Title: Jane Steele
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Who Should Read It: Anyone who likes darker, gothic classics such as Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and The Woman in White.
Review: Like so many characters who have come before her, Jane Steele lives in Victorian England has been orphaned and sent to a cruel boarding school. But unlike other characters who have come before her, Jane is not one to sit back and be mis-treated. We know from the very first sentence that she is a murderer. "Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important." Not only a murder, but serial murderer. And yet Jane is hard not to like, despite her murderess streak. She is witty and smart. At 24, she she returns to her childhood home under false pretenses, claiming to be a governess, confident that she is its rightful owner. Upon her return, she discovers the most unusual owner and occupants who have lived most of their years in India. Like Jane, the new owner Charles has his own secrets--What is the renovation in the basement? How is it that Charles and his butler are so skilled in weaponry? And of course, like every good gothic novel, the potential of romance exists between Jane and her new employer. Filled with period detail, action, romance and wit, this is a book not to miss.