Sunday, 17 April 2016

Book Review: Jane Steele

Jane Steele
By Lindsay Faye
Published by Headline
Available in trade paperback and ebook
Paperback forthcoming


We've had classics remade into modern day versions - Pride and Prejudice morphed into Bridget Jones' Diary, and we've had zombies make appearances in classics - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Now we have gutsy, independent and fierce serial killers in the reimagining of Jane Eyre.

This is gothic romp full of thrills and spills (of blood, lots of blood!) with a protagonist who will not suffer fools or tolerate rat-bags. Jane Steele adores Jane Eyre, not just in their related characteristics but their lives - both orphans, both suffering cruelly in the hands of family, and working as a governess but there's one huge difference. Reader, Jane Steele is a serial killer, and will hack down anyone who stands in her way.

Leaving corpses as she flees boarding school, London, and the home of her employer. Who, like Jane Eyre, has fallen in love with her employer but will he find out the truth?

I loved this book as I have read Jane Eyre countless times for my A Level English Literature course (back in the day), and funnily enough even though I read it too many times I didn't learn to hate (which normally happens when I read a book over and over, pulling it a part looking for meanings). There are lots of nods towards Jane Eyre, and fans will love this.

This is a book about a woman becoming independent and standing up for her rights when doing so wasn't the 'right thing to do' and was seen as being a failure - it was all about leaving school, being accomplished and marrying a man for fortune and land. Not love. Think Jane Eyre meets Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games.

Jane Steele is a fun and entertaining read, and will appeal to anyone who has read Jane Eyre (if you did A Level English Literature then I'm looking at you) or just wants to read a book and wants to have a jolly good time. You can buy Jane Steele from your favourite bookshop.

I was sent a copy by the publisher.

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