Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jane Steele: Crazy Or Calculating?

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is the pseudo-autobiography of a young woman who identifies with Jane Eyre. Faye delivers a brutal blow in the very beginning when Miss Steele confesses to be a serial killer, and her first victim is a family member. Told solely from Steele’s POV, at first glance, she appears to be a murderess with no regard for the lives of others. However, it is her high regard of those closest to her that motivates her to eliminate anyone she considers a threat.

Faye conveys an exceptional personal drama as Steele reflects on her past hardships and complicated relationships. I was fascinated by the closeness Steele felt for others, even as she struggled to keep her many secrets, fearing no one would want anything to do with her should they discover her true nature. All of the characters likewise intrigued me, particularly Inspector Quillfeather.

The novel is divided into three parts, and the turn of events in the last section is shocking, intense and full of twists compared to the first two sections. Jane Steele is like Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper thrown together to create an unusual young lady’s coming of age, finding her future tangled in the past of Charles Thornfield, the love of her life.

The mix of genres – suspense, drama, romance and crime-thriller – made every page of this story a very engaging reading experience. I look forward to reading more by Lyndsay Faye.

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