Jane Eyre is my favourite classic, and has been since high school. So I was intrigued when I first heard about Jane Steele.
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. – Goodreads
Jane Steele goes through what many female protagonists experience in the classics: cruel family members, terrifying headmasters, men who want to control her or the women in her life. But unlike the classics, she doesn’t bear the indignities in silence – instead, she kills those who cross her. It’s an usual twist, and I actually found myself cheering her on at times. She’s a bit like Dexter, in a way.
The writing is sharp, the pacing quick, and the world building is fantastic. Faye has created a story that is part mystery, part thriller and part romance. The second half meanders a bit, but Faye pulls it together for a relatively solid ending. So yes, Jane Steele is worth the hype.
Oh! And there is a passage near the end that I absolutely adore:
I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories.