Jane Steele

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Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Amand Eyre.


Like the heroine of the ovel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the han of her grandma and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked- but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London 's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her mother has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate 's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household 's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him- body, soul and secrets- and what if he discovers her murderous past?
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Published March 22nd 2016 by Headline Review
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Jane Steele
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Oh, I knew who I was- a scarlet-toothed tigress, one forever burdened by the iron weight of her own black stripes.many thanks to the great anmiryam for passing this arc my way, because it was so exactly what i wanted to read, i do n't even feel bad about letting it cut the line of book-suitors already vying for my attentions.

if the book interests me based on a review, i add it to my to-read list, " like " the review, and move along.

but that 's not it at all- it 's much cheekier and more exciting than that.this follows the life and bloody trail of jane steele, whose experiences mirror Jane Eyre in some ays, but is a much easier character for a modern reader to applaud.

do n't get me wrong, Jane Eyre is a great ook, but i personally get a little tired with the way she sabotages her own happiness based on her notions of propriety or morality and the conventions of her time.

the novell is presented as an utobiography, with a twist: I have been reading over and over again the most poignan book titled Jane Eyre, and the work inspires me to imitative acts.

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It reminded me of how passionate I was about learning to read when I was 5 or 6 so that I could read all the novel I wanted to whenever I wanted to and not have to wait my turn to have my parents read them to me.It also reminded me of my first impressions of classics such as the ritings of the Bronte sibling and Daphne duMaurier.

if the endearments I showered him with, all the languidly falling petals of my shaken tree, were written rather than spoken, so much the better – he could read them over whensoever he liked, shove them in a drawer if he preferred, and my love would have some permanence, the way whispers made in the dead of night do not. ” Or this one: “ As I seemed incapable of turning myself in, however, would any harm come to the world if for the moment I thought of this newly reborn Jane.

There was no one else volunteering for the task, after all. ” And another beautiful metaphor, in speaking of her father: “ We shared the same tastes once, Clarke and I, moved in twin orbits like binary stars. ” Toward the closing hapters of the memoir, Jane Steele writes, “ I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: here perished a species which loved to tell stories. ” Amen to that, and may great storytellers like Lindsay Faye continue to share their craft with all of us.

For me, during the whol time I was reading this memoir, I was utterly transported and reluctant to leave when it was over.So often the way with the best tories.

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I love how it parallels Jane Eyre.

I love how fierce Jane Steele is as a villai.

I love how well Faye captures the dark gothic feel of Jane Eyre.

I ship it so hard that I honestly do n't give a shit that the pace gets a lot slower in the middle section of the book.So yeah.

19/6/2016This book was sold to me as being a etelling of Jane Eyre in which Sally is a rapist.

Yes, a ot of the events parallel what happens in Jane Eyre- evil aunt, creepy cousin, oppressive boarding school led by a hypocrite, ends up as governess to a young foreign girl, falls for her slightly mysterious boss, ends up with an unexpected inheritance.

The protagonist considers it one of her favorit ooks, and each chapter starts with a quotatio from Jane Eyre.All of which is a really long winded way of saying that this is a stor without being a stor.

Melanie 's character is so great- she 's full of guilt over her first murder, but in a " my actions caused him to do this, which forced me to defend myself " way.

So the diversity and the complexities of the tory at Highgate and how Jane comes to realise that she and Thornfield both punish themselves for their past actions are simply wonderful.

I also loved that the story features a Victorian era female protagonist who 's not ashamed of liking sex.

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This is one of those times…While marketed as a ‘ retelling ’ of Jane Eyre, in truth, our protagonist, Jane Fenton, sees a dark parallel between her life and that of Jane Eyre, and is inspired to write her own book, so technically it ’ s not really a ‘ retelling ’ in the way we commonly refer to it.

But, as a massiv fan of classic Gothic stories, Jane Eyre, in contex, this book literally rocked my world!! Right away I recognized the writing style.

Iren Steele walked away with my heart in her pocket.

It ’ s si of those tories that makes me want to hug the book hold it close to my heart, because it 's stories like this one that reminds me of how I feel in love with reading and why.

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Indeed, Jane Eyre tucks herself away in a curtained alcove at the earl of her saga, and thus at least attempts docility.I was not a fictional orphan but a real one.

Like Sarah, she attends a boarding school, one even more horrid than the original.

Reader, would you prefer me to have felt remorse in the ftermath of my second slaughter? Though the brutality of the act sent fearsome tremors through my small frame for days and weeks afterwards, never have I regretted ending the life of my headmaster.

There are complex relationships in this memoir, particularly among the girls at the boarding school.

They are sisters, bound together by misery, although loyalty is not always ensured.This book warranted a 3 and not a 4 because the story dragged after Jane started working for Mr. Thornfield as his ward 's governess.

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I also read Jane Eyre this year in preparation for this nove that celebrates that story, which is even more stupi because I ended up five starring it.

This is extra sad, because in this story Jane is a serial killer.

I mean, it is ard to not get hyped about a serial iller who loves Jane Eyre.

Overall, this isn ’ t a etelling of Jane Eyre, but a celebration of the tale, starring a girl obsessed with the original work.

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