Eyre references only endeared me to it. I will most definitely be recommending Jane Steele to everyone I know!
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- barbara

Victorian Fighter with Heart and Intellect-Yes!

"Jane Steele" is set in Victorian England with our heroine, Jane, narrating the story. Jane is orphaned at age 7 or 8 and the tale spins from there with Jane fighting to make a life for herself. This novel reads as a gothic tale with modern prose and historical accuracy. Our heroine eloquently details her adventures, her loyalties, and her dogged determination to fight for herself and for those she loves. The first two thirds of this novel had me spellbound as I love gothic adventures especially with female heroines. I would have given this story five stars but I found the last third of the novel dragged with details of Jane's fight to regain the home that was rightfully hers. Jane falls in love and the adventures become less prominent while at the same time the villains become less vile. Despite that observation, I would not have missed this novel. Lyndsay Faye is a brilliant author. The performance by Susie Riddell was flawless. I highly recommend this listen to adults and young adults and particularly to women.
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- Marjorie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio