If you subscribe to my newsletter, you have already read my fangirl squeeing over this, but for everyone else, it’s almost time for JANE STEELE to hit the bookstore shelves!
Last autumn I crossed paths with author Lyndsay Faye, and we decided to do a book swap. I sent her A CURIOUS BEGINNING and she sent an advance copy of her upcoming release, JANE STEELE. The title heroine is cast in the mold of Jane Eyre with one notable difference—she’s a serial killer. I’m not kidding; the tagline is, “Reader, I murdered him.”
As a huge fan of JANE EYRE, I couldn’t resist, and believe me when I tell you it was one of the best things I’ve read in YEARS. I absolutely devoured this book and have been singing its praises ever since. It has gotten such great advance praise that the publisher bumped up the release date, and it will be published March 22. Lyndsay is touring for the release, and if you can get to where she is, GO. If not, grab yourself a copy of JANE STEELE by way of consolation. And in the meantime, reread JANE EYRE just to prime the pump.
Here are a few things people are saying about JANE STEELE:
“Let’s be honest here. When I was sent an advanced readers’ copy of JANE STEELE, which was billed as an historical crime novel with a Jane-Eyre-style heroine who becomes a serial killer, I thought someone was pulling my leg. I decided to read ten pages, just to annoy myself as I’m often inclined to do. Also, to show what a good sport I am. I was hooked by page five and read my way through at a merry clip. I loved this book! The language rings true, the period details are correct. Jane Steele is a joy, both plucky and rueful in her assessment of her dark deeds. The plotting is solid and the pacing sublime. If this were a series, this would be the perfect introduction. As a stand-alone, I give it an A+”
—Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This is a wonderfully wicked book. The deadly first chapter actually made me gasp. Jane Steele is a character you will not soon forget. Great evil fun!”
—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street
*Don’t forget, I’ll be appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville this Saturday, March 19!