Katie’s Staff Pick – “Jane Steele”

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Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

“Reader, I murdered him.”

Jane Steele’s life closely mirrors that of her favorite novel’s heroine: she spends her childhood living with relatives who despise her, is shipped off to an oppressive boarding school, and finds herself working as a governess. Oh, and she also leaves behind the corpses of a few men who have tormented her and her friends.

This book is an awesome blend between Jane Eyre and Dexter. It probably shouldn’t work, but it does. It never crosses the line into flippancy (while still being a lot of fun) and contains lots of genuine heart. The characters were great: loathsome when I was supposed to hate them and lovable and funny and a little crass when I was supposed to like them. For anyone who has ever enjoyed Jane Eyre, this is a great, wry, somewhat ridiculous love letter. And if you hated Jane Eyre? This might be a little more to your taste.

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