Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 22 2016
Genres: crime, historical fiction
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Jane’s life pretty much sucks. Her mom is a bit crazy, she aunt hates her and her cousin like to flash her in the woods. And when cousin attempts to rape her, she is her first victim.
Jane leaves a trail of bodies in her wake, not as a serial killer who cannot help themselves, but as a woman who is just trying to live her life while a few sleazy men try to take advantage of her or a few trusted friends.
But it is when she takes a job at the house she grew up in, a house that should be hers, that things a bit muddled. Jane juggles hiding from her own past, teaching a horse crazed girl, trying to find evidence that she is the rightful heir to Highgate House, and find out what kind of mysterious dealing her new boss is into. So her fun ragey-ness takes a back seat to missing jewels and a history lesson on the English colonialism of India. I missed the fearless and ruthless Jane from earlier in the book, but she did get back to her vengeful self for the climax.
A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.
Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito, and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents—the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair’s violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him—body, soul, and secrets—without revealing her own murderous past?