Rated 5 of 5 stars
“A re-imagining 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.” Description on NetGalley site
I was intrigued by Jane Eyre as a serial killer. I love Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the thought of her being a serial killer was too hard to pass on. Lyndsay Faye does an excellent job of bridging the gap between Bronte’s prose style and a little less formal style. It was a very approachable text and drew me right in.
If the reader had not read Jane Eyre already, they will still enjoy Jane Steele. Ms. Faye uses quotations from Jane Eyre sprinkled throughout the text. The quotes mirror what is occurring in Jane Steele’s own story. For someone who has read and loved Jane Eyre, the quotes are like magic touchstones tying the two works together.
It is hard to discuss the plot without giving any spoilers. Let me say that Jane is an amazing character. She is no one’s victim and fully cognizant of her misdeeds and her motivations. I found that I liked her quite a bit. The other main character à la Mr. Rochester is complex and is slowly revealed through the course of the story. There were many unique and distinctly not British characters in this book. They were fascinating. I will be looking into a few of the books the author recommends to learn more.
The story moves along at a good pace, slower in some parts and faster in others. It works well. I did not become bored or distracted while reading it. The story had my full attention. Finally one sentence the author wrote in her afterward resonates very strongly with me and I think it is a fitting ending for a review of the book. “I hope the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories.”
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