A reimagining 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." "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 .
'"Witty and exquisitely plotted, this is such a delectable treat 'tis a pity it has to end." - People"[Jane Steele's] crimes are wonderfully entertaining." -The New York Times Book Review "An entertaining riff on Jane Eyre ...sheer mayhem meets Victorian propriety." - USA Today " Jane Eyre gets a dose of Dexter. In a story that's equal parts romance, thriller, and satire, the Brontë heroine is made over into a fighter with a shadowy past." - Cosmopolitan "A thrill ride of a novel. A must read for lovers of Jane Eyre , dark humor, and mystery." - PopSugar.com"Delectable...Bronte fans and unfamiliar readers alike will be sucked into Jane's rich story, filled with love and secrets a plenty. This book will take you on a dark and unforgettable journey." - Bustle.com" Jane Steele is the hard-edged Jane Eyre you never knew you wanted...A Jane Eyre for our age, with a heroine who can wield both a knife and a well-placed insult. That her crimes are endearing instead of alienating is both a tribute to Faye's deceptively charming style and to Jane's sturdy yet pliant moral code. Who could begrudge a few casualties when you're having this much fun?" - BN.com "This book scratched all my favorite itches: Victoriana, feminist rage, and excellent, gut-punch sentences. You'll love this Jane just as much as you love the original." - BookRiot.com"Faye's skill at historical mystery was evident in her nineteenth-century New York trilogy, but this slyly satiric stand-alone takes her prowess to new levels. A must for Brontë devotees; wickedly entertaining for all."- Booklist (starred review)"Young Jane Steele's favorite book, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre , mirrors her life both too little and too much...In an arresting tale of dark humor and sometimes gory imagination, Faye has produced a heroine worthy of the gothic literature canon but reminiscent of detective fiction."- Library Journal (starred review)"Let's be honest here. When I was sent an advanced readers' copy of JANE STEELE, which was billed as an historical crime novel with a Jane-Eyre-style heroine who becomes a serial killer, I thought someone was pulling my leg. I decided to read ten pages, just to annoy myself as I'm often inclined to do. Also, to show what a good sport I am. I was hooked by page five and read my way through at a merry clip. I loved this book! The language rings true, the period details are correct. Jane Steele is a joy, both plucky and rueful in her assessment of her dark deeds. The plotting is solid and the pacing sublime. If this were a series, this would be the perfect introduction. As a stand-alone, I give it an A+"-Sue Grafton, No. 1 New York Times - bestselling author "This is a wonderfully wicked book. The deadly first chapter actually made me gasp. Jane Steele is a character you will not soon forget. Great evil fun!" - R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street Lyndsay Faye pulls off the most elusive feat of historical fiction: to give us a book that reads as though it was unearthed from a perfectly preserved antique chest. Sneakily charming and wildly well written, like Faye's other novels JANE STEELE demands attention. - Matthew Pearl, New York Times - bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer "I've just read the next best thing...Enhanced by truly original and poetic turns of phrase...throughout its compelling narrative, Jane Steele pleas for a comfortable chair, a crackling fireplace, and an ideal adult beverage to guarantee a thoroughly pleasurable winter evening."--Otto Penzler, Owner of The Mysterious Bookshop "JANE STEELE is lethal good fun! In Jane, Lyndsay Faye has created a heroine unwilling to suffer tyrants or fools. The result is a darkly-humorous, elegantly-crafted story of an "accidental" vigilante. A delicious read."--Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist "Enchanting. JAN
Lyndsay Faye is also the author of The Gods of Gotham and Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, praised by the Conan Doyle Estate for its enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon and its rigorous attention to the grim details of the Jack the Ripper murders. Her short story 'Colonel Warburton's Madness' was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2010, co-edited by Otto Penzler and Lee Child. She resides in Manhattan with her husband.