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"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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By barbara on 06-01-16
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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By missgrundy on 04-26-16
What a great book --
I love, love, love this book. Even if you don't know Jane Eyre, it's still a rollicking good story. Jane Steele is a plucky heroine and her adventures are compelling. There are thrilling moments and laugh-aloud moments, and the narrator is nothing short of wonderful -- so many voices, so well done. Highly recommended.
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