Jane Steele

By: Lyndsaye Faye
Published: 2016

Flight Pick

A Curious Beginning

Anne’s thoughts

ane Eyre lovers, you can relax: while Faye—and her heroine, Jane Steele—draw serious inspiration from Jane Eyre, It draws serious inspiration from Brontë’s classic, it’s not a retelling. Instead, it’s delightfully meta: our titular narrator tells us the inspiration to write down her story came from “the most riveting book titled Jane Eyre.” This Jane is a wise-cracking, whipsmart, unconventional young woman who rebels against Victorian convention, but she has a heart of gold. Jane makes a perfect pairing with Veronica and Deanna Raybourn’s petticoat and parasol brigade.

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Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Serial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Jane definitely was a woman ahead of her time, in that she would not be treated poorly or act subserviently to a man. Even though she felt guilty about it, she clearly felt a certain amount of responsibility to stand up for women who were abused. The fact that Jane only murdered people who did terrible harm to others was her redeeming character…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Marie Alice replied to the topic Serial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I hadn’t put this into words until Jane talked with the inspector about her past—-how children and women are vilified for protecting themselves…that by not accepting abuse other people think there’s something wrong with Jane and that Jane herself thinks she is bad inside. @angelajf, I agree she would still be seen as a serial murderer today…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Setting in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I loved the setting, too! Of course, I am a sucker for anything set in the UK. @maryt – I too found myself wanting to learn more about the British Empire in India. I looked up Sikhism and was fascinated.

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Serial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    For the first 100 pages or so, I thought the story was going to be about a serial killer. Then, though, I started to see Jane as a vigilante standing up for abused women. I really liked how the author showed Jane grappling with her past and gradually accepting that she is not an awful person. However, I was constantly thinking about what would…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Surprise ending? Spoilers in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I was not expecting the twist about her father at all. I thought Jane would find out that the property was rightfully hers, she would tell Mr. Thornfield, and they would all live there together.

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