ARC Review – Jane Steele

Posted March 22, 2016 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review / 5 Comments

ARC Review – Jane SteeleJane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 22, 2016
Genres: Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 432
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt 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 aunt 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?

4.5 Stars for Jane Steele !


Jane Steele is a Victorian mystery with humor and romance. I have to admit I was tempted to stop reading this book. The first part of the book moved slowly but I continued to read hoping the story would grab my attention. About 20% into the book the twists of the story drew me in and I was unable to put this down.


The synopsis states this is a gothic retelling of Jane Eyre. I have not read Charlotte Brontë ‘s classic so I was worried I would be unable to understand this story. But I had no problem following the story. The main character Jane Steele is fond of Jane Eyre and often mentions the book, but these are brief moments therefore it is not necessary to have read the book. Once I finished Jane Steele I was curious about Jane Eyre. I researched on the internet and discovered the connection. Jane Steele’s plot is similar to Jane Eyre and follows the same timeline for the main character. It starts with Jane as a child, then her school years, and finally to her adulthood. Along the way Jane deals with harsh times and commits multiple murders. But they deserved to die! Jane is not a mass murderer and actually lives with the guilt of what she’s done. A surprising change of events brings her full circle back to her childhood home and that is when the story gets really exciting! But I don’t want to spoil it so you’ll have to read the book.


As I said earlier the beginning of the book was slow for me and that is the only reason I give this 4.5 stars. I enjoyed the charming characters, the humor and the suspense.


I received a copy of Jane Steele through Penguin Books First To Read. Thank you to First To Read for the opportunity.


Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

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5 responses to “ARC Review – Jane Steele

  1. If I remember correctly the beginning of Jane Eyre was painfully slow so the fact that this one was slow at the beginning is kind of fitting. I’ve been wanting to read this one and I’m glad to know I don’t have to be an expert in the original to enjoy it. I read it in high school but my memory is pretty shaky on it.

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    • Kathy

      That’s interesting to hear. So I guess the author also took that as inspiration for her book. But Jane Eyre is just mentioned as her favorite book and character so it is fine if you don’t remember the details of the book. Thanks Katherine!

    • Kathy

      I saw the mix reviews and that’s what encouraged me to continue on. I’m glad I did since it turned out really good plus a nice change from the romance I’ve been reading lol. Thanks Lexxie!!