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?
This novel is super entertaining. I didn't know what to expect going in, but it's a real treat. I don't always get into historical reads this much, but I was so deep in Jane Steele that I lost track of time on more than one occasion.
Jane is an easily loved character and an excellent narrator. She does commit murder several times, but she's like an avenger on the side of good. She can be someone's best friend or worst enemy. The reader can't help but applaud many of her acts.
The story begins with her as a young girl so the reader gets to witness her growing up. The first part of the book is her trying to survive and passing through several temporary places to live. It's full of adventure. The second part is after she is a more settled adult. It's full of schemes and mysteries.
Jane Steele is historical fiction with a bang. It has humor, heart, escapades, mystique and a lead who's both a lover and a fighter. If you're in the mood for something different, you should try this one.