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.

Latest Discussion

Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSerial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Jane Steele 8 months 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 trait. Otherwise, it would have been just a serial killer novel. @marie_a, you’re so right about Jane having alies but not realizing it until later. I was so relieved that Charles accepted Jane as she was without trying to make her feel any more guilt about her past. A lot of that was probably due to his unconventional upbringing away from the class structure of England.

  • [FORUM] Marie Alice replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSerial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Jane Steele 8 months 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 and easily imprisoned and crucified in the press. Really appreciated the Inspector’s role as an ally, and all the other allies Jane had along the way even though she couldn’t see them until the end.

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSetting in the forum Jane Steele 8 months 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 Group logo of Jane SteeleSerial Killer or Vigilante? in the forum Jane Steele 8 months 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 happen in a real-life situation. She would have been all over the news as a serial murderer.

  • [FORUM] Angela replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSurprise ending? Spoilers in the forum Jane Steele 8 months 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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